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Also known as “spring salad,” this was served as a side dish, or mixed with pot cheese and sour cream as a summer main course. When served as a salad, tomatoes can be added, but they should be eliminated if sour cream is to be added. I also like the peppery addition of crisp watercress leaves. The basic ingredients, however, are red radishes, cucumbers, and scallions; even green peppers are optional. Kirby cucumbers are more solid than the usual variety, so use them if available. This salad requires no dressing.
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe Courseappetizer, main course
Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, low calorie, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Taste and Texturecrisp, crunchy, garlicky, light, savory
Type of Dishsalad
- 1 bunch firm, young red radishes (about 10 to 12 radishes)
- 2 small Kirby cucumbers or 1 medium regular cucumber
- 6 to 8 scallions
- 1 small green pepper (optional)
- ½ bunch watercress (optional)
- 4 or 5 ripe Italian plum tomatoes or 1 medium regular tomato
- 1 large glove garlic
- Pinch of kosher (coarse) salt
- Black pepper
Wash the radishes well and trim off leaves and roots. Slice in rounds. Leave slices whole if the radishes are small but cut the rounds into halves or quarters if radishes are larger. Peel the cucumbers. Cut in half vertically and with a teaspoon scoop out the seeds and discard. Dice the flesh. Trim and wash the scallions and slice thin both white and tender green portions. Seed and chop the green pepper, if you use it. Wash and dry the watercress and pull the leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Cut the tomatoes in small chunks.
Cut the peeled garlic clove in half. Place a pinch of coarse salt in the salad bowl and rub the cut sides of the garlic in it, rubbing all over the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the vegetables and black pepper to taste and toss together lightly but thoroughly. Serve at once, discarding the garlic halves as you come upon them.
1979, 1991 by Mimi Sheraton