These crunchy Dandy Radish MiniSticks happen to be one of the cutest product reviews I’ve ever done. I am always thrilled to have a real food to taste test. My dad always grew radishes in his garden when I was little and would dip them into a spoonful of salt. I say let’s widen the radish repertoire!
The radishes are cut into matchsticks, sold in little ready-to-eat packages and are ready to toss into recipes, salads, and more. Radishes have barely any calories per serving (about 20 per cup) but are full of other nutritious things like Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium. (From Nutrition Data). I love the punch of color they add to dishes.
I have to say, radishes haven’t always been on my favorite vegetables list. But that is mostly because, while beautiful, the red spheres that come out of the ground are not the easiest to use in the kitchen. Why had I not thought to slice them into sticks before? In a different shape you have an extremely versatile veggie that adds color, nutrition and crunch. You could do this yourself, but the availability of these pre-cut radish sticks will save you lots of time and energy.
Here are five ways I’ve enjoyed the Dandy Radish Ministicks over the past couple of weeks:
1) Of course salads were the easiest and most frequent way I enjoyed them, and I incorporated them all week into my lunches. Love the purple color they brought to a green salad and the extra crunch.
2) Sautéed atop a burger. When I heated up my No Bull Burger I threw in some radish alongside in the pan.
I enjoyed them cooked even more!
3) Incorporated into a massaged kale salad
We made this massaged kale salad to take to our friends’ cookout. It turned a boring green pile into a colorful, crunchy, gourmet side dish.
4) As a sandwich topper. Cruuuuunch!
I layered avocado, sheep’s milk cheese, radish, salt and pepper onto a slice of whole wheat bread. Loved this combo!
5) Sautéed into side dishes of spinach and zucchini. Cooked in olive oil and garlic with salt and pepper, radishes amped up basic sautéed spinach served alongside salmon and potatoes and fresh zucchini another night.
I also turned them into baby food once they were cooked soft enough for Mazen to eat.
And made a radish slaw to take to a friend’s for lunch one day! Just a little Greek yogurt, mustard, salt, pepper and paprika turned them into a creamy, crunchy lunch.
Other ideas are to toss them into soups, roll them up into wraps and spring rolls and simmer into sauces. Ever had a radish pizza!?
Those of you who live in Virginia are most in luck – the Dandy Radish MiniSticks are starting out available in Wal-Mart stores in the Gordonsville, VA area. Hopefully you’ll find some near you soon.
This post is sponsored by Dandy Radish MiniSticks!