Summer and a Simple Radish Sandwich

Photo by Beverly Wang


  • 1 slice of bread of your choice
  • 1 French breakfast radish, sliced thinly (a mandoline is great for this)
  • butter, softened to spreadable consistency
  • dijon mustard, optional
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper

With the local farmer’s markets in full bloom lately, I’ve been trying to make the most of all the fresh produce available. Last weekend, I was browsing a stand when I came upon this lovely bunch of radishes. With their petite size and whimsical elongated shape (up until this point, I had only seen the round variety in my grocery store), I couldn’t help but pick up a bunch to try. These variety of radishes are known as French Breakfast Radishes, which are known for their delicately sweet flavor and crispness. After washing one and taking a bite; I knew that I had to use them in a way that would let their delicate flavor shine.

radishes / photo by Beverly Wang

The French eat these radishes on tartines (a sort of open-faced sandwich); simply prepared with butter and a dash of salt. ¬†As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love meals that are simple and allow the main ingredient to shine; this sandwich is a perfect example of that. Light, refreshing and easy to make; I’m sure I’ll be eating this sandwich frequently in the warm days to come. I’ve used my hippie-dippie sprouted raisin bread for my version, but I’m sure any hearty bread of your choice will be delicious too. I couldn’t help but put a thin slathering of dijon mustard, but I’m of the type to put mustard on every kind of sandwich I eat.

radish sandwich / recipe and photo by Beverly Wang

French Breakfast Radish Tartines (makes one tartine)


1. Spread butter (and mustard if you choose) on one side of the bread and top with sliced radishes.

2. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

3. Devour.

radish sandwich / recipe and photo by Beverly Wang

Enjoy! How are you taking advantage of all the season’s great produce?

About Beverly Wang

Beverly is a web applications developer living in lovely Southern California. When she's not writing code, you'll probably find her in the kitchen or out capturing moments of her daily life with her camera. Never content to sit still, she always finds herself trying to do ten things at once. She believes that good food, made with love and from scratch, is the panacea for all ills.

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