Watermelon Radish and Fennel Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The first time I stumbled upon watermelon radishes was on a cold winter morning at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, over two years ago.  I was searching for parsnips and thought this was it!  The cheery crew at Happy Boy Farms warned me that it was a spicy radish.  I had never seen a radish so …. large.  She took a knife out from her back pocket and cut it open.  I immediately thought about making a simple Watermelon Radish and Fennel Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette.


I was in awe.  The exquist color completely had me.  I fell in love with the somewhat tie-dyed design made of the brightest pink I had ever seen.  Yes, I was buying purely on beauty.  I took a paper bag and filled it with different sizes and shapes.  I had no idea what to expect when I got home.

Tenderly I took one of the radishes out of the crumpled bag, scrubbed the just picked dirt off, and took a big bite.  The spicy juices started to run down the corner of my mouth, and I was hooked.  It was like my first kiss;  wet, unknown and a little bit spicy.  I continued to slice a couple more, then I laid them on a plate and buttered a piece of still warm baguette.  I put a couple vibrate slices onto the creamy butter and sprinkled Maldon salt over the top.  It was perfect.

Since that first “kiss” some two years ago, watermelon radishes grace our winter table very often.  As an afternoon snack or mixed with tender greens for a dinner salad.  Now that, we are working from home, full-time, I am on the look-out for simple but delicious lunches.  This salad is one of our favorites.  It is full of sweet fennel and spicy watermelon radishes with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh squeezed Meyer lemons.  It screams spring time;  doesn’t it?





  1. what a GORGEOUS salad. Oh my word, the colors!!!!!

  2. Simple and stunning! I remember the first time I had watermelon radish–magical. This is one of the wonders of shopping at farmers markets or growing your own. I’ve never seen anything beyond the typical radish at a grocery store.

  3. Tracy, not only wildly gorgeous but wildly delicious as well. Try the salad before the last of watermelon radishes are around. xo ~ Denise & Lenny

  4. Jay – there is definitely something magical about a watermelon radish, from the gorgeous colors to the amazing flavor. We cannot get enough of them during their season. xo ~ Denise & Lenny

  5. Happy Fennel Friday! We featured your amazing salad for Fennel Friday this week and we are so glad to have found your blog! Happy Spring!

  6. WOW! I have never seen or heard of watermelon radish and I must seek it out today! Some for a salad like this, and seeds to grow! Thank you for sharing this lovely post (and your first kiss).

  7. These are stunning! Can’t help but smile when you look at those radish slices.

  8. Can you believe I’ve never tried a watermelon radish?? It’s pretty crazy, especially given how much I love radishes otherwise. Gorgeous photos, Denise! I think the next time I see these babies, I’m definitely going to give them a try.

  9. What a beautiful salad and wonderful combination! Really original.




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