With their subtle sweetness, hint of spice, and wonderful crunch, these watermelon radish recipes are bound to become your new summer go-to’s.
From Buddha bowls and ramen to bright salads and chips, these recipes are full of rich notes and incredible flavor.
These pretty little root veggies are loaded with antioxidants and a whole slew of nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamins A and C.
Whether pickled, roasted, or enjoyed raw, watermelon radish recipes are a terrific way to infuse dinner with massive color and flavor.
How to Use a Watermelon Radish (15+ Recipes and Ideas)
1. Buddha Bowl
If you struggle to conquer the food pyramid, this Buddha bowl should help you cover all the bases.
It pairs crisp greens with colorful veggies like watermelon radish, red cabbage, and carrots.
All that looks pretty irresistible. And it’s even vegan!
Just toss the colorful ingredients with a bright drizzle of vegan tahini, and dig in!
2. Roasted Watermelon Radishes
Watermelon radishes look stunning and have a unique sweet and peppery bite that works as a killer side dish.
Luckily, root vegetable cooks up very similarly to potatoes or carrots. So it’s a breeze to prep.
Fresh ingredients like lemon juice and parsley lift the flavors, making a simple side dish that puts roasted potatoes to shame.
3. Watermelon Radish Toast
Move over, avocado toast; there’s a new sheriff in town!
If you’re tired of the same old breakfast, this watermelon radish recipe is a must-try.
The sweet and spicy flavors pair so well with tangy goat cheese, and it all comes together on a slice of crusty bread. Yum!
4. Watermelon Radish Salad with Orange and Goat Cheese
This watermelon radish salad looks almost too good to eat! Almost….
Eating raw watermelon radishes ensures you get all the spicy notes and crunchy goodness.
That said, a quick pickle treatment in vinegar, orange juice, and honey helps to tame the heat.
Pair thinly sliced pickled watermelon radish with orange slices, goat cheese, pistachios, and green onion.
It’s so flavorful it doesn’t require any salad dressing!
5. Pickled Watermelon Radishes
With a jar of pickled watermelon radishes in the fridge, you’ll always have access to a great side dish or salad topping.
Pickling cuts down on the heat and amps up the natural sweetness.
It’s so easy to put together and lasts up to two months in the fridge.
Add pickled watermelon radishes to a salad, throw them in fish tacos, or pile them high on a juicy burger. You really can’t go wrong!
6. Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad
Cucumber and watermelon radishes look vibrant and stunning, and their flavors pair flawlessly.
Cucumbers are mild and juicy, contrasting the bright root veggie so well.
Together, they’re crunchy and light yet infused with earthy and slightly spicy notes.
This makes for a lovely summer salad with micro green and a touch of lemon vinaigrette.
7. Watermelon Radish with Rosemary Brown Butter
Watermelon radishes take center stage with this super simple yet flavorful side dish.
Adding a nutty brown butter sauce tames the bite of watermelon radishes. Meanwhile, a sprig of fragrant rosemary takes this dish over the top.
It’s effortless and takes just 20 minutes to whip up.
Pair it with your favorite BBQ meats, and you’re in for a treat.
8. Whole Wheat Pizza with Watermelon Radish
While this homemade pizza may look like something from a fancy restaurant, it’s impossibly easy to make at home.
Whole wheat pizza dough offers nutritious and earthy flavors that pair wonderfully with fragrant pesto, peppery watermelon radishes, and plenty of mouth-watering mozzarella cheese.
This recipe is worth checking out if you want to elevate pizza night!
9. Vegetarian Poke Bowl
Poke bowls are one of my favorite dinners because they’re bright, flavorful, and insanely healthy.
Vibrant colors are the hallmarks of any good poke bowl, and this recipe is brimming with all the colors of the rainbow.
Featuring watermelon radishes, avocado, tofu, and grilled asparagus, this veggie bowl is super hearty.
It even incorporates a watermelon poke that looks just like cubed tuna!
10. Watermelon Radish with Herbed Tahini Sauce
Roasted watermelon radishes burst with fresh flavors. But the homemade herbed tahini sauce takes this dish over the top.
Once your radishes are roasted to perfection, pair them with a light herbal sauce of lemon, mint, dill, parsley, and tahini.
It’s a perfect low-carb side dish that doesn’t shy away from bright flavors.
11. Watermelon Radish Salad with Asian Vinaigrette
Give iceberg lettuce the night off, and try this ridiculously scrumptious salad instead.
The bright colors are sure to impress and deliver pleasant summery flavors that come together in a snap.
The subtle taste of cucumbers keeps things cool, while the sweet, peppery notes of red onion and watermelon radishes keep you on your toes.
12. Radish Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Although this salad recipe includes fresh winter produce, it looks like summertime on a plate.
There’s plenty of earthy notes from the spinach and watermelon radishes. That’s balanced by sweet oranges in an acidic Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
It’s bright, earthy, spicy, and sweet in one robust dish.
13. Watermelon Radish Appetizer Bites
Watermelon radishes look fantastic. And this watermelon radish appetizer is super bright and full of great crunch!
Better yet, it’s effortless to make.
Just mix tuna salad ingredients and layer them on top of thinly sliced watermelon radishes.
It’s creamy, crunchy, and looks almost too good to eat.
14. Watermelon Radish and Arugula Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
This lovely salad is just what you need to celebrate the transition from winter to spring.
So while it’s full of winter veggies, it earns a bright and elevated lift from colorful springtime flavors.
It pairs peppery arugula with watermelon radish and elevates the earthy notes with a luxurious blood orange vinaigrette.
Add a potion of sliced avocado and a sprinkle of feta or goat cheese for added creaminess.
15. Pork Belly Ramen
There’s nothing more satisfying than a bowl of ramen. It’s bright and colorful like a poke bowl but rich, hearty, and bone-warming.
Pork belly provides a ton of salty and meaty flavors to this dish, which pairs so well with slightly spicy watermelon radish and fresh greens.
The best part of ramen? The soft-boiled egg adds just a touch of creaminess.
Yum is an understatement!
16. Three-Ingredient Quick Pickled Watermelon Radish
Thinly sliced and pickled watermelon radish is a new and inventive take on cole slaw.
It’s tart, insanely crunchy, and offers just a touch of sweet and spicy notes with only three ingredients!
You’ll need sliced watermelon radish, vinegar, and sugar (or maple syrup). Give it ten minutes, and it’s ready to be devoured.
17. Air Fryer Watermelon Radish Chips
Kale chips have had their time in the spotlight. So it’s time to try a new crunchy and salty snack!
These chips are so bright and colorful, and all it takes is a quick spin in the Air Fryer.
Since watermelon radishes naturally pack massive flavors, a simple dusting of salt and pepper is all you need for a crunchy low-carb snack.
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