Radish, Carrot and Spinach Salad | Mediterranean Diet Recipes

This is my go-to salad on days I come home tired, yet I still want to have a healthy Mediterranean side dish. The reason why I love this salad so much is the radiance of all the colors and the mouth-watering dressing that makes me crave it every week.

Before we start, if you are a Mediterranean diet enthusiast, you must definitely have a grater in your kitchen. A grater will make your life so much easier when making a salad. Instead of peeling and chopping veggies like carrots, radish, garlic etc., you can grate them in seconds. Grating also makes raw veggies taste richer since it breaks down the juice from within.

The grater I use in my kitchen is from Amazon. It is the best I have purchased in many years. You can purchase one below. Click on the image to go on Amazon website.

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Grated Radish, Carrot and Spinach Salad Recipe

What You’ll Need

4 small size, whole radishes

2 whole carrots

Spinach, 1 bunch

For the Dressing

1 juicy lemon

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 cloves of garlic (optional)

Pomegranate molasses (optional) Buy on Amazon

Directions

  1. Wash carrots, radishes, and spinach with plenty of water in a large container. Strain and dry with a towel. Because we washed the veggies really well, we won’t be peeling off the skin.
  2. Chop off the heads of the radishes. In a wide and shallow salad container, grate radishes.
  3. Grate carrots next.
  4. Throw spinach leaves into the mix.
  5. Prepare the dressing in a small bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice and combine with 2 tbsp of olive oil, or more. Up to you. Add salt and pepper. Your dressing is ready unless you want to add garlic and pomegranate molasses.
  6. Peel off and grate little cloves of garlic on the smaller grater side.
  7. Add 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses. Stir everything. Your bomb dressing is ready.
  8. Pour your dressing over your salad ingredients.
  9. Enjoy!

Why Radish in the Mediterranean Diet?

In Turkish language, the idiom “turp gibi olmak” means being healthy like a radish. Turkey is one of the Mediterranean countries that uses radish as a side dish frequently; sometimes sliced, sometimes grated in salad.

From a scientific perspective, radish is loaded with minerals and vitamins that act as antioxidants in the body. Red radish is packed with vitamin E, C, B-6; potassium, manganese, folate and protein.

Low in calories, high in fiber, radish helps weight loss immensely. 100 grams of radishes have about 20 calories. So if you are on Mediterranean diet to lose weight, radish is your must-have daily ingredient.

Why You Should Consider Adding Fresh Garlic In This Salad

Although it is optional, I highly recommend you to use garlic in this salad. Very few people know and use garlic in their salads. It’s not only the deliciousness it brings to the basic Mediterranean salad dressing, but it is also the health benefits and vitality it brings to the table. We all know garlic is a natural medicine that can cure and prevent diseases, but how many of us actually eat it raw? Not that many… Give this heavenly ingredient in your salad a chance, and I guarantee you, you won’t regret it. As you noticed, I grated the garlic for this dressing so the pieces will be super small and not strong at all. The garlic flavor will be distributed evenly to the whole salad and it will only make it more delicious.

Proven Health Benefits of Garlic

  1. Combats sickness
  2. Prevents cold and flu
  3. Anti-bacterial, nature’s antibiotic
  4. Prevents heart disease
  5. Improves hair and skin health
  6. Purifies blood
  7. Improves sex life by increasing blood flow to sexual organs

Did you try this recipe? What did you think? Leave a comment below and let me know what you would do differently.

Love,
Your Mediterranean girl Müge

10 thoughts on “Radish, Carrot and Spinach Salad | Mediterranean Diet Recipes

  1. Mira

    Loved your post! i really like Mediterranean diet (i’m from Lebanon), totally agree with the garlic benefits and how it adds its unique flavor to the Mediterranean food.
    we wrote on our blog the benefits of Mediterranean Diet, that people don’t know about !
    Thanks for sharing, will definitely try this recipe

    1. mugejones

      Hi Mira,
      Thank you for stopping by. Mediterranean Diet is one of the best as it is all about the veggies and other natural ingredients that can cure diseases and help weight loss. And isn’t garlic just everything?! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this post. I will be sharing more salad recipes this week.

  2. Jennifer

    Delicious 😋 I love radishes and garlic! I’m always looking for salad recipes so this one is going on my Pinterest board! Thank you 😊

    1. mugejones

      Hi Jennifer,
      I’m so glad you stopped by. If you love garlic and radishes, you will love this refreshing salad. Let me know when you make it, or add anything 🙂

  3. Madi Rowan

    This sounds so good! I already have the ingredients…I’ll probably give this a try this weekend! I don’t have the molasses but I think a little maple syrup would be a great substitution! Thanks for sharing! I’m always looking for new salad recipes!
    -Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

    1. mugejones

      Hi Madi,
      I’ve never used maple syrup as salad dressing but I don’t see why not:) Just from a Mediterranean foodie perspective, it might be a little too sweet. But it doesn’t mean it won’t be delicious.
      We Mediterraneans love pomegranate molasses mainly because of its nutritional content and the sweet and sour taste. Let me know what you think when you make the salad.

  4. Mama Writes Reviews

    GARLIC GARLIC GARLIC! I not only LOOOOOOOOVE garlic, but it is SOOOOO good for you. In fact, I even take a garlic supplement because of my allergies and chronic inflammation (I have PCOS).

    1. mugejones

      Doesn’t it just fix everything :)))) My grandfather who lived a long healthy life used to eat one fresh clove of garlic a day.

  5. Joyce Osiango

    I saw the post on you IG and I totally loved the idea. Thanks for sharing and I’m glad I can now get to make the salad.

    1. mugejones

      Hi Joyce,
      Welcome 🙂 I hope you enjoy the salad. Let me know how it goes.

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