Fresh Radish Salsa in 20 minutes (Keto and Kid-Friendly)
Sep 20, 2023, Updated Oct 04, 2023
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Radish salsa is kid-friendly, so everyone, even those with common dietary restrictions, can enjoy it. Crunchy, crisp, bright, and zesty, this keto salsa is the perfect topping for tacos, a snack with tortilla chips, or eaten straight from the bowl. Be sure to make extra. You’ll be glad you did.
You know we love a delicious twist when it comes to traditional recipes, especially when we can swap in new fruits or veggies.
Radish salsa is sponsored by Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Radish salsa is a simple, quick, and easy way for everyone to enjoy a fresh spoonful (or three) of perfectly diced veggies and herbs. And it doesn’t hurt to bring your mealtime flavors up a few notches.
If you or your family think your salsa days are over due to food allergies or poor gut health, there’s hope.
You’ll love this recipe because it’s fresh, nutritious, quick, and versatile. You won’t even miss the traditional salsa taste.
Check it out!
What Is Radish Salsa?
In our radish salsa, we swapped out the tomatoes for radishes. If you love a crunchy bite in your salsa, you’ll love this easy swap just as much as we do. With only five ingredients and a food processor, radish salsa comes together in minutes. In fact, it takes longer to marinate than it does to throw together.
Premade salsas are typically high in sugar or carbs. Radishes are the best alternative to solve both issues, making it keto-friendly too. And when you whip up this recipe (or maybe we should say pulse), you end up with a unique salsa that goes with everything.
All of the ingredients in this keto salsa recipe are fresh. If you have a garden, this is a great way to use some leftover produce from your summer crops. Of course, you can also find these simple and affordable ingredients in the produce section at your local grocery store for a versatile radish topping or snack.
Here’s what you need:
Radishes have a small green stem. This can add some prep time to this radish salsa recipe. That’s why we love using Dandy® radishes because they are already washed, cut, and ready to eat. They come in a clear bag so you can see how fresh they are before you buy them, and you get to skip a little bit of prep work.
Low in calories and high in vitamin C and crunch, this is a beautiful and nutritious addition to your diet.
You only need one jalapeño to add the perfect amount of heat to this recipe. To rib and deseed your jalapeño, cut the stem off at the top and slice your jalapeño in half. Then, use a spoon to scoop out the ribs and the seeds.
There are four different types of jalapeños, and each varies in spiciness. Choose the one that fits you and your family’s tastes the best. The seeds add heat to your radish salsa, but since you cut them out, it shouldn’t be too hot for those who don’t like spice.
Generally, one lime makes about two tablespoons of lime juice. If you have bottled lime juice, that will work as well. Just measure out your juice and add it to your food processor. Although many bottles say 100% lime juice, water and other additives are often mixed in. We love using fresh limes because you don’t have to measure them, and the flavor is bright and zesty.
This herb adds a lemony, peppery note to your keto salsa. Many people discard the cilantro stems, but did you know you can eat those too? Toss a handful of cilantro, stems and all, into your food processor. As you pulse the radish salsa mixture, the stems break up with the rest of your ingredients – you’ll forget that the stems are even in there.
Not a cilantro fan? Try parsley, Mexican oregano, or Thai basil for a softer flavor.
Let’s add a subtle onion flavor with an extra pop of color. Green onions are milder than white and red onions but still add a herby, crunchy texture to your salsa. Cut your green onions as thin or as thick as you’d like. The white bulbs have a stronger peppery flavor, so feel free to add those. You’ll need about two or three green onions for your salsa.
Again, you can get all of these ingredients at your local grocery store in the produce section to keep things fresh, bright, and flavorful.
How to Make Radish Salsa
Step 1: Place your radishes, jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro in your food processor. Chop by pressing the “pulse” button for one second, then stopping. Continue to pulse until the ingredients are finely diced.
Step 2: Transfer your radish salsa to a large mixing bowl. Don’t be afraid to taste test, and then add the green onion, pepper, and salt to your liking. Gently use a spoon to toss the ingredients until they are mixed well.
Step 3: Let your radish salsa sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Time to rest gives your fresh salsa ingredients time to marinate and blend the flavors. Then serve!
How to Select the Perfect Radish
The easiest way to tell if a radish is good is to look at the leaves it’s attached to. The leaves should be vibrant and perky. If the leaves are brown and wilted, the radishes are likely old or were not stored correctly.
When you select Dandy® radishes, the stems are already cut off. Be sure to take a close look at the radishes through the clear packaging. They should be bright pink or red, firm, and smooth.
How to Store Radish Salsa
Store your salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to six days. If you want to make and freeze a large batch, you absolutely can. However, radishes don’t stay as crisp and crunchy after they’ve been pulsed in the food processor and frozen, so keep that in mind. You can freeze your salsa for up to three months.
As you can tell, we’re fans of fresh radish. Store your radish salsa in whichever way is more convenient for you and prevents waste.
More Salsa Recipes
- Pomegranate Salsa — sweet, tart, and quick
- Mango Salsa — tasty with grilled fish, chips, or a salad garnish
- Easy Blueberry Salsa — sweet with a little bit of heat
- Apple Salsa — best served with cinnamon pita chips
Why We Love Dandy®
Known for their large celery production, Dandy® also grows radishes, corn, and lettuce, just to name a few. With over 100 years of experience growing produce, they strive to grow veggies that are completely edible, like radishes. From water conservation to using land efficiently, they’re committed to sustainability practices that give you and your family high-quality produce for generations to come.
Look for their blue and red logo when you make your radish salsa recipe for a crisp, bright, and crunchy snack or topping.
Dandy® Radish Recipes
- Cajun Spiced Hasselback Radishes — a zesty appetizer served with a dollop of pimento cheese
- Sauteed Radishes with Crispy Bacon — potato-like bite without the carbs
- Roasted Radish Chips — an easy, homemade alternative to store-bought chips
- 2 cups Dandy® radishes stems removed
- 1 jalapeño jalapeño (ribs and seeds removed)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (or to taste) or juice of one lime
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1/4 cup green onion chopped
- 2 pinches salt (to taste)
- 2 pinches black pepper (to taste)
- tortilla chips to serve
- Place radishes, jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Transfer the salsa mix to a large mixing bowl, add green onion, salt, and pepper to taste, and gently toss. Let your radish salsa sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to marinate.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.