Radish and pear salad with citrus tahini dressing

radish salad
It is winter and the abundance of fresh winter veggies from my recent Paddy’s market haul makes me wonder if I just went a bit overboard. Now that is what happens when I go to the veggie market. My freezer is full of veggies processed and frozen. The lemons pickled, mandarins gobbled, long beans steamed and swallowed and now I have this beautiful, crunchy radish.
 My dad never liked radishes so we hardly ever bought them when I was small. Mom, on the other hand, loved them. Thankfully my husbands family thinks they are the best for Sambhar. I love to have them raw. So here is my personal favourite…salad with sweet pears and a nutty tahini dressing.

A little more about the radishes

  • Radishes are a weight watchers friend as they are quite low in calories.
  • Loaded with Vit C, this cruciferous vegetable is great protection for the flu season
  • Studied towards tumour development prevention, the radish has compounds that get metabolised into isothiocyanate. This helps to prevent the development of tumours.
  • Radishes have a lot of water in them abs hence keeps you hydrated.
  • Reduction of toxin-induced gastric ulcers is a proven fact with radishes
  • Used as a strong detox agent in traditional medicine, raw radish is highly beneficial.
  • With a measurable amount of potassium and Vit K these can help the blood vascular system health. source
I am sure you may have shed a few of your apprehensions towards this underrated root vegetable by now.
pear salad

More recipes with radishes

When you have those gorgeous radish leaves add them to this salad or try the recipe given below.
Here is the recipe for a quick and  easy sambhar that you can try with just radishes
Be it daikon, red salad radishes or the long reddish brown ones, the pungent, slightly spicy crunch is all about health. Try it in this combo with pears ad the pears help to soothe the spiciness. The dressing of tahini is nutty, aromatic and creamy. It coats the radishes well.
Do let me know what you feel about this salad. Don’t miss to tag @mildlyindian as you try out this recipe.
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radish salad

Radish and pear salad

with citrus tahini dressing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Soups and salad
Cuisine Autumn, Continental, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, International, One pot, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 94 kcal


Salad veggies

  • 2 cups radishes sliced, red salad variety
  • 2 medium pears
  • 15-20 mint leaves

Tahini dressing

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice ( swap to any citrus you have at hand)
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flaked
  • salt to taste
  • crushed black pepper to taste


  • Wash and slice the radishes thiny as you can.
  • Core the pear and cut them into thin wedges.
  • Add the veggies into radishes and pears with the mint.
  • Into a small bowl, add the tahini, the lemon juice, salt, pepper and the red chilli flakes.
  • Whisk them all together.
  • Pour generously over the salad veggies and toss the veggies.
  • Enjoy the salad
    radish salad


Use limes or oranges to swap the lemons.


Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 241mgPotassium: 353mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g
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4 years ago

This salad looks so refreshing and easy. Love the idea of using Tahini. Thanks for sharing.

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

Your simple but very attractive salad is making me hungry. I love salads with fruits and pairing radish with pear is a wonderful idea.

4 years ago

This is my kinda salad, loving all the textures and flavours in this salad. Perfect for us in summer here.

4 years ago

The perfect summer recipe – I have to try this super soon. Refreshing and so delish! Thanks for the inspo.

4 years ago

Very simple and refreshing salad. Perfect in summer. I like the idea of blending vegetables and fruit together.

4 years ago

I don’t have radishes enough!! They taste so good and are so easy to prepare. This looks like a great recipe to enjoy.

4 years ago

Such a simple yet busting with flavours Seema. Would love to try it sometime.

Beth Neels
Beth Neels
4 years ago

This is so delicious! I have tons of radishes, so I am always looking for recipes! We especially loved the dressing!

Lesli Schwartz
Lesli Schwartz
4 years ago

What a beautiful combination of bitter and sweet. Love me some radishes and pears!

4 years ago

It was really nice to find out all the health benefits of radish. Incredible how healhty it is. Can’t wait to make myself a big bowl of radish salad and try your delicious dressing.

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