Thank you! Creating a Radish Leaf Pesto … Add lemon juice, date syrup, garlic walnuts, and nutritional yeast. Love this zero waste recipe! I think about her, and Romain’s parents, every time I chop off and toss radish leaves, which are always sold attached to the radishes in France. I do this several times until I’m confident no dirt remains. And your visits to brocantes! Hi, Laurie, Thanks so very much and so glad you enjoyed! Glad you enjoy this recipe; it really is a keeper! Will defrost and be surprised. Here in Brooklyn, I’m still trying to shop and cook more wisely since the virus seems to be with us for who knows how long. Thanks, Michelle! Radish greens wilt quickly when separated from the root, so placing them in cool water like this also helps to perk them up. We also eat maybe a bunch of radish a week. Pungent, peppery radish greens make perfect pesto and pack a nutritional punch! She steamed them just until wilted. Such a lovely pesto. I use La Roche-Posay crème solaire fluide face cream which is excellent but like the Galderma, it’s not waterproof. Do you think that adding the turnip greens to the mix would work? Copyright 2014 - 2020 - FROM A CHEF'S KITCHEN AND A THOUGHT FOR FOOD. Thanks again! Thanks again! I pick them up at flea markets when I see ’em Reply, But is it as good as pesto made with basil?!?!?!?!??! However, I still find myself scaping that ‘last bean’, that bit of mayo or whatever before the container is tossed. Hi, Teresa Marie, Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed! We never ran out of anything. Reply, It’s different, of course, but 1) We don’t get generous bunches of basil in Paris and 2) This uses something one might ordinarily toss, plus you can make it year ’round! Do I pack them in, do I let lots of air fill them up?? In March. When you’re confident they’re nice and clean, spin dry in a salad spinner. Serve as a dip with veggies or smear a bit on a slice of radish for an extra peppery bite. Save some scrap and then shop a whole bunch to turn it into something wonderful ending up with leftover something that goes back into the freezer! Thanks again! We love this pesto with potatoes and with fish. A little bit of lemon juice in the pesto really punches up the flavor. When I showed him your post today he suggested we get some radishes…, Missed our annual two months in vaison la romaine this year but your blog and ig makes me feel a little less sad. Place the greens in the sink and gently move them around. Made this pesto today with our extra tops – the boyfriend loves it Thank you for validating my culinary adventures in being frugal. Add more olive oil if necessary to bring to your desired … You can make pesto from many things and I’m sure turnip greens would also work. I followed the recipe and it was nice but quite bitter. You could do either. I’m from England, and yes, I remember the purple ink prices stamped onto goods. WOW! We love radishes too so I had to find a great way to use the leaves. Love the idea of doing it with basil and you can definitely use almost any nut. 🍽 Main Course Thanks again and hope you enjoy! It stays green! Does it really matter? I’d like to increase my knowledge of what I can easily freeze so this will be super helpful to know. She served it with the bacon crumpled on top. If your radishes have small greens, or you need to toss a lot of sub-par leaves, just reduce the size of your pesto batch accordingly. Reply, That’s the perfect way! This pesto is so simple to make that you don’t have to worry about spending the afternoon making it, or cleaning up afterward. Reply, yes, that true – a full freezer does hold in the temperature better…which is one of my excuses for overstuffing it ;) Reply. She lived not only through both wars but also through the great depression between And experimenting with variations on it, as well. Love that you kicked it up with additional spices. Hi, Roja, Thanks so much! I’d probably make separate pestos with both. I don’t eat many radishes, but I make a similar food processor pesto with arugula or kale. Instead, I add several marinated artichoke hearts and a small amount of preserved lemon. Zero-waste cooking is something I really strive for. Just wondering…if freezing, why do you leave out the cheese and garlic? Thanks again and hope you enjoy! Hi! They are host to minerals like iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamin C. These are essential minerals for many of our bodily functions. Coarsely chop the radish leaves and put them in the bowl of a food processor along with the garlic, 1/4 cup of olive oil, Parmesan, almonds or pinenuts, and salt. It truly does have a wonderful flavor and I love that it doesn’t