Radish Leaf Pesto

Every Saturday during their market season, Grow Dat Youth Farm samples an easy dish made with their produce.  One of our favorite recipes of theirs is a pesto they make using radish leaves. This is a great way to uss up the excess greens after you enjoy those spicy radishes!  Bonus: Radish leaves are a great source of calcium and Vitamin C.


2 large handfuls radish leaves, stems removed

2 tablespoons shelled sunflower seeds

4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 teaspoon salt


Wash radish leaves well and remove and discard stems. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with pasta, on roasted vegetables, or roasted potatoes.

Market Umbrella


Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers Market


The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.