July 18, 2021

Easy Pickled Watermelon Radishes

Easy Pickled Watermelon Radishes

I found these gorgeous watermelon radishes at the market recently and decided to buy an entire basketful thinking I'd figure out what to use them for on my way home from the store. A couple of stir fries later and I was just left with several I didn't know what to do with. The idea of pickling these beauties came to me because I usually have a couple jars of indian pickles in the refrigerator that helps to enhance some of the simpler dishes I make at home. But I generally tend to only use my indian pickles with indian food.

While I've made pickled red onions before, I thought I'd use the same pickling solution for these watermelon radishes and they came out perfectly! So easy to make and so colorful, it really enhances the dishes you eat visually and adds a nice tangy bite to your tacos, avocado toasts, ramen noodles and of course salads. Follow the recipe below in the video. You'll see just how easy it is to make your very own batch!

Easy Pickled Watermelon Radishes

Looking for something tangy, healthy and colorful to add to your dishes? These watermelon radishes are just the thing!


Shilpa Iyer













  • 3-4 medium sized watermelon radishes
  • 2 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water


  1. Wash and slice the radishes into 1/4 inch rounds. (Peeling is optional)
  2. Place the radishes in a large bowl and add 2 Tbsp of sugar and the salt to the radishes. Massage the radishes for 1 minute and set aside for 15 minutes.
  3. After the set amount of time, rinse the radishes thoroughly and pat them dry.
  4. Place the washed and dried radishes in a clean glass jar that has a tight fitting lid.
  5. Place 1 cup of warm water in a bowl and add the remaining sugar to the water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Add the vinegar to the sugar water and stir well. Taste the pickling solution at this point. It should have the right balance of sweet and sour, based on your palate.
  7. Pour the pickling solution into the glass jar with the radishes. The solution should cover the radishes. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  8. The radishes are ready for eating within 2 hours of pickling.
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