How to pickle radishes

It was a lovely Saturday afternoon, celebrating our wedding anniversary, enjoying a cocktail at one of the many new, trendy restaurants in Seattle. My husband decided to order Crudités – a fancy name for raw, pickled things. Okay, sounded interesting. Then I looked at the menu and learned that a plate of raw, pickled things cost $12! Whoa, really?


Well turns out these raw, pickled veggies were really delicious and with that price tag and yummy experience, I was inspired to make my own. This plate had a wide assortment of veggies- radishes, mushrooms, carrots, turnips. I think you can pickle just about any vegetable. I started simple, radishes only.

Where to begin? There are a lot of pickling recipes with just subtle differences. I did not want to Can and decided to try two different recipes. I learned that this is about the easiest thing you can do for a high return on investment – yummy, crunchy, delicious veggies in under 10 minutes! You can even gift them! 


I had everything in my pantry that was needed and I just had to pick the radishes out of the garden. I made The “Simplest” recipe for pickling radishes and a different one The “Honey” recipe, which is just slightly more time consuming because you have to heat up the ingredients on the stove top.

The “Simplest” recipe (makes 1 mason jar):

  • 8-10 medium radishes sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


Fill the mason jar with the sliced radishes. Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the radishes. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Wa-lah!

The “Honey” recipe (makes 2 mason jars):

  • 10-12 medium radishes sliced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 2 whole, peeled garlic cloves


Fill two mason jars with the sliced radishes and 1 garlic clove/jar. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a saucepan on low heat until honey is dissolved. Pour over the radishes. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Wa-lah!


Which one tastes better? I think it might come down to your preference for red wine vinegar vs. apple cider vinegar. I prefer the “Simplest” recipe, but my husband thinks the “Honey” recipe is more flavorful. I would choose the recipe based on whichever ingredients you have readily available at home.

Side note: Radishes are so easy to grow! Even if you don’t have a garden, find a pot and sow the seeds. Do it now so you can enjoy these crudités before it gets to hot to grow radishes (plant the seeds before June)!


Arugula salad recipe

Spring has sprung and so have veggies in the garden! I seeded at the end of March and I am now harvesting radishes, arugula, and kale. Yum!


The best part? Meals straight from the garden. In honor of this fresh harvest, a very simple and easy salad you can make with your arugula. I wanted to keep it light so I could still taste all the rich flavors of my very own grown crop.

Arugula, lemon, olive oil, salt, and parmesan are all you need. DSC_0412

  • Fill a bowl with Arugula
  • Drizzle olive oil (1-2 Tbsp)
  • Squeeze lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • Add a little salt
  • Sprinkle with parmesan
  • Mix it all up

Want to get a little crazy? Slice up some of those radishes and add to the mix.

Not sure when your arugula is ready to harvest? Find out.


Don’t forget to treat yourself to a glass of Rose on the side!

What are you cooking up with your arugula? Please share in the Comments section.

When seeds don’t sprout

Are you one of the many that planted seeds a few weeks ago and there are no sprouts to be seen? I planted several square feet of spinach, lettuce, and swiss chard only to spot a sprouted plant every square foot.


If this is you, do not waste any time. If several weeks have passed and only a few of the seeds have sprouted, it is time to reseed. This means that the seeds did not germinate and there are several reasons this may have occurred:

  • Seeds are expired (most seeds are best in the first 2 years)
  • Watering too much or too little
  • Planting too deep
  • Planting too early
  • Rodents or birds dug up the seeds
  • Any others you know of?

My seeds were packaged in 2016 and have never been opened. However, I planted them during a hot spell and also spotted a crow in my bed the following day. These two things may indicate that I did not water enough and the crow may have gobbled up some of my seeds. Since my seeds are brand new, I am going to give them one more try.

If your seeds haven’t sprouted, try to narrow down why this may have occurred based on reasons above. Then get out in the yard and take a second stab – either with new seeds, watering more or less, and be sure to confirm you are planting them based on the directions on the package.

Good luck!