December 8, 2022

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Roasted Radish Salad – Downshiftology

This roasted radish salad turns bundles of beautiful red radishes into an absolutely stunning spring salad. Once roasted, the radishes become slightly sweet, with a soft, tender bite. Toss them with roasted pearl onions, toasted pine nuts, feta, parsley, and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette for a palate-pleasing and eye-pleasing salad!

Roasted radish salad in a large white bowl

I’ve honestly never experimented much with radishes. I typically enjoy them raw, like in this cucumber radish salad or by adding fresh thin slices to tacos. But since I had leftover radishes from making my salmon salad, I thought, why not try roasting them like I do with all other veggies?

Lo and behold – they turned out so juicy and sweet! It’s a side (or in this case a salad) of radishes I’ve never experienced before, and one I’ll come back to again and again with how delicious it turned out. So next time you’re at the farmer’s market and you see stacks of fresh radishes, grab a few bunches – because this is how you make them shine!

Ingredients for roasted radish salad on a table

Ingredients You’ll Need

Can we just take a moment to admire how truly beautiful this radish salad is? A vibrant red base is topped with pops of white from the pearl onions and feta, earthy specks of beige from the pine nuts, and dots of green from the freshly chopped parsley. So simple yet so good looking – that’s the beauty of salad layering! Here’s everything you’ll need, plus a few notes on each.

  • Radishes: When shopping for radishes, make sure they’re firm when you give each bulb a light squeeze. Also, try to grab bunches with the radishes about the same size so that they cook evenly.
  • Pearl Onions: You can buy fresh or frozen ones. I used fresh in this recipe, and walk you through blanching and peeling them before roasting. But for a time savings, you can use frozen pearl onions as well!
  • Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper: The basic seasoning mix to roast the radishes and pearl onions.
  • Feta Cheese: I’m always a fan of using a fresh block of feta cheese and crumbling it on my own. But, you can always buy the pre-crumbled versions.
  • Pine Nuts: Lightly toasted pine nuts always adds such a delicious flavor and crunch to a salad.
  • Parsley: I’m using flat leaf parsley for this salad, but curly parsley works as well.
  • Dijon Vinaigrette: My homemade Dijon vinaigrette is so easy to whip up and stores well. So feel free to make this a day in advance if you’d like.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How to Make This Roasted Radish Salad

Roasting vegetables really transforms them into something spectacular. And it’s as easy as tossing them in oil, salt, and pepper (with additional spices for more flavor), then letting the oven do its thing. But before we get to the radishes, the fresh pearl onions need a little prep work. Let’s get started.