Radish Microgreens Recipe: An Outstanding Crisp and Vibrant Mexican Coleslaw

If you are like me, nothing says Tuesday like tacos! So here is a radish microgreens recipe that is perfect for tacos, nachos, enchiladas, or even on pulled pork sandwiches.

Mexican Coleslaw Made With Radish Microgreens

This coleslaw is crisp, vibrant (thanks to the red radish microgreens), and refreshing enough to cool down the heat from the jalapeño peppers!

The coleslaw has a bright, slightly sweet, citrus flavor that melds with the vinegar tang.

The radish coleslaw contrasts and complements rich Tex-Mex or barbecue dishes.

The radish microgreens are the star, adding vibrant color, extra nutrients, and a delightful spicy crunch!

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Mexican Coleslaw a Radish Microgreens Recipe

This radish microgreens recipe is created by Kassy Moore of Homemaking Without Fear. Kassy has graciously allowed me to use her beautiful photos and reprint the recipe.

Kassy will provide us with more recipes in the future, but in the meantime, click on the link above and visit her site for more fabulous recipes!

You can learn more about Kassy at the bottom of this article.

Below is an excerpt from her article.

I started making a coleslaw in place of lettuce for our tacos a few years back after being introduced to a super flavorful citrus slaw at a family gathering. 

If you have never tried coleslaw on a rich flavorful taco you are missing out. 

My hands down FAVORITE way to eat this coleslaw is with my Fast & Simple Instant Pot Pork Carnitas. The fatty richness of the flavorful pork is cut with the sharp, bright citrus & vinegar of the slaw.

It’s outstanding!

The cabbage adds way more flavor and CRUNCH to your taco bite.

This coleslaw is also yummy as a simple side to black beans and – really any Tex-Mex dish.

I find that lettuce just gets wilted and doesn’t have enough structure to hold up to hearty Mexican dishes.

The addition of radish microgreens adds even more crunch and flavor!

I began adding radish microgreens to this coleslaw dish last summer and now I NEVER make it without. I always have microgreen radish growing in my kitchen. 

BONUS, they are packed with nutrients & beautiful too! 

harvested microgreen radish

Adding the radish microgreens to a slaw is genius!

The radish microgreen adds more crunch and bold flavor and is a powerful source of vitamins and nutrients.

Here is an article on radish nutrition and their health benefits if you are interested.

Also, the recipe for Mexican Radish Coleslaw is found below.

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What Are Microgreens?

Maybe you found this article from a search for coleslaw and need to know what microgreens are.

So let's discuss!

Microgreens are seedlings of regular vegetables, herbs, and even some flower varieties. The seeds are planted fairly thick in trays, usually grown indoors, and harvested within a week or two. 

Microgreens are similar to sprouts in nutrition, but they are grown in the open air and harvested without the root.

Microgreens are basically the stage between a sprout and a baby green.

vegetable food stages

The seed leaves (cotyledon) have emerged, but in most cases, the true leaves haven’t. This means the microgreen is flavorful, tender, and juicy rather than bland & fibrous. 

The US Department of Agriculture confirms microgreens may have up 40 times more vitamins and nutrients by weight than the mature veggie.

Like sprouts, microgreens are packed with concentrated vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

All the vitamins & minerals are condensed into the tiny seedling because they haven’t been diluted by growing into the mature version of the plant! 

Radish Microgreens provide an abundance – of proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins, polyunsaturated fats, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants.

What Radish Microgreens Should You Use?

Kassy used China Rose Radishes with beautiful red stems and green leaves.

Unfortunately, I do not carry China Rose seeds, but Red Arrow Radishes are similar.

You could also use Triton radishes, which have purple stems. However, to brighten up the coleslaw, Rambo Purple Radishes would be amazing!

Rambo radishes have dark red to maroon-colored leaves and stems that would make the slaw even more vibrant!

Radish Microgreen Products

triton purple stemmed radish stems

Purple Triton Radish

Violet to purple stems.

  • Grows Quick - Harvest in 7-days 
  • Mild radish & earthy taste 
  • Green leaves with violet stems
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Purple Rambo Radish

Adds beautiful color to your salads or garnishes.

  • Grows Quick - Harvest in 7-days 
  • Beautiful purple leaves with a few green ones 
  • Spicy flavor compared to Purple Triton
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Red Arrow Radish

Pink to Reddish Stems with Dark Green Leaves

  • Very easy to grow!
  • Inexpensive 
  • Great beginner microgreen to grow
Saisai radishes during harvest

SaiSai Purple Radish

Red to Pink Stems with Dark Green Leaves

  • Pink, purple, and bright red stems
  •  Doesn't grow hairy stems & leaves
  • Longer harvest period
  • Can grow to baby leaf size

Grow Your Own Radish Microgreens

For the freshest and most nutritious microgreens, grow your own!