change color like basil pesto does. I don’t know if you still do food tours through Paris, but I enjoy hearing about where you go and what you enjoyed at different spots. Until your radish pesto recipe came along I only used radish leaves for smoothies, which turns boring and uninspired after a while (how many smoothies can one drink in a day?!?). I wandered the 5th for 2 hours one Friday evening searching for the elusive herb. Being a dedicated fan, I love getting your emails and recipes and have made many of them! So glad you enjoyed. Have loved a vicarious summer holiday via your blog and instagram. Still being much more conscious of not wasting anything. Thanks so much, Pat! No waste! Because I’m all about small batch recipes, and this was all meant to be. I use it to live vicariously and enjoy everything you share – especially travel stories mixed with food. Thanks for this great recipe! Thanks again for the great pairing suggestion! I can’t wait to try this at home. I will use a little of my precious stock of Italian pine nuts (kept in the freezer). It’s traditionally made with basil, but I commonly swap in mint, parsley, cilantro, carrot tops, kale, … We were surprised the first time we made it too! You'll need to stop the blender a few times to scrape down the sides. Reply, Hi David, I’ve been growing a lot of radishes in pots this summer – so easy! Thank you. There was a quarter cup of batter left in the bowl! That is so awesome! The pesto makes a delicious substitute for normal basil pesto. Reply, I grew radishes and will use the greens. Reply, Hi David – love your work – in your Sep Newsletter, you refer to Yellow Jackets as bees – please do not – wasps are true aggressive pests – and bees are our pollinating friends who only ever sting is self defense – they die after stinging. It would be a wonderful blog Entry to show how people are supposed to measure green leaves in a cup…. I would only give it two or three days as the radish flavor starts to fade. + when plucking the hens (my grandfather was the one to slay them) At least I’m not obsessive! Prep Time: 15 minutes. Drinking French Bar Boxes from Slope Cellars and K & L Wine Merchants, Little Africa Paris Crowdfunding Project with Live Cooking Demonstration & French Cooking Class ». Hello! I’d love to see that….Just for fun! Our cellar in CT was stocked with canned goods. There are plenty of pesto recipes on this site, sure, but this one is probably my favorite. 4 cups radish tops (packed), washed and dried, ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds, coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or pistachios, 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more as needed, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. It’s a noble cause to use everything you can. We eagerly anticipate the first radish from our garden each spring. Less expensive and good taste with a little crunch. Hi! Thanks again and hope you enjoy! Thanks again and glad you enjoyed! Just add everything to the machine, and blitz away. Actually surprised how good this tastes. In a food processor bowl, add the first 6 ingredients. I use a food processor but you can use a blender instead. Thank you! I knew there was something delicious to make with radish leaves! A small batch of radish leaf and basil pesto, even. Radish leaves can harbor a lot of grit so you may need to wash them in several changes of water, until no grit remains, as I do. Be sure to save those radish tops to make this delicious pesto that’s perfect with pasta, chicken, fish, and potatoes! The consistency is perfect. Do I get raw or roasted? Reply. Thanks, Taza! Thanks so very much and glad you enjoyed. Reply, Just yesterday I watched my wife cut the leaves from a bundle of radishes and toss them away. Place radish leaves in food processor. Glad everyone enjoyed and love that they never even suspected it was radish greens. Just finished my Soupe au Pistou, so will have with pasta tonight. I remember my grandmother didn’t ever want to throw anything away and once I decided to do something about it and went on a tear, cleaning out her kitchen cabinets, and she was reluctant to let me toss out the bulging cans of vegetables that were in the back, that still had the 21¢ price stickers on them, hand-stamped in purple ink, if you’re old enough to remember those. If needed, add 1 or 2 tablespoons or more olive oil, unless it's a smooth, moist paste, Holiday Gift Idea! I shared this recipe on the member page for my co-op farm. We spread it on homemade bread. I would also like to say that I’ve been reading your blog for 10+ years and, while I love your recipes and have made many, what I like most are your slices