Recipe: Lacto-Pickled Radish Slices
This is sure to be a controversial opinion, but the best part of going to the taqueria isn't the tacos, or the migas, or the enchiladas you order from the menu. Those things are great. Essential, even, but they are simply a vehicle for the goodies collected for the main event: The condiment bar. Oh, how we love condiments.
After hurriedly placing an order at the counter, you'll find us rushing over to collect samples of all of the salsas, hot sauces and pickled veggies they have to offer. Our priority, though, is the radishes. They're a great way to start off your taqueria feast and even better loaded into tacos for a bright, spicy crunch.
We wanted to find a way to get those wonderful taqueria flavors without, you know, the actual taco. These lacto-fermented radishes fit the bill. Sliced paper thin and brined with red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño, they nail that magical cross section of flavor: tart, crunchy, bright, funky, and just spicy enough to keep you coming back for more.
Load these pickled radishes onto your tacos (sorry if that's obvious), banh mis, pulled pork sandwiches and salads to bring the condiment bar to your kitchen.
- 40 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
- 1 bunch cilantro, trimmed
- 1.5 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 quart water
Pack fermentation jar with radishes, onion, jalapeños and cilantro.
Make brine by dissolving salt in 1 quart of water.
Add fermentation weight and pour in brine to cover, radishes should be fully submerged.
Top with lid and airlock. Let ferment at room temperature for 3-5 days.