Monday, June 11, 2007

Radish and Cucumber Salad Recipe with Peppers and Thai Basil

Radish and Cucumber Salad Recipe with Peppers and Thai Basil from KalynsKitchen.com
A refreshing summer salad with radishes, cucumbers, peppers, and Thai basil.

If you were paying attention yesterday you might have predicted something with radishes was coming today after I visited the Salt Lake City Farmers Market and came home with three kinds of radishes.  No farmers market where you are? Use radishes from your favorite store.

Do you have any idea how many kinds of radishes there are? I was quite amazed at all the varieties, and apparently these are Purple Plum radishes or Plum Purple Radishes, depending on who you ask. Whatever you call them, they're delicious, large, and mild radishes with great crispness and a pleasant flavor. I'd definitely buy them again. They were perfect for this salad, which was slightly adapted from a recipe made by the bubbly Rachel Ray on the Food Network. This is a salad for people who love the sharp, licoricey flavor of Thai basil, so if you're not excited about that flavor you might want to substitute cilantro or mint for the basil.

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil
(Makes 4 servings, adapted slightly from this recipe on the Food Network.)

Ingredients:
3-4 large Purple Plum radishes or 8-10 regular red radishes (original recipe called for white radishes)
3 small cucumbers
1 red bell pepper (or use half red, half yellow like I did)
20-40 Thai basil leaves (or use regular fresh basil)

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2-3 T Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener, Splenda, or sugar
2 T peanut oil or other mild flavored oil
1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper or 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or use your favorite hot sauce, use more or less to taste.)
sea salt, to taste

Instructions:
Wash radishes, cut in fourths lengthwise, then slice into thick slices. Wash cucumbers, cut off ends, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into thick slices. (You may need to peel them if you use cucumbers from the store.) Cut ends off red pepper, remove seeds, then cut into short strips.

In large mixing bowl with a lid, combine rice vinegar, sweetener or sugar, and oil and whisk together. (I find that some brands of rice vinegar are much more tart than others, so I'd start with less sweetener or sugar and add more until it tastes sweet enough to you.) Add desired amount of Aleppo pepper, Cayenne, or hot sauce to dressing and mix well. (Again, add and taste until it tastes as hot as you want it.)

Add cut radishes, cucumbers, and peppers to dressing and mix well. Refrigerate for an hour or two. Just before serving, wash basil leaves and chop coarsely or tear. Add basil to salad, mix to combine, season with sea salt if desired, and serve immediately.

(Edit, next day - This did not keep particularly well in the refrigerator, so you may want to cut the recipe in half.)

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South Beach Suggestions:
Made with Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener or Splenda, this is a perfect salad for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For phase two or three, you could substitute some the sweetener for sugar, since it's a small amount of sugar (you aren't eating most of the dressing) and I think the combination of sweetener with a bit of sugar gives a better flavor. This would taste great with Thai Barbecue Chicken with Cilantro or Soy-Grilled Shrimp and Asian Vegetables.

More Salads with Radishes:
(Salads from other blogs may or may not be South Beach friendly, check ingredients)
Crunchy Chopped Salad with Gorgonzola and Radishes from Kalyn's Kitchen
Daikon and Pepper Salad from A Veggie Venture
counter customizable free hit
 Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola from Kalyn's Kitchen
Radish Walnut Salad with Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette from Christine Cooks
Asian Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Radishes and Edamame from Kalyn's Kitchen
Snap Pea, Radish, and Asparagus Salad from Beyond Salmon
Cilantro-Lover's Leftover Chicken Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen

13 comments:

  1. This is so perfect Kalyn! Not only am I back to blogging and checking out others' sites, we're also getting our first crop share of the season tomorrow. It will surely have some radishes in it!

    -Crystal

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  2. I love all the summer radishes. I just can't get into the big black ones the French are so fond of. I suppose I should try - next year.
    Never thought of pairing them with cukes - but I live by my garden and they're not in season together...

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  3. Lovely salad Kalyn. Aren't radishes just great?
    Thanks for the link! :)

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  4. The dressing sounds yummy. I have some of the ingredients in my frig right now. I think I'll make something close to it tonight.

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  5. Yum ! Summer radishes - I LOVE the color.

    I almost do radishes like wine - smell - observe color - then taste!

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  6. Crystal, I think radishes are a requirement in the CSA boxes this time of year.

    Katie, you need Costco so you can get those great baby cucumbers. Ok, I'd give up Costco to live in France, and that's saying something!

    Christine, I LOVE radishes!

    Chigiy, hope you like it.

    My space layouts: I agree, everything about radishes is great.

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  7. I have those baby cucumbers in my fridge just waiting for your recipe links. Thanks:)

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  8. I adore radishes. My mom used to eat them with butter and salt - very French! This salad looks lovely and very refreshing - thanks!

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  9. What wonderful colors in this salad. Your picture is perfect!

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  10. EMWK, don't you just LOVE those baby cucumbers. Try this recipe if you like Thai food. It's one of my favorites for cucumbers.

    Toni, keep hearing about those radishes with butter and salt! Well, actually doesn't just about anything taste good with butter and salt?

    Maria, thanks. I did like this picture. (I know, I'm so critical sometimes of my own photos. But some of them really do stink.)

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  11. Wow! That cucumber salad woke up my mouth and had me singing in Thai! And yes, those baby cucumbers are great! Thank you for that yummy recipe! (Big Hugs)

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  12. EMWK, so glad you liked it. Cucumbers are so great. I especially love the ones from the garden, but they're a long ways off still.

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  13. I must admit...I hate radishes but I open enough to try them anew. This salad might actually to the trick to balance the spicy-ness of a radish. I'll buy some radishes & give this a go!

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