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.
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
- 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.
- Chop off the heads of the radishes. In a wide and shallow salad container, grate radishes.
- Grate carrots next.
- Throw spinach leaves into the mix.
- 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.
- Peel off and grate little cloves of garlic on the smaller grater side.
- Add 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses. Stir everything. Your bomb dressing is ready.
- Pour your dressing over your salad ingredients.
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
- Combats sickness
- Prevents cold and flu
- Anti-bacterial, nature’s antibiotic
- Prevents heart disease
- Improves hair and skin health
- Purifies blood
- 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.
Your Mediterranean girl Müge