Carpaccio de Radis (Radish Salad with Herb-Infused Olive Oil)

Carpaccio de Radis (Radish Salad with Herb-Infused Olive Oil) Recipe

I love red radishes. It's such an under-utilized and under-appreciated vegetable. The taste is clean, crisp, and mild. Unlike daikon or other kinds of radishes, they don't have a harsh mustardy flavor. Traditional carpaccio is thin slices of raw meat or fish, but I made a "carpaccio" out of the radishes by thinly slicing them with a mandoline.

In France, we would simply eat them with good quality butter, salt and pepper. Since the butter here in the US isn't as flavorful as the yellow butter produced by the grass-fed cows in France, I decided to liven up the dish with a truffle-Meyer lemon vinaigrette to make it more appealing. I drizzled Italian flat-leaf parsley-flavored oil for color. I chose flat-leaf parsley because it has a much milder flavor than cilantro. I wanted the radishes to be the focus of the dish and not be overpowered by other ingredients.

Ingredients

Yields: 8

16 red radishes
2/3 teaspoon salt (preferably fleur de sel)
1/8 teaspoon white peppercorns, freshly ground
1/4 cup canola oil (or any neutral oil)
2 teaspoons truffle oil
1 Meyer lemon
1 tablespoon garlic chives, finely snipped
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, tightly packed
1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons crème fraîche


Directions

Using a zester, make about 8 small lemon zest shavings . Set aside.

For the truffle / Meyer lemon vinaigrette: In a bowl, combine the juice of half the lemon, 1/3 teaspoon of fleur de sel, canola oil and truffle oil.

Shave down the radishes using a mandoline slicer on the thinnest setting. Place them in the vinaigrette bowl. Toss well.

Wash the flat-leaf parsley. Quickly blanch it for about 10 seconds in boiling salted water and transfer to an ice bath, to maintain a bright green color. Drain thoroughly of all water, and pat dry on paper towels. Coarsely chop the parsley.

In a blender (or a mini-blender if you have one), mix the parsley, olive oil, garlic, 1/3 teaspoon of fleur de sel and 1/8 teaspoon of white pepper.

Assemble 2 sliced radishes per person. Add a dollop of crème fraîche, drizzle a little more than a teaspoon of parsley-flavored oil. Sprinkle a pinch of garlic chives. Garnish with Meyer lemon zest. Finish with a pinch of fleur de sel.

Serve immediately.

Bon appétit!


Tips

I used Cherry Belle radishes. They are a bright red-skinned round variety with a white interior.

Using a good quality salt will bring so much more flavor to your appetizer. Fleur de sel doesn't taste as harsh as regular table salt; it has a more briny flavor. The coarse texture is perfect for carpaccio. You can find it at any specialty stores like Whole Foods. There are so many kinds that you should try: Red Hawaiian salt, Himalayan salt, Fleur de sel from Madagascar, Fine Salt from Bayonne,  Sel de Guerande, and of course the Fleur de Sel from the Island of Noirmoutier. For this recipe, I used the Fleur de Sel de l'Ile de Re, which I bought on my trip to Paris last June. It's hand-picked, not treated and not washed. All the minerals are still there. It's very flavorful and surprisingly not as salty as regular table salt. I like testing and making my own seasoning salt. I'll post the recipe for some of these concoctions later.

For a non-vegetarian version, you can top the radish carpaccio with paper-thin slices of sushi-quality Ahi fish fillet, cut on the bias.

Shaved thinly sliced radish salad
The flowers in the background are the flowers produced by the garlic chives in my garden. Aren't they pretty?

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on August 11, 2009.


Comments

Discussion:
[-] Foodie with Little Thyme! - Guest-cassie
I love radishes. This looks wonderful.

cassie Website Link
[ Posted at 8:45 AM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
This is a really interesting way to serve radishes. My husband would really like this dish.

Fearless Kitchen Website Link
[ Posted at 9:23 AM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
looks like a good side dish

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[ Posted at 10:25 AM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Smoky Mountain Cafe - Guest-Katherine
I under use radishes too. This looks so festive and tasty!

Katherine Website Link
[ Posted at 10:27 AM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
mmm. simple, refreshing and i bet, reallly tasty! looks amazing too. x

diva Website Link
[ Posted at 11:05 AM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Taste With The Eyes - Guest-LoriLynn
I'm with you! Love radishes!
Your presentation sounds excellent.
LL

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[ Posted at 4:22 PM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Lovely Radish Salad - Guest-Faith
This beautiful salad looks so refreshing! I love the crisp flavor of radishes.

Faith Website Link
[ Posted at 4:24 PM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] The Pink Apron - Guest-Kelly
Those look fantastic. I just picked up a bunch of radishes with my CSA share yesterday. Perhaps this would be a great dish to make with them.

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[ Posted at 4:34 PM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] so pretty! - Guest-lisaiscooking
That's a lovely presentation! The vinaigrette and creme fraiche sound fantastic with the radishes.

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[ Posted at 6:51 PM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
[-] Delicious - Guest-foodcreate
I can't wait to try it love the flavor looks so tasty !


Have a wonderful Day ~~~8

foodcreate Website Link
[ Posted at 10:25 PM on 8/11/09 | Reply ]
I like this elegant idea!
I'm also happy to find your blog (thanks for visiting me!) as I was just starting to look for some Indian inspired recipes and now I've found some to get me thinking!
Have a great day,
Emily.

Emily Website Link
[ Posted at 2:25 AM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]
I love radishes ..your recipe looks really tasty with the addition of crème fraîche.

zainab Website Link
[ Posted at 6:31 AM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]
[-] yum! - Guest-Heatherchiknpastry
I'm definitely not on the radish train, but this may be an exception and a reason to try them. Looks good!

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[ Posted at 8:54 AM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]
vat a simple delish looking side dish.. m already craving!!

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[ Posted at 9:49 AM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]
[-] I love radishes - Guest-OysterCulture
and this dish sounds wonderful so flavorful with out being heavy

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[ Posted at 5:06 PM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mmmm... - Guest-Miakoda987
Classy and elegant, very simple! :)

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[ Posted at 10:28 PM on 8/12/09 | Reply ]

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