Don’t Waste Good Food: Use Radish Greens for Healthy Delicious Variation on a Vichyssoise

Radishes, those beautiful red, pink, white jewels that grown under ground are back in the farmers markets for fall. But when you get home, don’t throw out those greens! Not only are the radish greens edible, they are the most nutritious part! Radish greens are a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, vitamin A, C, K and other nutrients. You can eat them raw, mixed with other greens in a salad, or put them in smoothies. Here’s a recipe for a wonderful and delicious way to use your radish greens is to put them in a hot or cold soup using onions (or leeks) and potatoes, resulting in a fresh, green-flecked Vichyssoise-style soup that will make you feel good about using what we usually throw in the compost bin.

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Radish Green and Potato Vichyssoise
Here’s a recipe for a wonderful and delicious way to use your radish greens is to put them in a hot or cold soup using onions (or leeks) and potatoes, resulting in a fresh, spring green-flecked Vichyssoise-style soup that will make you feel good about using what we usually throw in the compost bin.
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over moderate heat. Add onion or leek and potatoes and cook for about six minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add radish greens, cook about 2 minutes to soften and then add chicken stock or water, increase heat to high, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Using a blender, immersion blender or food mill, puree soup until smooth. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Add plain Greek yogurt and stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally until chilled, at least an hour.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with a dollop of yogurt, radishes and chives and serve cold.
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