The first sight of ruby red radishes is always such fun, finally- some fresh food is in season! We have had a few days of hot and humid weather here and I've been feeling less like cooking and more like 'assembling'. This little open faced treat was born out of a need to cut down on my daily cinnamon toast (what is it with this baby and her sweet tooth? honestly it's her, not me!), and the new abundance of fresh radishes and greens. It's quick and easy and also has quite a kick, just what I need to satisfy those afternoon cravings.
Open Faced Radish Sandwich with Arugula Spread: this recipe makes about a half pint of the arugula spread, the leftovers will store well in the fridge covered for a week. it will freeze, but loses its vibrant color. i prefer kale pesto for freezing!
- crusty loaf of bread, sliced
- one small bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
- two handfuls of arugula
- 3 tbs toasted sunflower seeds
- 1-2 cloves of garlic (depending on your tolerance for raw garlic and whether it's date night)
- 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 c olive oil, plus more for brushing bread
- splash of brown rice vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine the sunflower seeds and garlic in a food processor until well blended. Add the arugula, parmesan, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pulse until smooth.
Thinly slice the radishes and drizzle them with brown rice vinegar. Slice the bread, brush each piece with olive oil, and toast or broil just until lightly browned.
Spread each slice of bread with the arugula spread, layer on the radishes, and top with salt and pepper to taste. Easy!
It's always fun to stumble on a simple snack that is also reasonably healthy and fresh tasting. I will warn you that the combination of arugula, raw garlic, and radishes is quite spicy. Little Smith is generally okay with radishes and enjoys pesto, so I thought he might be on board...
... the verdict? Too spicy, or actually 'doo picey mama'! Not the most pleasing for little people I suppose, but mama is more than happy to finish it all. Happy Spring!