Radishes are roots that have a vibrant, ruby-red color and a bitter taste. Some people enjoy tossing sliced radishes into salads, pickling them or cooking with them. If you are going to eat your radishes raw, consider pairing them with a dip that will cut the peppery taste and complement the crunchy texture.
Hummus is a creamy dip commonly served in Middle Eastern cuisine. The dip is made out of chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and other natural additives, such as cilantro, tahini, olive oil, olives and jalapenos. Hummus is a popular vegetable dip for carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and zucchini, so use it for your radish dip, too. The hummus dip will give your radish a lemony, zesty flavor, while taming the bitterness of the root.
Wasabi mayonnaise is a spicy dip that involves combining wasabi paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and perhaps some soy sauce for additional salt. This thick and creamy dip is ideal if you want to give your radish a hot kick. You can dip a sliced raw radish pieces directly into the wasabi mayonnaise or cook the radishes first and top them with the dip.
Ranch dressing is a classic dressing used for dipping radishes. The coolness of ranch dressing complements the bitter taste of the radish, making the flavor less intense. You might also be able to look for a smoke-flavored ranch dressing, or make it yourself by adding smoked paprika and chili powder to the dip.
Goat Cheese Dip
Goat cheese has a creamy texture that, when whipped with olive oil and lemon juice, becomes creamy enough to be a dip. Making a goat cheese dip out of herbed goat cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and other spices is a chic way to pair your sliced raw radishes. You can build a stackable appetizer, by providing small, toasted baguette slices for guests to smear the dip onto and top with the sliced radishes.
References and ResourcesPCC Natural Markets: Fresh Fava Bean Hummus With Crisp, Local Radish Salad
"Food & Wine"; Herbed Goat Cheese Spread With Radishes and Toasts