I love the huge variety of multicolor radish seeds that are available and admit I probably buy too many packets every year! This salad captures the best of what my early spring harvests can offer. The bitter and pungent tastes stimulate digestion and activate metabolism after a cold, sluggish winter. This is truly a spring tonic salad.

DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, NUT-FREE, QUICK, VEGAN

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES

1 bunch multicolored radishes

2 tablespoons chopped scallions

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 ounces baby arugula

1.Wash the radishes and cut off the stems and roots.

2.Slice the radishes thinly using a mandoline or sharp paring knife.

3.Place the radish slices and scallions in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

4.In a small jar, combine the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, mustard seeds, salt, and pepper.

5.Secure the jar with the lid and shake well. Pour over the radishes; stir to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

6.When ready to serve, distribute the arugula among four bowls. Top each bowl with ¼ of the dressed radishes.

INGREDIENT TIP: There is a difference between yellow, brown, and black mustard seeds. The darker the color, the more pungent the taste. Yellow is by far the mildest tasting, but still adds some pungency to a dish. When you see a whole-grain prepared mustard on the grocery store shelf, you’ll know that it will have more of a bite than plain yellow mustard.

HERB PROFILE

MUSTARD

Whole seeds, powder, prepared whole-grain condiment, fresh greens

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Avoid in pregnancy in more than culinary amounts. Mustard oils may cause digestive irritation in sensitive people.

TASTE/ACTIVITY: PUNGENT/HOT/DRY

PROPERTIES: Antibacterial, antiviral, carminative, expectorant

USES: Combats colds and flu, relieves congested lungs and sinuses, stimulates circulation and metabolism

SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS: Compound butter, infused vinegar, salad dressings (use sparingly due to its pungency)

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR: LUNG HEALTH, RELIEVING CONGESTION

Most pungent spices (mustard included) have antibacterial and antiviral activity so are wonderful prevention for colds and flu. Mustard’s sharpness also stimulates circulation and metabolism. In the case of congested lungs and sinuses, mustard provides relief by stimulating free flow of mucus.

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