The Five-Ingredient Sandwich: Radish & Radish Leaf Pesto with Avocado on Brioche

Custom Melamine Plates from Zazzle | Big Girls Small Kitchen

It’s hard to say why this has become a thing for me seeing as most of my clothing is solid, striped, or plaid, but I’m dying for a pair of leggings with photographs of hamburgers printed all over them. Have you seen those? If I can stay sane, I’ll probably never own them. But that doesn’t mean I can’t customize other things with photographs of food.

Like, for example, melamine plates that don’t break and are perfectly light and transportable for nights when dinner is replaced by a picnic in the park. Thanks, Zazzle. (Here’s where you can make our own plates–they’re a perfect gift for yourself or for others.)

In addition to celebrating the fact that you can print food on plates from Zazzle (!), this post also contains the recipe for the second five-ingredient sandwich invented for that brand new/eponymous series. Though I intended the sandwich posts to be about merely making yourself something decent from what’s in the fridge, there’s no reason that simple sandwich supper or lunch can’t be shared. On custom melamine plates. In the park.

I’ve spent the spring deeply devoted to radishes. For dinner parties, I’ve been sautéing them, and when I find radishes with their greens in good shape, I make sure to use those too. (Wash and dry the greens right after arriving back at home. They go bad so quickly.) In this number, I turned those greens into a simple pesto, which is the second layer (after butter) on these tea sandwich-like concoctions. Atop the pesto and below the avocado, you’ll find radish rounds arranged in a flower–pretty enough for a picture on a plate.

This post was sponsored by Zazzle. If you really want leggings with food print, customize some here. But maybe plates are a better bet. Either way, thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep Big Girls, Small Kitchen delicious!


Radish & Radish Leaf Pesto with Avocado on Brioche
Makes 1 sandwich

Technically, this sandwich has five filling ingredients, but six if you count the bread. Forgive me?

1 brioche roll, halved
2 teaspoons salted butter, softened
1/4 avocado, sliced
2-3 tablespoons radish leaf pesto (recipe follows)
2-3 radishes, sliced thinly
1 red butter lettuce leaf
Squeeze of lemon (optional)

Toast the brioche lightly if it’s anything but super fresh. Spread the bottom with the butter, then mound on a thick layer of radish leaf pesto. Arrange the radish slices, then sprinkle on some salt. Top with avocado, then lemon and salt, then the lettuce leaf. Add the top of the brioche bun, cut in half, and eat!

Radish Leaf Pesto

1/4 cup pecans
1 small clove garlic
Sea salt
1 large bunch radish leaves, trimmed of any brown spots and washed well
Olive oil

Combine the pecans, garlic, and salt in a food processor and process until pulverized. Add the radish leaves and continue to process, adding just enough olive oil to turn into a thick paste, in their neighborhood of 3 tablespoons. Squeeze in some lemon, then taste for salt. Radish leaf pesto will keep for 1 week in the fridge.

  • Janel Gradowski

    I think I would put that pesto on all kinds of things. I’ve never thought of using radish leaves. So glad I found your recipe for the next time I buy a bundle of radishes from the farmer’s market.

  • Millie l Add A Little

    This looks so tasty – especially the radish leaf pesto!
    Also, that brioche just makes it a hundred times better haha!

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