Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad

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Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

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This Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad came about following a visit to the Adelaide Central Market.

I was going to make a salad using red radishes – but then I came across some gorgeous watermelon radishes and I knew that I would love to include them.

The watermelon radish is an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon radish. From the outside, it closely resembles a small turnip, but when sliced its glorious, pink interior is revealed. It is larger than the more familiar round, red radish and is milder in flavour.

When produce is as fresh and delicious as this, you don’t need to do much to make a beautiful dish.

Here, you will find this simple salad is easily prepared and is an ideal side dish or a nutritious, light lunch.

The humble cucumber is such a common food item that, unfortunately, we tend to take it for granted. Moreover, radishes are often overlooked as an ingredient for a salad. So, it is with some trepidation that I present this salad which I think wins on all fronts.   

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

My Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad is easy to prepare and is colourful, satisfying and refreshing.

The peppery, crunchy radishes contrast beautifully with the cool, fresh flavour of cucumber, the creaminess of feta cheese and the crispiness of roasted walnuts. Finely sliced fresh pear adds contrasting sweetness whilst all ingredients sit on a bed of vibrant, nutritious rocket/arugula leaves.

You can see the freshness in this beautiful salad which is light and refreshing whilst being full of health-benefiting nutrients. It is a versatile side dish, ideal to serve with meat, fish or poultry. Furthermore, it is ideal to serve as a meat-free lunch that won’t weigh you down.

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

I use these ingredients to make my Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad:

Rocket/Arugula:

Rocket/Arugula is a member of the Brassica family along with cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. The leaves have a strong, peppery flavour and are mostly used raw in salads.

Rocket contains Vitamins A, K and C along with calcium, potassium and folate.

Radish:

Radishes are a root vegetable, also from the Brassica family. They come in different shapes and colours. Here I have used the more common round, red radish together with gorgeous watermelon radish. They are great to add to salads or delicious on their own. Not only do they provide glorious colour, but they are also packed with nutrients.

Radishes are low in calories, are an excellent source of Vitamin C and also contain potassium, folate, Vitamin B6 and manganese along with health-benefiting antioxidants. There are numerous reported health benefits which make radishes a welcome addition to our diet.

When buying radishes, choose those that are heavy for their size. They should be firm and without blemishes.

Feta:

For this salad, I use Danish feta, it is deliciously creamy, providing great textural and flavour contrast to the crisp, peppery radishes and crunchy walnuts.

Cucumber:

While many people think of cucumbers as a vegetable, they are actually a fruit. Cucumbers are very low in calories, being more than 95% water. They contain a generous quantity of Vitamin K along with magnesium, potassium, manganese and Vitamin C. In addition, they are a good source of dietary fibre and health-benefiting antioxidants.

Pear:

I have used the Packham pear here. It is one of my favourites, the other being the Beurre Bosc. My preference is for a just-ripe pear, one which is sweet but still firm and slightly crisp.

Pears contain Vitamins C and K, are a good source of dietary fibre and contain several important antioxidants.

Walnuts:

For this salad, I have used my Salt and Pepper Roasted Walnuts. They provide great textural contrast and flavour.

I use these ingredients for the dressing for the salad:

Extra virgin olive oil:

I prefer extra virgin olive oil for the health benefits and the flavour that it adds. It is the highest quality olive oil available and is at the heart of the much-acclaimed Mediterranean Diet.

White wine vinegar:

White wine vinegar, unsurprisingly, is made from white wine. It is less acidic than white distilled vinegar and is ideal to use in salad dressings.

Honey:

I use honey to slightly sweeten the dressing. Pure maple syrup is an excellent alternative.

Dijon mustard:

Adding Dijon mustard to the dressing serves two purposes. It adds flavour and works as an emulsifier which means that it helps the oil and vinegar to combine.

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper:

I prefer to use sea salt as regular table salt often contains additives and I find that pepper which has been freshly ground has the best flavour.

This is how I make the Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad:

I begin by laying a bed of rocket/arugula leaves on a large, white platter. From there I randomly distribute sliced radishes, cucumber and pear. I then top the salad with crumbled feta and roasted walnuts. Just before serving, I sprinkle on some salt and freshly ground black pepper and drizzle with the dressing.

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Tips for success:

The trick for this salad is to slice the radishes and cucumber very thinly. For ease and even slicing, I use a mandoline. However, whilst it does slice the vegetables quickly and evenly, it is very sharp. For this reason, a great deal of care and attention is required when using. Alternatively, you can use a very sharp knife.

For the freshest presentation, assemble the salad close to serving time as the pear may discolour and the rocket wilt.

Avoid very ripe pears. The pear should be just ripe and still a little firm.

When selecting radishes, they should be heavy for their size. Avoid any that are spongey. To buy watermelon radishes with the most colourful interior, look for pink tap roots.

It is best to assemble the salad shortly before serving and apply the seasoning and dressing just as you are about to serve.

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

More suggestions for these ingredients:

The French understand the pleasure of food. They serve radishes very simply, just with butter and salt flakes. Cut the radishes in half and serve all ingredients on a wooden board. Guests assemble their own radishes. However, with such simple ingredients, they need to be good quality.

Here, you will find a delicious recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts:
Roasted Radishes

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

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When it comes to serving:

For the freshest flavour and colour I recommend assembling the salad close to serving time or the pear will oxidise and discolour and the rocket will wilt. Add the seasoning and dressing just as you are about to serve.

