Radish and Green Apple Salad

A light and refreshing radish and green apple salad with a fresh orange dressing. This salad is a great way to start a special occasion dinner!

radish and green apple salad in a white dish

Radish and Green Apple Salad

Many Saturdays ago we got all dressed up for dinner at One and a surprising thing happened:  the most memorable dish of the night for me was a radish and green apple salad.

A salad! Even after the pork belly with perfectly crispy skin, and the rich and tender beef cheeks, and the roasted beets with the delicious horseradish cream sauce all I could think about was the simple salad of raw spicy radish and tart green apples.

It was inspiring.

fresh radishes

Inspiration is what I hope for when I get the chance to eat a place like One and the chef-owners, Kim and Daniel (who, by the way, have quite impressive backgrounds with time clocked in the kitchens of Per Se, The French Laundry, Alinea, and El Bulli) delivered big. At the risk of sounding silly, I will say that I was practically giddy as we made our way through the four-course tasting menu. The restaurant is relaxed and inviting, the staff was friendly and welcoming and the food was approachable, thoughtful, and so delicious.

And the salad – the radish and green apple salad is what I’m still thinking about all this time later.

fresh radishes with orange segments and a green apple in the background

I would never dream that I could improve upon what was placed in front of me that night, so that’s not what this is about today. Today it’s about sharing the wonderful combination of raw spicy radish with tart green apples, which was a new-to-me pairing that night. It’s been tucked away in my thoughts for a few months now and this weekend I brought it back to life.

You might raise an eyebrow at what’s in it, but – and trust me on this – in one bite you get spicy, sweet, and tart along with just a hint of earthy bitterness from the thinly sliced celery. The Parmesan adds just a touch of saltiness. It all works. 

This salad is meant to whet your appetite before indulging in something special like roast chicken, or braised short ribs, or a perfectly cooked steak topped with bearnaise sauce. Seeing as it’s a little past prime radish season I’m a little late to the party, but I just couldn’t wait to share this until next spring. We’re okay with that, right?

Radish and green apple salad in a dish with white plates and forks

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Radish and Green Apple Salad

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Spicy radishes and tart green apples are a perfect pair in this salad. It’s a light and refreshing way to start a meal and perfect for entertaining.

  • Author: April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 celery rib, sliced thinly on a diagonal
  • 6 radishes, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 green apple, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Whisk the orange juice, lemon juice, honey, and olive oil together in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the radishes, apple slices, and celery and toss well to get it all coated in the dressing. Transfer the salad to a serving platter and grate a small amount of Parmesan cheese over the top.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 97
  • Sugar: 5.6g
  • Sodium: 109.7mg
  • Fat: 5.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 4.8mg

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  1. Okay, this HAS to be one crazy delicious salad if it was your favorite over pork belly, beef cheeks and roasted beets!! But, after reading the ingredients,it’s not hard to believe this salad is scrumptious! Sometimes it’s the simple things in life! Love all the fresh citrus juices, the touch of honey and the dusting of Parmesan to finish this salad off! Yummmmm! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous salad, April! <3 Cheers, girlie!

  2. Good to see that I’m not the only person who seems to have thought that radishes and green apples together would work magic. I mixed mine with plenty of fresh mint leaves and a dressing made of a grain mustard and harissa. Twas delish

    1. You can maybe make it ahead a few hours and keep it in the fridge. The only problem you might have is that the apples might brown or soften – the acid in the dressing can break them down.

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