entertainingfoodFood & Drinkin the kitchen withkristina gillrecipes

in the kitchen with: penny de los santos

by Grace Bonney

I was thrilled beyond words when National Geographic photographer extraordinaire Penny De Los Santos agreed to do a recipe with us. Many of you will remember Penny’s fabulous home which was featured in a sneak peek. This week, she brings us an spicy heirloom radish salad, sure to please. I openly admit that I had never even heard of half of the ingredients and was very curious to learn! Try the recipe and let us know how you like it! If you can’t find all of the ingredients but make substitutions, share those with us as well- Have a great weekend! –Kristina

CLICK HERE for the full Spicy Heirloom Radish Salad after the jump!

About Penny: Penny De Los Santos is an award-winning documentary photographer know for her sensitive and evocative photo essays. Her Clients range from Saveur Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and Martha Stewart. She has been the recipient of several photographic grants including The National Geographic Grant for Photography, the Marty Forsher Fellowship from the Parson’s School of Design, Eastman Kodak Grant and Canon USA Photography grant. In the past 3 years she has been on assignment in over 16 countries for Saveur Magazine telling stories about food and the culture and community that surround it.

Why Penny chose this recipe: I love radishes. They are one of my favorite vegetables. Their smooth texture juxtaposed with that crispy snap after being bitten into, and then their wonderful spiciness that follows is so unpredictable. They usually play a tertiary role in many salads. But for me, I just eat them as they are. I’ll just grab a handful and munch on them as a snack. They are always a must buy whenever I see them at the market.

I’m always excited when I find new ways to use them. Recently at a weekend food gathering in South Texas my friend Rachel Lomas made this incredible radish salad. It was a collection of radish varitals that had this wonderful chile infused oil and Piave dressing. It was heavenly, the combination of the fresh, crisp radishes and the creamy sharp flavor of the piave mixed with the chile infused oil was awakening. The flavor combinations are intense and leave your mouth watering. Even just writing about this now brings back the intensity of this salad which, to be honest, will steal the show at any home meal.

Spicy Heirloom Radish Salad

radishes, any and all varieties available (in photograph: French Breakfast radishes (cylinder looking radish), Plum Purple radishes, White icicle radish (carrot shaped))
1/4 cup olive oil
5 cloves of garlic total (1 clove for dressing used with the mortar and pestle and 4 cloves sliced for infusing the chile oil)
1 tablespoon red flake chile pepper
2 lemons
2 tablespoons tangerine juice
drizzle of 2 extra tablespoons of high quality olive oil
1/2 cup of grated piave
1/4 crumbled piave on top
3 bunches of assorted radishes
1/2 cup basil rough chopped

Infuse olive oil with chili flakes

-Method: olive oil in pan med-low heat, allow oil to get hot add chili flakes, cook 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, sieve oil and let cool.
-Note: More chili flakes can be added depending on how spicy you want the salad.

For vinaigrette:

In mortar & pestle add garlic, salt. beat to paste using just prepared chili oil add to pestle and mix add additional olive oil (1-2 tablespoons), tangerine juice, lemon juice and pepper…whisk till perfectly emulsified (taste and adjust oil, tangerine juice)

Salad preparation:

-wash and rough cut radishes
-add cheese (for texture cheese should be added with 3 different cuts, grated, crumbled and chunks)
-add prepared vinaigrette
-garnish with fresh cut basil

Suggested For You


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.