Jana McMahon’s Radishes With Compound Butter And Salt

The French had it right pairing mild spring radishes with good butter and sea salt. This is what spring tastes like! Serving with smoked and citrus salts keeps this simple dish interesting and fresh.
1 bunch of radishes, washed well and tops removed; keep just a bit of stem for dipping

Compound Butter:

  • 4 oz. unsalted butter, softened (grass-fed or local butters are best)
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp. rosemary, fresh, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until everything is well incorporated. Put butter into a small dish for dipping.


Arrange radishes on a large platter or cutting board; serve alongside herbed compound butter and assorted salts for dipping. Each smoked salt has a different flavor unique to the wood it’s smoked over. Same with citrus salts; I am partial to lemon salt with this recipe.