I do my best to use up all produce that I have on hand before it spoils and goes to waste. I had a good sized hand full of radishes the other day and recalled a delicious dip that my friend Eileen had brought over for a girls night gathering a couple of months back. Although radishes usually have a peppery, pungent flavor, surprisingly if you didn’t know the dip was made up of mostly this crunchy little veggie, you may not even know because it’s so mild! Radishes are a root from the Brassica family and a cousin to cabbage. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors but the average US grown type are red and round, with a glistening white interior and roughly the size of a ping pong or golf ball. I have always loved them and they remind me of my dad! He used to really enjoy their satisfying crunch with a little bit of salt sprinkled on every raw bite!
Who knew that they are actually healthy for you too? They contain significant amounts of vitamin C and several other vitamins and minerals, and a few not-so-familiar phytochemicals such as indoles, which detoxify, and the powerful antioxidant flavonoids zeaxanthin, lutein, and beta carotene. Radishes also contain an important isothiocyanate antioxidant compound called sulforaphane, a proven cancer fighter. They remove bilirubin from the liver, preventing jaundice, and perform other healthful tasks like purifying kidney and urinary systems, regulating blood pressure, relieving congestion, and preventing respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis.
Another interesting fact I read is that their pungent flavor and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. They can help clear the sinuses and soothe soar throats too.
1 Cup (or so) Radishes, minced
8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice, I always include rind for maximum flavor
Eileen’s instructions are simple and came via text! “Chopped up radishes, block of cream cheese (or lighter), dill, dash of lemon juice, dash of salt”
She’s doing what I do! Combining ingredients that I have on hand and it works!! This was about 2/3 package of cream cheese. I used about a heaping table spoon of dried dill (only because I don’t have any fresh this time of year), about a teaspoon of lemon zest and a quick squeeze of juice. Stir until smooth.
Combine with the minced radishes and serve chilled. It is wonderful on crackers, or as a dip for carrots, celery or cucumber slices!