After picking up our very first CSA basket of produce this past weekend, I was excited to plan out some delicious meals with unique takes on our giant haul of leafy greens (and radishes!).
I did some research and discovered that radish greens are edible, but that they only keep for a day or two in the fridge. So the radish greens were up first!
Most people buy radishes and discard the tops, but after my experimentation with them this week, I’d have to say that doing so is a mistake. They have a slightly bitter taste, but are delicious and a versatile green that you don’t get to eat often.
Being the lover of pesto that I am, I decided to make a radish green pesto. And I’m so glad I did! It is delicious, and a great way to use up those radish greens quickly before they wilt.
If you love pesto like I do, I highly recommend saving your radish greens and making a pesto out of them to use on anything from quinoa to pasta to a sandwich spread! I decided to combine my love of pesto with my love of quinoa! I simply sautéed the few remaining radish greens left over from my pesto, and made this into simple and healthy meal.
Quinoa with Radish Green Pesto
For the Pesto:
- 2 large handfuls of radish greens, including stems
- 1/4 cup Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
- 1/8 cup almonds or pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- Lemon zest of one lemon and juice from 1/2 lemon
- 2 TB olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Quinoa:
- Handful radish greens (I also added a handful of spinach to mine for more greens!)
- Cup of uncooked quinoa
- Water or vegetable stock
- Clove garlic
- TB butter
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 3 TB Parmesan
- 1/4 cup Radish Green Pesto
Combine all Pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until blended.
Cook quinoa according to package instructions, either in water or vegetable stock. I use my rice cooker for this purpose, and it works great. While the quinoa is cooking, sauté remaining radish greens (and spinach, if desired) in TB butter with a clove of garlic. Turn off heat on radish greens and add cooked quinoa, lemon juice, parmesan, and Radish Pesto. Stir to combine and enjoy!
Have you ever eaten radish greens before? What’s your favorite way to eat them?