Shhhhhh…I am in love with Watermelon radishes. Its flesh is tender-crisp, succulent, and firm. Its flavor is mild, only slightly peppery with almond-sweet notes. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It is an heirloom Chinese Daikon radish, member of the Brassica (mustard) family along with arugula, broccoli and turnips. Watermelon radishes are most commonly available during spring and late fall, since they are a cool season crop.
The original recipe calls for watercress and I have made it that way but this time I had to substitute with Arugula and still loved the results. While at Wholefoods, I had to research substitutes for watercress — sometimes you just have to improvise!
Attention: don’t add the watercress or arugula until the salad is ready to serve as they will wilt.
2 watermelon radishes thinly sliced
4 regular radishes (you can add black or white wines for color)
4 cups Watercress or Arugula
1 medium tart firm apple thinly sliced (Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Braeburn) — unpeeled and seeded —
3 lemons – 1 thinly sliced —
4 spring onions thinly sliced into rings
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Step 1: use a mandolin — if you have one — to slice the radishes and the apple or use a regular knife — feel free to include the core as it is eatable.
Step 2: quarter the apples and the watermelon radishes so they are bite size
Step 3: Slice the lemons as thinly as possible and remove seeds
Step 4: Put everything in a bowl and squeeze the juice of one lemon, add pepper and salt to taste and massage the ingredients. I mean massage not just mix with spoon — don’t feel afraid to show all the ingredients some love :-). Marinade for 10 to 15 minutes.
Once you are ready to serve, add the watercress or arugula, spring onions and mix. Add olive oil, squeeze 1/2 of the left over lemon (or the whole lemon depending on how lemony you like the salad). Taste for flavor and add more salt as needed.
Finally — I tend to like my salads on the lemony side. If you don’t, you may want to be more conservative with the use of lemon. When it comes to cooking, it is easier to err on the side of not enough as it is alway easier to adjust by adding.
Hope you enjoy!
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