Radish Herb Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette Dressing

By • September 6, 2010 • 20 Comments



Author Notes: My mother-in-law Frieda was a woman of limited and specific taste in food. She kept kosher her whole life, and was truly appalled at the thought of eating anything that wasn’t. She was in her 80’s when I met her, and her diet basically consisted of coffee, white bread, American cheese, tomatoes, ice cream, Stella D’Oro breakfast treats and Hawaiian Punch. So it was with surprise and delight that I found that she shared my love of radishes. We ate many a plate of radishes (sometimes with celery and carrots) over the 14 years we knew each other. Last summer Mom, her daughter and son-in-law were on their way down to New York to visit us when someone running a red light hit their stopped car. Frieda died as a result of the accident. She was 96 years old. Here’s to Frieda. We sure do miss her.
drbabs

Serves 2

Salad

  • 2 cups mixed greens, i.e., baby lettuce, arugula, mache, etc.
  • 2 center stalks of celery, sliced thin, leaves reserved
  • 1 small bulb fennel, sliced thin, some fronds reserved and chopped fine.
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2-3 scallions, chopped fine
  • 6-8 radishes, washed well, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Lay salad greens in a large flat bowl. (Or you could compose the salad on 2 separate plates.) Pile celery, fennel, parsley (or other herbs), celery leaves and fennel frond leaves in the center. Scatter the radish slices around the perimeter.

Tarragon Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • a few drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup best olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped tarragon leaves
  1. Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Whisk in tarragon. Drizzle dressing over salad, and taste. Add salt and pepper as needed before serving.
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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That's so sad, I am sure you miss her so much and what a lovely salad and tribute to Frieda.

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about 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

What a lovely woman, and how much you must miss her. Another wonderful story, Dr. B.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks. We do miss her. She had a good life.

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Oh how sad!

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

the dressing sounds very nice and I adore radishes as well.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks! Ordinarily I would add cheese or nuts (or both), but Frieda was a purist.

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

What a beautiful way to celebrate your love for Frieda and to share it with us. How lucky you both were to have each other for the length of time you did. Happy New Year to your family!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, Suzanne. Yes, we were all very lucky. Happy New Year!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments.

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Lovely recipe. Here's to Frieda. Thanks so much for sharing, drbabs.

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almost 4 years ago TiggyBee

Bless both your hearts... really lovely

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Hey, drbabs, Happy New Year, always renewing for us all.

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Happy New Year to you, too, Liz.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Sounds like Frieda lived 96 very wonderful, strong years. What a great tribute, especially with the advent of the new year this week!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, sagegreen.

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almost 4 years ago Sunchowder

I couldn't have posted anything nicer than Liz already has. What a beautiful women, touching story and such a loss for you.

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much-- we were blessed to have her for so long.

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Isn't this what our cooking at home is all about, building or recalling memories of loved ones in our kitchens? I guess I should have done another comment but it seems to melt into yours, Wendy.

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

I love that you put the spot-light on your beloved Frieda! My mother-in-law is 97 and we just hold our breath every week...Your recipe is lovely, but it is the family love that comes through in your entry. Happy New Year, Frieda,and know that you have a loving daughter-in-law watching over the family's kitchen.

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

(tearing up now) Thanks.