Vichyssoise with Radish Greens

Vichyssoise is a refreshing soup to enjoy on a hot summer day. Fans of juicing with greens will know how nutritious the greens of vegetables are, yet most are discarded(guilty!).  I recently made radish tartines and thought the peppery greens would be a good substitute for watercress in vichyssoise.

image  I gave it a try and the soup was quite delicious albeit a little less peppery than if made with traditional watercress. It was a pretty pale green.  Serve with a big hunk of bread on the side.


Vichyssoise with Radish Greens

Adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 leeks, white part only
  • 3 large white potatoes, peeled and cut in 1″ pieces
  • 4 1/2 c of low sodium chicken stock
  • 4 cups of chopped radish greens or watercress
  • 2 c buttermilk(or 1c buttermilk plus 1 c half and half cream)
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • chives for garnish
  1. In a stockpot, heat the oil and add the leeks, cooking until soft, stirring to prevent burning.  Add the potatoes and the stock. Bring to a boil, reduce and cook until potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the radish greens and cook for another 5 minutes to wilt.
  3. Cool and purée until smooth in a blender.  Add the buttermilk and pulse to combine.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.  Chill 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Top with finely chopped chives and serve cold.[\recipe]


10 thoughts on “Vichyssoise with Radish Greens

    • You and me both Sheryl! My neighbor, an organic gardener, had given me the radishes and as he picked them said if I juiced the peppery greens could be used. I felt too guilty to discard them and starting thinking how I could use them. I figured they were similar in taste to watercress and vichyssoise came to mind. Since I experimented with substituting them in, I had a French friend tell me her sister in Provence makes vichyssoise for her with radish greens every year on her visits!

      Johanne Lamarche


  1. Radishes must be on an upswing – I’m seeing them here and there in magazines and now in this lovely soup! I didn’t plant any, but then it’s never to late to plant them, is it?


    • Radishes are one of those fast growing crops you can plant again in the late summer/early fall so you can still get in on the game! Or find a neighbor who wants to share😄 and cheat like me!

      Johanne Lamarche


      • lol!! My Dad always planted his radishes a week or two apart and kept them going in rows all summer long…it’s so much fun for kids, especially, because they can grow all kinds of them!

  2. I would like your dad! :). Is he the French connection or your mom? I always radishes are so French. My parents loved them and my mom grows them in zone 1a, proof they’ll grow anywhere!

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