watermelon radish and arugula salad

yumivore watermelon radish salad (2)

Pale green or creamy white on the exterior, when sliced open watermelon radishes display an intense magenta rose color inside. The striations found along the outer rim give it a psychedelic tie-dye appeal, perfect for decorating any plate. Though visually striking, these radishes are mild in taste, just a hint peppery with a crisp flesh. This heirloom Chinese Daikon radish variety can be sliced thin with a mandoline to be used in salads, or be braised in a pot or roasted in the oven, prepared and served as you would other root vegetables. Relatively easy to source, the watermelon radish can be found at the market year-round.

This recipe is adapted from Michael Natkin’s herbivoracious cookbook and blog. Using seasonal ingredients, I omitted pomegranate seeds, swapped watercress for arugula and mixed greens, and opted for a creamy sheep’s feta cheese from Israel in place of the Parmigiano-Reggiano noted in the original mix. Easy to prepare, it’s a mild but beautiful salad that will perk up the table.

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watermelon radish and arugula salad
1 large watermelon radish, thinly sliced
4 ounces arugula (with optional mixed greens)
4 ripe figs, halved
1/2 cup toasted walnut halves
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
1 lemon
Extra-virgin olive oil
Flaky sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper

Serves four

Toss the watermelon radish in a bit of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. I recommend using California Olive Ranch Miller’s Blend which is slightly peppery in taste and will enhance the dish. Arrange the radish slices on each individual plate, or use a large tray and serve family-style. Next, toss the arugula with olive oil and the remaining lemon juice, then place a handful of the seasoned greens on top of the radish slices. Add the figs, toasted walnut halves and feta cheese to the plate. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and a bit of fresh ground black pepper, then serve immediately. Grab a fork and enjoy!

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4 Responses to watermelon radish and arugula salad

  1. Deb August 7, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    A vibrant summer salad with so much goodness from our enchanting California summer!
    I can’t seem to get enough fresh figs and this salad is a perfect dinner pairing!

  2. yumivore August 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I could have filled my plate with figs! It is a page out of our enchanting California summer. Thanks for the note Deb!

  3. Beth (OMG! Yummy) August 9, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    I can speak from first hand experience how stunning and delicious this salad is! Thx for sharing the recipe Orly.

  4. yumivore August 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Thanks Beth for the sweet note! Delighted you enjoyed the salad (and hope you get to enjoy it again at home).