Seasonal Recipes

Roasted Roots with Smashed Herbs


1kg small to medium radishes and beetroots
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
1/4 cup toasted pepitas
1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon juice
1 small clove garlic, smashed and minced
1 cup mint and coriander or parsley and basil or carrot tops or beetroot tops

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. Immerse roots in water and shake to remove sand. Rinse well and pat dry.
  3. Cut the greens from the roots, leaving a 1/2-inch sprig of greens on the radishes and turnips. Set greens aside. Halve radishes and turnips (quarter larger ones). Arrange radishes and turnips on a baking sheet (or 2), and just drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Roast for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the vegetables are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, chop 3 bunches of the greens – enough to make 1 loosely packed cup. Place greens in the bowl of a food processor and add 5 tablespoons olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, lemon zest and juice, and toasted pepitas. Pulse to combine. Aim for a smooth mixture with a bit of texture. Adjust salt or lemon as needed.
  5. Spoon pesto into a wide bowl and surround it with roasted radishes and salad turnips. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.