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Monday, May 17, 2021

How to make Radish Top Pesto, bold and delicious!

Radishes are hitting the markets now! After you have enjoyed the radishes, don't throw away the tops, make Radish Top Pesto, and enjoy summer for many months to come!


We took a stroll down the aisles of our local Farmer's Market on Saturday, All of the local gardens here in the valley had lovely displays of greens of all kinds and lots of radishes. When I come across radishes that are a bit oversized for fresh eating, we enjoy oven-roasted radishes as a side dish.

 

The last time I grew a crop of radish, they went into overdrive one hot day. But only on the top end, with very little radish growth at all. When I pulled them thinking that there would be some lovely radishes to enjoy, there really wasn't! The radishes themselves were small, pithy, a bit woody, and could not be improved on in any way! But there was no reason to waste the tops, and on that day Radish Top Pesto was concocted in my kitchen! 


I am a true pesto fan. I will make pesto with many different herbs and green vegetables, like this Carrot Top Pesto

Pesto, especially Radish Top Pesto makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches and burgers. Is your family tired of eating the usual vegetables prepared in the same way? Toss them with a bit of pesto before serving for a delicious change of pace. Up your baked potato game, top it with some pesto and some sour cream for a fresh bright flavor. 

Radish Top Pesto is has a bright flavor with just the slightest bit of spicy bite, just like a radish. With only four ingredients this pesto is quick to buzz up and tuck into the freezer for future enjoyment. Long after summer in the cool of fall and winter, opening a jar of Radish Top Pesto makes any day a brighter day! 


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • radish tops
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • parmesan cheese
You will also need the following:
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • silicone spatula
  • food processor
  • small storage jars or containers with tight-fitting lids
Now we are ready to begin!




Radish Top Pesto
by the seat of my pants!

Radish tops, from 2 bunches, cleaned with all tough stems removed
1 t garlic salt
1/3 - 1/2 c Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/4 - 1/3 c olive oil

Fill your processor bowl with the greens, packing down lightly.

Add the garlic salt and parmesan cheese.



Slowly add oil while using an on and off pulse method to mix and chop the ingredients. Continue to pulse, until proper consistency is achieved.



Spoon into a freezer container or storage jars, label, and freeze.



Storage options for Radish Top Pesto. Store Radish Top Pesto in the freezer for up to 6 months. Once thawed, Radish Top Pesto may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The color of Radish Top Pesto may darken when stored in the refrigerator but will be fine to eat and enjoy. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Radish Top Pesto has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Radish Top Pesto
by the seat of my pants!

Radish tops, from 2 bunches, cleaned with all tough stems removed
1 t garlic salt
1/3 - 1/2 c Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/4 - 1/3 c olive oil

Fill your processor bowl with the greens, packing down lightly.

Add the garlic salt and parmesan cheese.
Slowly add oil while using an on and off pulse method to mix and chop the ingredients. Continue to pulse, until proper consistency is achieved.
Spoon into a freezer container or storage jars, label, and freeze.
Storage options for Radish Top Pesto. Store Radish Top Pesto in the freezer for up to 6 months. Once thawed, Radish Top Pesto may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The color of Radish Top Pesto may darken when stored in the refrigerator but will be fine to eat and enjoy. 

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  1. Woo hoo! You're one clever lady! I didn't know radish tops were edible. So this recipe sounds great, love pesto and radishes too so it's a winner! Thanks!

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    1. Pam I hope you enjoy it, we sure do! I have also roasted the large radish leaves just like kale, they are delicious prepared this way. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week ahead.

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  2. I've never used the radish tops. sounds practical and delicious.

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    1. I love it, and a great use for the tops! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. What a great idea! I never know what to do with radish tops.

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    1. I really enjoyed it, I can't wait for our CSA to start up and make another batch. We are getting our garden beds built, so no garden this year...

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  4. My radishes did the same thing! I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a great week.

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    1. I think you will like it, it is bright and flavorful! Thanks for hosting What's For Dinner!

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  5. Never heard of this. I love radishes but not so sure about pesto but hey, I gotta try it :) Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 27. Pinned!

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    1. I make pesto out of so many things, this is just one. It is delicious! Thanks for hosting Unlimited Link Party 27, I appreciate it!

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