I’m growing radishes this year because my mom asked me to grow them for her. I didn’t think I liked them. But after eating a couple of these raw today with just a little bit of salt on them, I think I’m a convert. I’ll be replanting when the full patch of radishes has been picked and will continue to replant until the growing season is over.

I know radishes are good raw, and I know they are good sliced up in salads, but I wanted to see what else could be done with them. Turns out, radishes are very versatile. So are radish leaves. Who knew you could eat the green leaves from radishes? I didn’t.

Baked Radish Chips – Almost any veggie can be turned into a chip, but I’ve never seen a recipe for radish chips before. The recipe calls for steaming the chips in the microwave, but that usually calls for a plastic bag. To keep your garden fresh radishes away from heated plastic, you could use a steamer pan on the stovetop.

Radish Top Soup – A creamy soup that adds potatoes and onions to the tops and bottoms of radishes. It makes one very green soup, and the reviewers on allrecipes.com think it’s delicious.

Romano Risotto with Radishes – Radishes and chives are brought together with olive oil and white wine vinegar to create a topping for a creamy risotto that’s made with Pecorino Romano.

Radish Dip – So easy to make its on a recipe website for kids. Radishes are pureed with cream cheese, garlic and apple juice to make a dip for other veggies, crackers or chips.

Sauteed Radishes with Sugar Snaps with Dill – A garden fresh summer side dish that has me wishing my peas were ready so I could make this tomorrow night. Radishes, snap peas, and shallots are sautéed with dill, butter and orange juice. Sounds like its waiting to accompany grilled salmon, doesn’t it? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipes: 5 for radishes
Five surprising recipes for radishes and even their green tops.