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Fresh radishes on a platter surrounding a crock of radish leaf butter with half a radish dipped into it.

Radishes with Radish Leaf Butter

Course: Appetizers, snacks
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: radish leaves, radishes with butter
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 145kcal
Make your radishes with butter event better! Blanch the radish leaves and add them to softened butter. Tasty and reduces food waste!
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  • 4 cups radish leaves loosely packed
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • radishes


  • Wash the radishes and greens well.
  • Trim the leaves away from the radishes. Leave a little bit of stem to use as a handle for dipping. It's nice for color as well.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Fill a medium-sized bowl with ice water.
  • Place the radish greens in the boiling water and blanch for 15-30 seconds, just until they turn a very bright green. Then immediately put them in the ice water. It's best to do this in a few batches so you can ensure great color on all the leaves without overcooking them.
  • Place the radish leaves in a kitchen towel and wring out as much water as possible.
  • Add the radish leaves, butter, and a pinch of sea salt to a small food processor. Pulse until the radish leaves are well-incorporated into the butter. Transfer the radish leaf butter to a serving dish, top the radishes with some good sea salt such as Maldon and serve!


  • This recipe is adapted from Drinking French by David Lebovitz. I highly recommend it if you'd like to learn more about traditional French cocktails, aperitifs, and café drinks. It's a fascinating and well-researched book. And check out David Lebovitz IGTV on Instagram for lots of videos of making drinks from this book. He is one of my favorite chefs. 
  • I think you really need a mini-food processor for this recipe, not a full sized one. There just isn't enough stuff for a big one. Perhaps a large one would work if you were doubling the recipe. 
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Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 128mg | Calcium: 421mg | Iron: 1mg