Easy Easy Radish Spread ♥

Easy Easy Radish Spread, another simple vegetable starter ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just radishes, green onion and cream cheese. Creamy with a little bit of radish heat!
Hey, fellow vegetable lovers! Today I've got a really easy vegetable appetizer recipe for you. It's just radishes, a little green onion and cream cheese. The combination is a great mix of heat and creaminess, easy to spread on crackers or sandwiches, toss with steamed vegetables or even gobble by the spoonful!

Fresh & Simple. Budget Friendly. Just Three Ingredients! Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free.


Am I Right?

You can never have enough easy appetizers in the recipe box! This one's a winner, all around! Easy. Fast. Cheap. A tad unusual. On-hand ingredients. Delicious. Did I say I like it?

(And I sure do love using crisp, colorful, spicy radishes in appetizers, here's another idea. Do try Easy Easy Radish Appetizer! What do they have in common? Easy Easy + Radishes.)

But the idea today is to mix a vegetable-cream cheese spread by mixing grated radish and cream cheese, a lot like those small little tubs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese spreads. With experimentation, I like it made in two different ways.

Texture Choices

There are two ways to make this Radish Spread, with quite different results.

MORE RADISH-Y I love this one's texture! Just grate the radishes on large holes of a box grater, the one you use for grating cheese. (I've had the same four-sided grater for years but like this looks of how this two-sided cheese grater (affiliate link) folds flat for storage. Handy!) Here you can get away with less cream cheese, a mere four ounces which is good if that's what you happen to have or want to reduce dense calories.

MORE CHEESE-Y This version is wonderful too and is easier to spread, a much finer texture, thanks to being processed in the food processor. You do use more cream cheese, a full eight ounces.

Easy Easy Radish Spread, another simple vegetable starter ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just radishes, green onion and cream cheese. Creamy with a little bit of radish heat!





Just updated. First published way back in 2006.

RECIPE for EASY-EASY RADISH SPREAD

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes

VERSION 1: MORE RADISH-Y
8 ounces (225g) trimmed red radishes, about 10 radishes
3 green onions (scallions), white and green parts both, cut into 1-inch lengths
4 ounces (112g) low fat (or other) cream cheese, room temperature
Salt & pepper to taste

Grate the radishes on the large holes of a box grater, throwing the ends into a mini food processor. Chop the radish ends and the green onions in the food processor until finely ground. In a bowl, stir together the grated radishes, processed green onions, cream cheese and salt and pepper. Makes about 1-1/3 cups.

VERSION 2: MORE CREAM CHEESE-Y
8 ounces (225g) trimmed red radishes, about 10 radishes
3 green onions (scallions), white and green parts, cut into 1-inch lengths
8 ounces (225g) low fat (or other lower) cream cheese, room temperature
Salt & pepper to taste

Process the radishes and green onions in a food processor until finely grated. Add the cream cheese and finish processing until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes about 2 cups.

ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
Fresh radishes with radish greens are more expensive than bags of radishes but they also taste fresher. To my taste, they're worth the extra expense. You may need to buy a couple of bundles to have enough.
Full-fat cream cheese works here but so does my personal preference, Neufchatel, the lower-fat cream cheese. I'm not a fan of the non-fat versions of cream cheese and avoid them.




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Comments

  1. AnonymousMay 29, 2006

    Hi,

    I am new to your site but I am loving all the photos and recipes I am seeing. On my to try list is the watercress/basil/mint salad with mangoes.

    Have a question about this radish dip though. I know radishes usually taste a bit bitter. With this recipe and the use of cream cheese, does it cut the bitterness of the radish a bit. Just wondering. Thanks for sharing!

    jenn

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  2. Hi Jenn -- there wasn't the least bit of bitterness with this, just what I would call a tiny radish 'bite'. All the cream cheese tempers the heat. I don't think you'll be disappointed ... and it's SOOO easy, yes?!

    I hope you come back often. And don't hesitate to ask questions. Once a new cook said, Should I drain the potatoes before mashing them? Oops!

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  3. AnonymousMay 29, 2006

    AK - Thanks for the quick response. I can't wait to try some of the recipes on your website. The oatmeal slump looks very interesting also. I am looking forward to trying many of your recipes. Thanks again.

    jenn

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  4. yum! i never thought of using radishes in a dip...i usually just end up dipping them!

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  5. AnonymousMay 31, 2006

    Oh wow! It's so different, summery, refreshing. I think I'm going to try this one the next time I host my girls' night gals. Thanks!

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  6. This looks delicious. I'll definitely have to try it.

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  7. AnonymousMay 29, 2008

    This really intrigues me. I saw the nutrition info per serving; however, unless I'm really blind, I couldn't see what amount of dip a serving actually was.


    Pat

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