Last weekend I attended the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California and visited the Duda Farm Fresh Foods booth. Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a 5th generation family business that was founded in 1926 to provide fresh, quality produce at affordable prices. As one of the world’s largest celery producers, Duda has become known for innovation. This year Duda’s theme for the PMA Fresh Summit was “Dandy Delivers — quality, safety, service and innovation.”
This year Duda is offering some innovative radish products that will allow families to enjoy radishes without the preparation that has been required in the past. Ready to Eat Radishes were introduced to produce buyers who attended this year’s show and soon we’ll be seeing them in the produce department of our local grocery stores. There are three fresh cut radish products: Radish Ministicks, Radish Coins, and Ready Radishes, which are cut, trimmed, and ready to eat.
If you have ever grown radishes in your garden, you know that there is some work to do before you can eat them. Cut off the leafy tops, wash the radishes to get off all the dirt from the garden, and trim them. Duda has made it easy for anyone who loves radishes to have them handy for snacks, salads, lunches, and this colorful salsa!
A few days before the show, Duda sent me a box of their new radishes to try. I love these little radish sticks. So cute! They’d make a perfect snack just on their own!
Chop everything up into 3/4 inch pieces. The avocado chunks can be a bit bigger than the peppers. Those radish sticks are just perfect right out of the bag!
I just love all the colors of the vegetables mixed with the avocado…and radish ministicks add a happy texture and color to the salsa! Serve it just as it is for a refreshing garnish with grilled fish or chicken.
It’s okay to make this salsa several hours before you plan to serve it. The seasoned rice vinegar will keep the avocado from turning brown. I made this salsa in the morning, and served it on top of a salad for supper. Everything was still fresh and tasty!
Fresh Veggie and Avocado Salsa Recipe
3/4 cup Dandy radish mini-sticks
1 large California avocado, peeled and chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cocktail cucumbers, chopped
3 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
Wash and cut up the vegetables. Slice, peel, and cut the avocado. Stir together in a mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar and stir just until the veggies and avocado are coated. Serve immediately as a dip, or topping for grilled fish or chicken. May be stored in the fridge for up to 6 hours. Makes about 3 cups.
Disclosure: I received a gift package of Dandy Ready Radishes from Duda Farm Fresh Foods, in a cute little DUDA cooler bag. Thank you to Duda Farm Fresh Foods for sponsoring this post as part of the Kitchen Play Team Fresh Summit food blogger program for 2014.