of everyday life in the city I’ve visited every spring (until this year) for 8 years. Radish pesto is so versatile I freeze it in 1/2 cup portions and use it in a variety of meats and vegetables. Ramona Reply. Add more parmesan, cashews and/or oil to this recipe in order to reduce the bitterness. My husband liked this radish leaf pesto better than Pesto with basil leaves! I totally agree about not wasting produce if at all possible. Hi, Melanie, Love that! Hope there’s nothing actually “prickly.” This pesto is perfect for larger and rougher radish greens because it does all blend together. Reply, Did not think of using radish leaves as pesto! Reply, A great all-purpose green sauce. I’ve heard adding a vitamin C tablet will keep them greener longer. Thanks again and hope this works for you! Place radish leaves in food processor. This is delicious! Love that you have radishes from your garden already! I always look forward to your newsletter. But now I can barely shut the door again. Reply, Alright. Reply, I feel so guilty tossing radish leaves and love pesto so this is a double win! Soooo good! I just picked some more radishes and I will be using the leaves to make more pesto. Can you freeze the radish leaves until you have enough to make a batch of pesto? Hi, Andrea, Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed! Add lemon juice, date syrup, garlic walnuts, and nutritional yeast. If using the salted, just be sure to not add any more salt or be careful adding more. Food52 features a recipe for a rustic soup that uses the whole radish, greens and all. Thanks again! Sometimes people tell me they freeze things like fruit slices, cakes, tarts, whey, bones, and what-have-you, and I’m insanely jealous of their copious freezer space. Thank you for that delicious-looking photo – pasta, peas, parmesan and pesto is now on next week’s menu. Naan Potato Pizza with Radish Top Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella, Green Minestrone with Radish Greens Pesto, Lasagna with Pesto, Green Beans and Potatoes, (Unlike basil leaves, radish leaves are quite firm so a mortar and pestle would require a lot more muscle.) Looking forward to trying them all out. Always from the farmers market so the leaves are good. Honestly? I try to not waste any food if possible. A radish leaves recipe is probably the last thing you thought you needed, right? Thanks again, hope that answers your question and hope you enjoy! I’m on a mission to use things up and I do EXACTLY that. Thanks again and hope you enjoy! You certainly could freeze it already completely prepared. Still having a hard time finding certain liqueurs.❤️ Reply, I love the spirit of this post. Your email address will not be published. Great recipe! Thanks, glad your recipe helped me use these nutritious leaves rather than discard them. Now I have justification to grow an even a larger batch of radishes next spring! Just wondering, how long does it keep in the fridge? In addition to a sauce for pasta, it can be used a spread on crackers toasted for an appetizer, as part of a sandwich, spread with goat cheese, avocado, or roasted vegetables, or a dip for raw vegetables, such as carrots, fennel, celery, kohlrabi, and beets. This easy to make Radish Green Pesto is made in just a few minutes and with 5 ingredients. Vegan parmesan “cheese” will also work nicely. After they’ve been processed into pesto, you won’t notice the rough texture at all. Radish Greens Pesto Be sure to use those radish greens for this simple, tasty pesto. I don’t toast them for pesto because it dries them out a little and I like the have as much of the nut oil as possible. It’s nut free , gluten free, paleo, and vegan. Thanks for the recipe! On the other hand, it’s hard to use everything up. It stays a bright vivid green and I did not know until I did this posting how nutritious radish greens are. In fact, there could be more photos of first spring radishes on my husband’s Facebook page than photos of our grandkids! Hi, Carrie, Never late to the party! Thanks again!! Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet. Thank you David for being you and keeping all of us x-pats feeling connected and inspired!! I think you’re good to go with about six months or so. I plan to use this over sauteed zucchini, zoodles, sauteed radishes, and maybe even those “miracle noodles”(we’re eating keto hence the low carb/high fat combos). The definitive entry was from 5 Recipes for Radish Leaves, which includes a green quiche recipe. And although I do not drink, your daily apero hours have kept me sane during this most difficult time. However you make it, be careful not to over-puree it; I like it best when it's a little chunky and a blender can easily make it too smooth. Replacing the parmesan with nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version is genius. My radish greens are very prickly- will this be the case after it is all blended? Hi, I have radish AND turnip greens right now. Reply, I often use pumpkin seeds in my pesto. Reply, Hi, David, I didn’t respond to your survey but I want to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. Hi, Tiffany, Thanks so much for your question. They’re also high in vitamin C and calcium. Will become an allotment day staple. Prepare radish top pesto: In a food processor or blender, add radish greens, pine nuts or seeds, garlic cloves, olive oil, cheese or nutritional yeast, sea salt, and black pepper. That pop of lemon and the saltiness brightens it. I am so happy I did! I’ve never done that but I don’t see why you can’t. Hi David, Thanks! You’ll love that it stays green! She suggested to make pesto. Mine is always packed. Hi, Connie! My freezers are always packed too! They can be cooked like any other green, but there too, you’ll want to use young and tender leaves. The young leaves are delicious in salads but I hadn’t thought of pesto. I needed to do this recipe in two batches to get it all in the processor. I don’t know of anyone right now but I’m sure it would work fine if that’s what you use regularly to achieve a “cheesy” taste. I think either would be fine. According to, radish greens are a nutritional powerhouse, ranking right up there with broccoli and kale in terms of antioxidants. Reply, I look forward to trying this recipe as soon as my newly-planted radishes are ready. radish greens! Can You Eat Radish Greens… My grandmother was the same way and referred to tiny bits of leftovers as “dabs”. Hi, Lauren, Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed! If you don't have a food processor you can also make this in a blender. These types of recipes don’t need completely exact amounts in my experience. Hi, Dee, Thanks so much for your question. It’s delicious! I used radish leaf and basil pesto on pizza (with radishes … Thanks. Best thing too is it doesn’t turn dark like basil after freezing. Now I do! I love the idea of serving it with steamed spuds. I sprinkle an entire packet of seed into a half barrel garden. Print Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, SnackCuisine: Mediterranean Prep Time: 10 minutes Servings: 8 Calories: 130kcal Author: Attainable Sustainable EquipmentFood processor or blender Ingredients3 cups radish greens1 tablespoon […] And so nice to be eating rather than composting them. Thanks again! This pesto has many of the same ingredients as a traditional basil pesto:  Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and nuts. Hi, BC, Thanks so very much and so glad you enjoyed! Remove any large stems and roughly chop the greens. Even my granddaughter loved it and she’s not into green food! 1 bunch radishes 1 lemon, juiced 1 clove garlic 1/2 cup walnuts 1 date 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 bunch basil (about 2 cups) sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste. whole almonds, unroasted, coarsely chopped, or 3 tablespoons untoasted pine nuts (30g). We do have nut allergy in house so using sunflower seeds. Hi, Bailey, Thanks so much for your question and glad you both enjoyed! I needed to do this recipe in two batches to get it all in the processor. Definitely remove them if they’re tough or woody. They will probably get thrown away next year, unless I make a ton of creamed soup this winter. Sorry for all the greens I have composted over the years. plus 1-2 tablespoons, or more, if necessary. I used toasted walnuts. Radish Greens Pesto. Enjoy! I’m so reminded of my grandmother! My husband and son loved the first one – so much. she had different boxes for the different kinds of feathers depending on how to use them later. Thanks again! Thanks again! Also, how did you know? Wow! Season to taste with salt and black pepper. I leave some to mature and others I snip the leaves at whatever stage I want. Every peach pit can be used to flavor ice cream or liqueur, every orange peel can be candied, and every radish leaf can be the soup du jour. Hi, Mary, Thanks so very much! I love the radish leaf soup recipe, so am guessing this will be lovely as well. Reply, What a beautiful little jar! Radish Greens Pesto is great with almost anything! Reply, My dad used to buy cases of tuna fish when it was on sale for .29/can. I also think the radish leaf pesto sounds interesting! Delicious! Then he had it slathered on the corn from our local farmers market and stopped smirking. 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