Recipe: Mama Anya’s Spring Radish Salad

It’s radish season again! Why is this so exciting? Because radishes are one of the first “new” vegetables to appear in the spring in Ukraine. They add variety and a bit of a spicy kick to the winter’s onion, cabbage, and potato diet. I buy them at the bazaar — right now they’re selling at 5 UAH per bunch of 12-20 radishes — because they’re sold with the greens, which you can also eat.

Easiest salad ever

When I visited my PST host family a couple weekends ago, my host mom, Anya, made this fresh, easy, and tasty salad for Sunday brunch. I like to make a bunch and keep it in the fridge to nosh on for a few days.

Mama Anya’s Spring Radish Salad


  • 15-20 radishes, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 cucumbers, sliced thinly
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  • Chop all the veggies and toss them in a large bowl with the olive oil and spices. Enjoy in the largest quantities you can mangage.



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