Thursday, June 26, 2008

Recipe for Spicy Stir-Fried Radish Greens and/or Swiss Chard

Stir-Fried Radish Greens and ChardI was intrigued by the idea of stir-frying radish greens, but if you're not that adventurous, think of this as a recipe for spicy stir-fried Asian-flavored swiss chard. I actually used a combination of radish greens and chard when I made it, and both were fresh greens from my garden. Even if you have a garden with lots of radishes, you may want to combine them like that, because radish greens do have a slightly bitter taste. Think about whether you enjoy bitter flavors like arugula and Kalamata olives to help you decide whether to make this with radish greens or swiss chard, but I really enjoyed the radish greens.

It was last summer that I suddenly discovered the idea of cooked radishes. I'm sure one of those radish cooking experiments primed me for the idea of cooking radish greens, so recently when Sam reported she had sauteed radish greens and then Sher added radish greens to meatballs, I knew I had to try it. There are many types of radishes, and Wikipedia reports that radishes are grown throughout the world. I couldn't find any nutrition information on radish greens, but swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, and mustard greens are listed as some of The World's Healthiest Foods, so I'm guessing radish greens are also very nutritious. This dish of spicy radish greens is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, which I'm hosting myself this week after it's been out traveling the world. If you'd like to participate, read the Rules for Weekend Herb Blogging, then send your entry to kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net by 3:00 on Sunday, Utah time. I'm having a busy weekend, so the recap will be posted sometime on Monday.

These are the lovely French Breakfast radishes from my garden that I pulled and suddenly had a flash of inspiration about cooking the greens. When I made the recipe the second time, I realized if you have a garden, you can cut off radish greens as they grow, keeping the radishes in the ground until you want to use them.

I also snipped off some of my larger chard leaves, which were still pretty small. I used about half and half radish and chard leaves, but you could use combine them any way you liked, or use all chard if you don't have radish leaves.

I picked the radish greens and chard during the heat of the day, so I actually soaked them in ice cold water for about 30 minutes before I chopped them up to cook them. (Hooray for the salad spinner for this type of washing of greens.)

Working in several bunches, slice the greens about 1/2 inch thick. I wasn't too compulsive about it, and I discovered big chard leaves are definitely easier to slice into nice ribbons.

This is my attempt of a photo of chard wilting in the hot wok, and since this dish only cooks for about 90 seconds, I think you're going to have to let me get away with this photo.

Spicy Stir-Fried Radish Greens and/or Swiss Chard
(Makes 2 servings, can easily be doubled. Recipe created by Kalyn with some chard-cooking inspiration from Vegetables Every Day.)

Ingredients:
8-10 ounces radish greens and/or swiss chard, washed and cut into 1/2 inch slices
2-3 tsp. peanut oil
2 large garlic cloves (for seasoning the oil)

Sauce Ingredients:
1 T soy sauce (I like Kikkomans)
1 tsp. rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tsp. Agave nectar
1/4 tsp. (or less) Sriracha sauce or other hot sauce

Instructions:
Wash and dry radish greens and/or swiss chard. (I used a salad spinner.) If desired, soak greens for about 30 minutes in very cold water. (This makes sure they're crisp for the quick stir-frying.) Working in batches, cut greens crosswise into 1/2 inch slices.

Mix together sauce ingredients and set aside. Preheat the wok or large, heavy frying pan until it feels very hot when you hold your hand there, then add the oil. When oil looks shimmery, add the garlic cloves and cook about 30 seconds, making sure garlic doesn't start to brown. Remove garlic and discard.

Add chopped radish greens and/or swiss chard all at once and immediately begin to stir-fry, turning greens over and over just until they are almost all wilted. (For me this was only one minute, but I have a great gas stove with a burner with really high heat.) When greens are almost all wilted, add sauce ingredients, stir, and cook 30 seconds more. Serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, and would be suitable any type of low-glycemic eating plan. For phase one, this would be delicious with something like Grilled Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce. For phase two or three, you could add something like Brown Rice with Cashews and Herbs.

