Roasted Daikon & a Simpler Thanksgiving 2020
Photo: Liz Rueven

Roasted Daikon & a Simpler Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020 will be one for the history books, that’s for sure. We’ll be keeping ours very small, just four of us, and very simple. With the obvious goals of keeping our crew safe and well -fed, I backed into my menu thinking about roasting purple daikon radishes. I admit that it’s a little unexpected.

These days, I’m moving more slowly through my farmers’ market, relishing the seasonal abundance and feeling safer outside. With vendors spread far apart, lines well organized to keep shoppers socially distant, and everyone masked up, I’m sure it’s safer than shopping at a supermarket.

And while I move like a masked bat outta hell at my local Whole Foods, I take my time at my hometown Westport Farmers’ Market to meander, take it all in and find something I haven’t tried yet.

Purple Daikon Radish Kosher Like Me
Photo: Liz Rueven

Purple daikon radish attracted me in early autumn when John at Riverbank Farm asked me if I had ever tasted it roasted. While we often cut summer radishes into Israeli salad I had never tried the spicier, purple daikons, roasted or raw. Now we’re slicing purple daikon radishes into our salads, too.

What took me so long?

Purple Daikon Radish
Photo: Liz Rueven

Turns out, this cruciferous veggie is related to broccoli, cabbage and kale, so you know it’s loaded with fiber, high in vitamin C and potassium. It has a relatively sharp flavor that mellows after it’s roasted.

roasted purple daikon radish
Photo: Liz Rueven

With oranges veggies being the stars on most Thanksgiving plates, it’s a good year to change things up with a bright pop of purple.

Roasated purple daikon Thanksgiving
Photo: Liz Rueven

This recipe has three ingredients: Olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s the quick roasting at a high temperature that transforms these moon shaped crescents into the perfect, not at all sweet, counterpoint to turkey, chicken, or other vegetarian highlights on the plate.

Are you adding anything new to your menu this year or turning to family favorites, even if setting the table for two? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you’re cooking.

For more Thanksgiving recipes, search the tab labeled THANKSGIVING, at the top of this page.

Among my favorites:

Thanksgiving soup squash and apple Kosher Like Me
Photo: Liz Rueven

This Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This Mushroom Soup, which recently attracted a lot of play on my Instagram feed. Note: I blend it in my Vitamix but an Immersion Blender does the trick, too.

Thanksgiving salad Kosher Like Me
Photo: Liz Rueven

This Winter Salad with Roasted Fruit and Veggies

Roasted parsnip & Pear Salad Kosher Like Me
Photo: Rachel Carr

This Roasted Parsnip and Pear Salad with spiced balsamic and brown sugar glaze

This Challah Stuffing, which is a MUST HAVE at our Thanksgiving feasts.

Wishing you all a safe, uneventful and healthy holiday. Stay well.



Vegan roasted daikon radishes Thanksgiving
Photo: Liz Rueven


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