Happy Fall, y’all! I’ve probably mentioned this before around this time of the year, but I have some big mixed feelings about this season. I want to love it. Like really, REALLY love it. And almost feel a bit guilty that I struggle with it. So my best strategy for dealing with this bit of late September occasional melancholy is to embrace the shit outta Fall. Basically, doing all the typical trendy Fall stuff, and definitely experimenting with a bunch of Fall flavors. This year, one of my favorite concoctions has been this roasted watermelon radish salad recipe.
Watermelon radishes sound like they should be a Summer thing, right? (That’s probably why I like them so much, because Summer is way obviously way more awesome. Jk.) But actually, this root vegetable gets its moniker from its internally bright pink appearance! In fact, it’s really difficult to even track down these radishes in the Summer (I’ve tried many times, unsuccessfully). They are usually harvested in mid-to-late Fall, as they need to grow cooler soil.
Flavor wise, I think watermelon radishes are fairly mild in comparison to your standard small red radishes. A bit earthy like you’d expect, with hints of pepper. Since I’m trying to get into that ol’ Fall spirit, I decided to roast mine to give the salad some warmth and a sense of heartiness. You can certainly skip that option too, however, as they are delicious raw too.
Nutrition wise- I love the alkalinity of watermelon radishes. My family seems to suffer from acid reflux/heartburn easily, especially with a lot of Fall savory flavors, unfortunately. I like sneaking these and other alkaline veggies into as much as I can to help support the gut.
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This recipe is so simple, easy to make and one that I think most will enjoy. There’s no super wacky ingredients, making it a safe selection for group parties and tailgates. Plus, the roasted radishes taste great both warm and cold so perfect if you need to bring with you to an event.
Also, while this roasted watermelon radish salad recipe DOES contain a small amount of dairy and nuts, you can ditch or substitute them without compromising the overall flavor.
So here’s the recipe:
To embracing whatever season is upon us (yes, even the ones that aren’t our favorite and require coats) and creating a #LifeInColor,
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