More Cooked Radishes or Radish Greens:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds
Sauteed Radishes with Vinegar and Herbs

Meatballs with Ginger Root and Radish Greens from What Did You Eat
Potato Salad with Wild Radish Greens from Veggie Way
MuloShaak or Radish Greens from Bong Mom's Cookbook
Radish Leaf and Potato Soup from Seasonal Ontario Food
Radish Pachadi from Salt and Pepper
How a Restaurant Cooks Radish Greens on the Radish from Margin Notes
Radish Penne from Cooking with Amy
Green Rice from In Mol AraanWant even more recipes?
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23 comments:

  1. Gosh I wish I could put my herbs in with your garden goodies. This is just one of many times this summer I'm going to be green as the radish greens wishing I had a garden like yours!
    This is beautiful!

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  2. Sounds very intriguing! Though I've never eaten radish greens before, I'd be willing to give them a try this way. And I love the idea of cooked radishes!

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  3. I love any stir fried or sautéed greens! Thanks for the lunch idea!!!

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  4. I have thrown so many radish greens on the compost heap and kept thinking I should cook them but didn't.

    Next ones I think I'll try it.

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  5. I'm not a huge fan of bitter greens, so I'd probably go with the chard. But I'm so impressed with your radishes -- they are beautiful!

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  6. Here is a site that discusses the nutritional value in radish greens!!!Great to aid with liver issues also!!

    http://www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefitsofradishes.html

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  7. Tanna, I hope you will be getting to see the garden? How are the plans shaping up?

    I'm so happy people don't think I'm totally weird eating radish greens. However, they are definitely a bit bitter so folks like Lydia should just go for chard.

    Jenifer, very cool, thanks for finding that.

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  8. Greens are one of those dishes that I grew up eating because of my mom and grandmother cooking them but seem to forget about as an adult. They're sooo good and so good for you! Nice recipe.

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  9. I love radish greens in frittata (beet greens too). I have never had them stir-fried: thanks for the suggestion.

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  10. I enjoy bitter greens! Gosh, I haven't had them in so long; now I want some! I'm so impressed that you are already celebrating the bounty from your garden. Mine is still in it's infancy, but now that the sun has decided to shine, I hope to harvest more than herbs!

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  11. swiss chard isn't the most popular green in crete, but we do use it in the spring to roll up leaf parcels stuffed with rice. it tastes delicious.

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  12. Looks yummy, a nice simple summer side. I haven't tried radish greens yet.

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  13. we had our fill of radish last year! Check out our radish rants (part 1 and 2 :D ). We always use the greens - tender ones are great. chinese style like you have done here would have turned out wonderful.

    -jai

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  14. while i'm no radish fan, i adore the greens. that is a gorgeous picture - green and vibrant.

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  15. Your radishes are beautiful! This recipe sounds really good, I always feel guilty when I throw away the radish greens, so I'll have to give this a try!

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  16. I've actually never had radish greens and am always looking for ways to try new foods and venture out. I will have to hunt them down at the market!

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  17. Delicious. Radish greens are a seasonal delicacy in India. They are boiled, and then cooked with mashed potatoes, cumin, coriander, red chilli powder and salt. Thanks for bringing back the memory!

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  18. It never occurred to me that radish greens would be eaten! And how foolish of me. Up until now, we've been composting our radish greens.

    Not any more...

    Thank you for the enlightenment!

    -Elizabeth

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  19. I made this with turnip greens - wonderful! Thank you for the recipe.

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  20. I wish I had seen this before throwing ouot the radish greens I had. Didn't know what to do with it :(

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  21. not necessarily bitter
    i just got some radishes with greens attached from my farmer's market and a light bulb went off (duh - how could it take me so long!) which is how i found this page. but i tasted my greens and they are not bitter at all. i would imagine it varies wildly based on the type of radish as well as how fresh they are.
    rule of thumb, taste before you decide!

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  22. Great recipe excellent use for radish greens.

    Changes i made:
    Used baby radishes from my garden, very tender.

    Added chopped ginger about a minute before adding radish greens.

    Radish greens wilt quickly! 30 seconds is plenty.

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  23. So glad you enjoyed; baby radishes would be great for this!

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