As Kassy says, she has radish microgreens growing in the kitchen all the time.

he best thing about radish microgreens is you can grow a new batch every week in time for Taco Tuesday!

Radish microgreens can be harvested in as few as seven days!

I have several articles on how to grow radishes.

Growing radish microgreens is easy and inexpensive, especially with this microgreen growing kit.

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Free Quick Microgreen Guide

Follow the recommendations in this guide and you'll be eating microgreens in as few as 7-days!

Growing Microgreens is easy if you follow the simple steps in this colorful 39-page guide.

Radish Microgreens Recipe

Below is Homemaking Without Fear's recipe for radish Microgreen Mexican Coleslaw.

Radish Microgreen Mexican Coleslaw

What you need to make Radish Microgreen Mexican Coleslaw

ingredients for radish microgreen mexican coleslaw
  • 1 diced medium jalapeno
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or Apple Cider) 
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bunch fresh chopped cilantro (about 2 Tablespoons chopped)
  • 1/2 large or 1 small head of cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 loose cup of radish microgreens

How to make Microgreen Radish Mexican Coleslaw 

Mix diced jalapeño, vinegar, lime zest & juice, honey, salt and cumin in a medium sized bowl. 

dressing for mexican radish coleslaw

Next, add cilantro & shredded cabbage. Stir and toss well to coat cabbage. 

Now, cover and refrigerate coleslaw for at least 5 minutes to let flavors develop.

When ready to serve, stir in 1 oz of Radish Microgreens – about 1 loose cup. (I used a mix of China Rose & Daikon radish microgreens)

radish and cabbage coleslaw

How to store Radish Microgreen Mexican Coleslaw

Waiting to add the radish microgreens until right before servings ensures they will stay crisp with the most nutrients. 

Microgreens do tend to begin to lose nutrient content after they are harvested. I always recommend harvesting only what you need at the time and letting the rest continue to grow.

If you do harvest more than you need, store the rest in an airtight glass container or mason jar.

This coleslaw is best consumed the day you make it.

However it will stay tasty if you package it in an airtight glass container and keep it refrigerated for up to 48 hours.

The vinegar in coleslaw will soften the vegetables slightly but all the flavor remains!

Yield: 5 servings

This Mexican Coleslaw is crisp and refreshing. The slightly sweet, citrus, vinegar & spice is an excellent contrast and compliment to rich Tex-Mex dishes including tacos, enchiladas and nachos and more. Radish Microgreens really up the visual & flavor appeal in this colorful dish. 

Instructions to Make Radish Microgreen Mexican Coleslaw

  1. Mix diced jalapeno, vinegar, honey, salt, lime juice and lime zest, and cumin (the dressing for the cabbage) together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add cilantro and shredded cabbage, mix well to coat all of the shredded cabbage.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to let flavors develop and soak into cabbage. 
  4. Right before serving, stir in 1 oz radish microgreens (about 1 loose cup) - don't add microgreen radish too soon as they will get softer and less nutrients the longer it sits in the vinegar dressing.
  5. Stir well and enjoy as a side or crunchy topping to tacos, enchiladas, beans, nachos and more. 


If you cannot find microgreen radish to purchase or cannot grow your own, thinly sliced radish would work as a substitute. 

Red cabbage would be a nice addition in place of the green cabbage.

May substitute regular sugar for honey and apple cider vinegar for rice wine vinegar.

Visit Homemaking Without Fear to download or print out the recipe. 

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All the supplies and microgreen seeds you need to grow beautiful and nutritious microgreens at home!

Our prices are as competitive as the larger seed sellers. We also have our own soil, microgreen kits, and trays!

About Kassy & Homemaking Without Fear

My name is Kassy. I am a wife, mother, Montana native and author of the blog & Youtube Channel Homemaking without Fear. During the summer of 2022 I added “Microgreen Farmer” to my ever growing list of roles! DIY home projects, thrifty decor and natural living ideas are my specialties. But, cooking & gardening are my creative outlets & passions. Combining my love of each is what led me to microgreens. Our family microgreen business is called MT Wild Roots and you can visit us at www.mtwildrootsco.com. Growing, selling and teaching others how to grow microgreens is a side-income meets passion project. I believe I have finally found my niche. If you are a like-minded soul, head on over to www.HomemakingWithoutFear.com to read more about me & check out all kinds of simple, home cooked recipe ideas. You will find my most recent posts feature our home-grown microgreens!

Kassy Moore

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