This salad is an ideal accompaniment to meat, poultry or fish dishes. Alternatively, serve it as a light, refreshing lunch.

This lovely Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad looks fantastic, is full of beneficial nutrients and is a combination of creamy and crunchy textures.

Please let me know in the comments below if you make it.  
Alex xx

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.
Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad

There is a range of delicious, contrasting flavours and textures in this lovely salad. Cool cucumbers perfectly complement spicy radishes whilst sliced pear adds sweetness. The roasted walnuts add crunch and creamy feta brings all the ingredients together. This light, refreshing salad is easy to make and is ideal as a side dish or light, nutritious lunch.
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Course: Entree, Salad, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine: International
Keyword: cucumber, delicious, easy, feta, gluten free, healthy, radish, salad, simple, vegan option, vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Alexandra

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 50 g rocket/arugula leaves
  • 4 small round red radishes
  • 2 watermelon radishes
  • 1/3 English cucumber See Note 1
  • 1/2 pear, cored See Note 2
  • 80 g feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts See Note 3

Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Arrange the rocket/arugula leaves on a large white platter.
    White plate with rocket arranged on top.
  • Using a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the radishes, cucumber and pear very thinly. Arrange the sliced fruit and vegetables on the top of the rocket/arugula. Scatter the crumbled feta and roasted walnuts on the top of the salad.
    Slies of cucumber, radish, watermelon radish and pear on a white plate.
  • Now that your salad is arranged on the plate, prepare the dressing in a small bowl or jar.
    Jar of dressing on black board.
  • Season the salad with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and drizzle on the dressing just prior to serving. – See Note 4  
    Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Notes

  1. The English cucumber is also known as a burpless, seedless or European cucumber. I have used this variety as it has fewer seeds than some varieties, the flesh is sweeter and it does not need to be peeled.  
  2. For the best flavour and texture the pear should be just ripe but still firm.
  3. For extra flavour and crispiness I have used my Salt and Pepper Roasted Walnuts.
  4. For the freshest presentation and flavour, the salad should be assembled close to serving time. If assembled early the pear will discolour and the rocket will wilt. The seasoning and the dressing should be added just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg
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103 Comments on “Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    This is such a pretty looking salad Alex! Inspired by the Adelaide Markets, that is COOL! I love the colours and it sounds delicious too.

  2. 5 stars
    This salad is seriously loaded with all the nutritious benefits! I feel like I never do enough when preparing my salad dishes since I never enrich them as you have. The radish-feta-and -cucumber salad also looks so crunchy and yummy!

  3. I really love the flavor profile of this salad. I can’t wait to give it a try. I’m a huge fan of feta, cucumbers, and radishes, especially when paired with such a delicious dressing.

  4. Just by looking at the photo I know everything will mix and blend well when eaten. I love how healthy and satisfying this salad is!

  5. This salad looks delicious and is beautiful just to look at! I’m guilty of not using radishes in salads myself, and I am eager to give this recipe a try.

    1. Hi Lyanna, thank you for the lovely comments. The salad would still be delicious and healthy without the feta if it’s difficult for you to obtain. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This salad looks absolutely scrumptious. I love the combination of feta cheese and cucumbers. I’ve never have radishes in a salad before, so I will definitely be making this soon!

  7. 5 stars
    Oooh wow this looks like a fresh, healthy, and delicious salad. I love radishes, cucumber, and feta so this seems like a perfect combination for me.

  8. This looks so colourful and delicious. The fact that it is healthy and all-natural makes it even more attractive. I do love a good salad and this one, i would enjoy.

  9. oh my goodness this salad rocks!!! It looks so fresh and so delicious, exactly how i like my salads. Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. I have never tried to have a delicious and healthy salad like this. I am going to try making this at this coming weekend for my family.

  11. 5 stars
    This salad looks so colorful and delicious. Loved the tips on how to make it look nice and how to slice the radishes and cucumber. These little tips make all the difference for a recipe’s success.

  12. 5 stars
    Oh, wow! What a combination of products, this salad must be super delicious! I love feta, as it reminds me of Greece. I bet it will be my favourite salad soon! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    What an awesome side dish, Alexandra! I can’t say that I’ve seen watermelon radish before…but then again, I don’t think I’ve ever gone looking for ’em either. I love how colorful this recipe is…and I know the taste is spot on, too!

    1. David, I was pretty excited when I came upon the watermelon radish, they are gorgeous on the inside and I knew they had to be in this salad. I am so pleased that you like the appearance; colours in food are very important to me. 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    What an interesting recipe which includes radish. Japanese love radish and usually eat them raw and Chinese usually cooked or boiled them in the soup. I like your version – International!

  15. 5 stars
    Yum! Radish, Feta and Cucumber Salad looks sooo delicious! I never thought that Radish, feta and cucumber will look so refreshing together. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Fingers crossed Tandy that you will be able to get them soon. They have only been available here fairly recently. And yes, they are gorgeous. 🙂

  16. 5 stars
    Why is this the first time I am hearing about this! This is the most genius salad recipe I have seen in a while! I think I’d trade the feta for cottage cheese. Saving this for later, thank you!!

  17. 5 stars
    Such a delicious looking recipe, like always! Pears, feta and rocket work so well together and I love the watermelon radishes that bring a beautiful touch of colour. Another great recipe from you!

  18. 5 stars
    So delicious! I am a massive radish fan. It is almost time to plant some for some tasty salads in spring.

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