My uncle loves radish sandwiches, slices of crisp radish on butter-slathered bread. It’s one of those memories from childhood which is burned in my memory. I never understood the appeal of radishes and only nibble on them occasionally. This week I received a fresh bunch of organic radishes and decided to try my hand at a sandwich. Although it’s not how my uncle made his sandwiches, I think my version offers a fun and healthy twist.
I took a break from work today to spend some time in the kitchen. I contemplated how I would construct my sandwich while I prepped a red quinoa salad for dinner tonight (more to come on that tomorrow!). I knew butter would not be an option, so I decided to use a thick and creamy organic Greek yogurt as the spread (Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt). The yogurt is fat-free and thick, as thick as full-fat sour cream. I mixed a tablespoon or so of the yogurt with a 1/4 teaspoon garam masala, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and a bit of lemon zest.
There is something about the spiciness of radishes that I thought would pair nicely with the spicy, creamy yogurt. To balance out any sourness from the yogurt, I decided to use a sprinkle of dried currants. I considered using honey or chutney but didn’t have any.
I would love to have used a nice rustic white bread, but instead I used a high-fiber bread (Orowheat Double-Fiber Bread. I toasted it first to add extra texture and flavor, then layered with lettuce and sliced radishes. I gave a generous dollop of the yogurt mix, then a sprinkle of currants.
Often I find myself in a rut with the foods I eat, especially when I’m carefully watching my diet. This sandwich is spicy, tangy, and sweet. It is crispy, crunchy, and creamy. Overall, it contains a mix of textures and flavors which makes my mouth happy. I enjoyed the yogurt spread and found the currants to lend just enough sweetness. I’m still not a huge fan of radishes but found the sandwich to be a great use for them!
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