How to make Radish Top Pesto

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The last time I grew a crop of radish, they went into overdrive, but only on the top end, with little radish growth at all,  to show for all that bushy green top.

How to make Radish Top Pesto!

The radishes themselves were pithy and a bit woody, but I wanted to try a fermented radish pickle, so that became the fate of the stubborn radish crop. Unfortunately even fermenting the radishes did not help with those stubborn harsh things!

As for the greens, I had two different processes in mind, pesto and roasted greens. Let's start with the pesto, it is easy, frugal and very delicious.

How to make Radish Top Pesto!

I am a true pesto fan. I have made pesto with so many different herbs and green vegetables. Pesto makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches and burgers. Toss any cooked vegetable in pesto before serving for a delicious change of pace. Pesto and some sour cream on your baked potato are a whole new game! Plus in the colder months, opening a jar of pesto from safe storage in the freezer makes any day a brighter day!

How to make Radish Top Pesto! Frugal and delicious.

I used some of this pesto on my turkey sandwich, today at lunch. Instead of mayo, which I love, instead, I used a smear of Radish Top Pesto. Simply delicious, so watch out burgers, there is a change coming......

Radish Top Pesto
by the seat of my pants!

Radish tops, from 2 bunches, cleaned with all tough stems removed
1 t garlic salt
1/3 - 1/2 c Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/4 - 1/3 c olive oil

Fill your processor bowl with the greens, packing lightly.

Add salt and cheese.

How to make Radish Top Pesto!

Slowly add oil while at the same time using an on and off pulse method to mix and chop the ingredients. Continue to pulse, until proper consistency is achieved.

How to make Radish Top Pesto!

Spoon into storage jars, label, and freeze.

Use 3X5 cards to make a tape free label. 

Lay the label over the top of the dome lid, fold down the excess on one side. 

Add the ring while holding the label in place with one finger on the label, as you tighten the ring with the other hand. 

Makes 3,  4oz jars, with some for now


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  1. Since I belong to a CSA and get all kinds of greens - I've been thinking pesto. Didn't know I could use radish greens. I'll be trying this recipe. Thanks

    1. It is great, especially enjoyable spooned into a bean and vegetable soup.


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