Daikon radishes are my favorite CSA/Farmer’s Market find from last summer. I was so sure I wouldn’t be able to find any at the grocery store when I started craving them this winter, but yet there they were, both at Whole Foods and Meijer. They’re so refreshing in the dead of winter–a break from the hot, dense dishes I find myself making.
Daikon radishes are long, white radishes. They look a lot like carrots or parsnips. There’s a very thin skin on the outside of them that I quickly and not too carefully peel off. They’re really crisp and mild without much of a spicy bite to them, yet they definitely belong in the radish category.
The three best ways I’ve found to use them:
1. In a Simple Salad of shaved daikon radish, shaved cucumber, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and olive oil, along the same trend as the one seen on Top Chef Texas with pickled vegetables.
2. In a fancier salad like this one with watercress, avocado and pomegranate
(Even I’ll admit, this is a truly beautiful post.)
3. In the recipe I’m going to share with you here, one I made up all on my own, a blue cheese and vegetable wrap with daikon radish, cucumber and chicken.
Daikon Radish and Blue Cheese Wrap
I eat large portions, so I say two wraps makes one serving.
2 small flour tortillas
4 MorningStar Farms Chik’n Nuggets, optional
(just as good without any meat product, or with real chicken nuggets,
boneless buffalo wings or grilled chicken strips)
handful of shaved daikon radish
handful of shaved cucumber
4 tablespoons blue cheese dressing
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
4 lettuce leaves
Use a simple peeler to shave the radish and cucumber. Microwave the tortillas for just a few seconds to make them pliable. Place heated chicken nuggets/chicken strips in the middle of each tortilla and divide the cheese, dressing, radish, cucumber and lettuce leaves between the two tortillas. Serve with a side of celery and blue cheese dressing for dipping.
This would make a great menu item for say, Whole World vegetarian restaurant here in Columbus. Often I find myself munching on cheese and crackers for lunch because I’m too lazy to fix anything. This was so super quick and easy, I ate this for lunch 4 days in a row and never got sick of it.
What were a few of my other favorite CSA/Farmer’s Market finds last year? Napa Cabbage and Shishito Peppers were also at the top of the list. Maybe those recipes will make it to the blog this summer. What were your favorites?