Chicken Burgers with Radishes


1-1/2 cups sliced radishes
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp sea salt
2 cups radish greens
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb ground lean chicken
1-1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups baby spinach or radish greens
4 whole grain buns


  1. Place radish slices in jar. Combine rice vinegar, honey, salt and 2/3 cup water in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until honey and salt have dissolved. Pour over radishes, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Place radish greens, basil, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice and black pepper in food processor container and process until greens are pulverized. With machine running, pour in oil and blend until combined.
  3. In large bowl, gently mix together 1/3 cup (80 mL) of the radish pesto and ground chicken. Add additional pesto if desired. Form into 4 equal-sized patties.
  4. Lightly coat skillet or grill grate with oil and heat over medium. Place patties in pan or on grill, cover and cook for 5 minutes. then flip and cook covered for 5 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF (74ºC) on cooking thermometer.
  5. Spread mustard on burgers and top with pickled radish slices and greens. Serve in buns.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Sage magazine