Artichoke, Mint and Radish Salad - fresh from the vege patch
This is the first year I have grown radish and they have been bountiful. They take up little room and are easily grown from seeds. I did separate mine to have a little more space between, once they were seedlings. For anyone with limited space I would certainly throw these in a pot. Bugs were not a problem either. BONUS! They demanded little attention and will keep us in radishes for a month. Yum!
Remember that radish do not keep fresh for long and are best served within a couple of days of picking them. If you buy them from the store, I would use them that day. Nothing worse than a spungey radish.
Fact: Radishes can be planted throughout the garden and under plants like cucumbers to deter cucumber beetles
Eating fresh radish has many health benefits. Here are some below:
- Aids digestion. Radishes are a natural cleansing agent for the digestive system, helping to break down and eliminate stagnant food and toxins built up over time
- High in Vitamin C
- Low calorie count, less than 20 calories in an entire cup, radishes are a great way to add nutrients, fiber and tons of flavor to your meals without compromising your health
- As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (same family as broccoli and cabbage) radishes contain phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals that are cancer protecting
Artichoke, Mint and Radish Salad Serves 2
You will need:
- 1 cup roughly chopped fresh mint (washed and dried)
- 1 bunch of radish with leaves still attached (washed and dried)
- 1/2 cup of pickled artichoke drained, finely sliced
- 1/2 cup goats cheese or feta cheese finely sliced or crumbled
- Handful of walnuts
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
- Rind and juice of half a lemon
Start by separating the leaves from the radish and finely slicing. Set to one side. Now finely slice the radish removing the root and top.
Using a large bowl or chopping board, mix the mint, artichoke, radishes and radish leaves together using your hands. Now add the feta or goats cheese and walnuts.
Using the finest grater you have, grate the half lemon over your salad. Then squeeze the juice over and drizzle with the olive oil. Salt and Pepper to taste.
There you have a simple healthy dish that can be served on its own or with fish/red meat/chicken.
It is such a fresh crunchy salad. The peppery taste of the radish and leaves are incredible.