The radish was my gateway vegetable. Broccoli, spinach, green beans were just a racket, standing between me and dessert. Radishes were the first vegetable I ate of my own freewill.
It’s a darn shame that the radish doesn’t get more play. I see them passed over at the salad bar, pushed around on veggie platters and plates until they get scraped into the trash and it just breaks my heart.
The good people of ancient Greece understood it—valuing these precious red globes so much that they fashioned gold statues in their image. Interesting fact.
Beyond being easy on the eyes, there are all sorts of other reasons to add some radishes to your weekly routine. They are chock full of Vitamin C and K, perk-me-up Vitamin B, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Studies have shown that certain compounds found in the bulb and root can affect genetic pathways in cancer cells, and help induce cell death. A clear winner in my book.
I found myself craving radishes last week, in search of a new lunchbox worthy recipe, and ba-da-bing ba-da-boom, out comes Lemony Avocado + Black Quinoa Salad. I love the different textures—from creamy avocado and chewy quinoa, to the crisp radish. Lunch has just got a lot more interesting in my corner of the office.
- 1 cup black quinoa
- 2 lemons, juiced
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 3 radishes, julienned
- ½ small red onion, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon high quality virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup ricotta
- 2 avocados, sliced
- Cook quinoa as directed on packaging, remembering to rinse quinoa thoroughly first to remove the bitter saponin coating.
- In a medium serving bowl, toss together all ingredients, except the ricotta and avocado. Set the salad aside for 30 minutes, letting the flavors mingle.
- Gently toss in avocado slices and ricotta. Serve immediately.
food for thought
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.