Radish Leaf / Radish Top Pesto

15 mins (prep 10, cooking 5)
9 ingredients
6-8 servings
Had farmer's market radishes and wondered if something could be made from their good-looking (edible but bitter) leaves. This was the result. Its NOT going to be mistaken for basil pesto, but its still delicious in its own way and can be used for the same applications. By using the radish leaves you're turning one veggie into two--very budget friendly! I made this with the good leaves from two bunches, maybe 2 or so unpacked cups of leaves. Just separate the radish leaves from the radishes, keeping the leaves that are bright and crisp and discarding any that are discolored or wilted. You'll probably have the best to choose from with your own homegrown radishes or from the farmer's market (probably not going to be as fresh at the grocery store). Wash them well and pat dry, then you're ready to pulverize...Note: I found the pesto to be okay when I first made it, but really a bit bitter. The tsp of sugar really goes a long way! It will still be slightly bitter, but in an enjoyable, kind of peppery/tart way more like arugula. Give it a try and don't be afraid to adjust sugar/salt/pepper to find the balance you prefer.

Categories:  <-15-mins , condiments,-etc. , greens , beginner-cook , seasonal , 3-steps-or-less , quick , appetizer , time-to-make , easy , spreads , inexpensive , summer , vegetable ,
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Serving Size (102.87 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 122.49 Calories from Fat 78.93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.77g 80.92%
Saturated Fat 1.18g 35.41%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 1.48mg 2.96%
Sodium 116.23mg 29.06%
Total Carbohydrate 7.78g 15.55%
Dietary Fiber 1.48 g 35.52%
Sugars 2.71 g %
Protein 4.25g 51.0%
Vitamin A 18.5IU% Vitamin C 13.93mg%
Calcium 81.83mg% Iron 0.96mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4