Lemon Roasted Radishes with Fresh Dill
These easy Lemon Roasted Radishes with Dill are irresistibly delicious. Using peak season radishes, fresh lemon & dill, make this spring side dish in just 15 minutes.
What Radishes Taste Like
Raw radishes, have a peppery taste, that makes them almost spicy. When roasted, this pepper flavour gets mellowed out, transforming the radishes from hard and bitter, to tender and delicious.
If you have read that radishes are like potatoes, they aren't. Well, at least not in flavour (in my opinion). What they do have in common, is the ways they can be prepared -roasted, stewed, mashed.
How to Choose the Best Radishes
When choosing radishes look for small to medium-sized ones, that are both plump and have firm roots. The leaves should also be unwilted and green.
If you plan to keep the leaves on the radishes, as the recipe calls for, use the radishes right away. Otherwise, the leaves will start to absorb the moisture from the root, which will result in a less-crisp veggie.
Tip: If your radishes do become a little sad looking, crip them up by placing them in an ice bath for up to an hour.
...But Are They Good for You?
Radishes often get overlooked, but, yes, they are super good for you. Not only do they help to keep you hydrated, but they are also packed with nutrients, such as:
Minerals: Iron magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Vitamins: B-vitamins (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate, and vitamin B6), vitamin A, and vitamin K.
Unlike other root veggies (potatoes), that are usually high in starch, radishes are low-carb. To put this into perspective, 10 medium-sized radishes have only 1 gram of carbohydrate.
How to Make Lemon Roasted Radishes
STEP 1: Spice the Radishes
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
Slice the radishes in half, then add them to a medium-sized casserole dish.
Next, cut the lemon in half (you only need the one half). Cut two slices off the half of the lemon, then cut those slices into quarters. Add them to the casserole dish, then squeeze the lemon juice, from the end piece of the lemon, over the top of the radishes (about 1 tsp of lemon juice).
Stir in the roughly minced garlic, vegan butter, olive oil, dried thyme, and salt.
Cook for 10-15 minutes at 400° F.
Note: Make sure to rise the radishes to remove any dirt, especially if you are leaving the leaves on.
STEP 2: Top with Fresh Dill
When the lemon roasted radishes are done, sprinkle the fresh dill over the top and enjoy.
What to Serve with the Lemon Roasted Radishes:
- Add to salad or grain bowls for extra texture
- Use as a taco topping
- Have over rice or lentils for added flavour
- Or have as a side to a sandwich, a creamy pasta, or anything off the BBQ
You can also have them alongside these recipes: