Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip

radish dip with fresh radishes

Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip ~ two of spring’s freshest ingredients come together in this crunchy, creamy, irresistible dip! Make it skinny with veggie sticks, or pair it up with pita chips or a grilled baguette.

Creamy green onion and radish dip in a white bowl

Radish dip? Not convinced?

Imagine your favorite creamy onion dip livened up with the peppery crunch of spring radishes. You just can’t go wrong with that sour cream and onion flavor vibe, and the radishes help keep this dip feeling light and fresh, which I love. Oh, and by the way, there’s no cooking of any kind involved ~ mix 6 simple ingredients together and you’re done!

A bunch of fresh red spring radishes on a cutting board with a knife

We’re all itching to get back to some form of normal, and bringing the appetizer hour outside is a good start. But let’s face it, we need to give hummus a rest; it’s fabulous, but we’ve been there, and it’s time to branch out and try something new.

A bowl of fresh spring radishes

Radish 101 ~

Radishes are usually an afterthought ~ a few slices used as a garnish here and there. But they deserve more. The first time I tried the classic French appetizer of radishes served with butter and salt, I realized I’d been underestimating the humble radish for too long. Radishes are at their very best this time of year, and this recipe makes the most of them.

  • Radishes are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They’re a low carb and low calorie veg.
  • Look for radishes that have fresh greens attached. The greens are edible too, you can use them in salads or sauté them.
  • Wash radishes well, they tend to be gritty because they’re a root vegetable that grows under ground.
  • There are lots of varieties of radish, but the type you’re likely to see at your grocery store are the small round red spring radishes, like the ones I’ve used in this recipe.
  • Radishes can be eaten raw, pickled, roasted, or sautéed.
Radish dip in a bowl sprinkled with green onion

This recipe easily uses up a whole bunch of little round radishes, so it’s a great recipe if you’ve got loads of them coming out of your garden or busting out of your CSA box. Green onions are the perfect match, though chives, dill, or tarragon would also work well, just make sure to use fresh herbs for the best flavor.

The freshest, most vibrant radishes will come from your farmers market or local CSA

Locate your nearest market or CSA (community supported agriculture) using this handy locator tool from Local Harvest. Just type in your zip code and find great resources for local produce, which is always best.

Creamy radish dip in a white bowl with fresh radishes

Make a meal of it ~

We made a dinner out of this dip (one of my favorite things to do) by pairing it with a simple freshly baked, chewy focaccia and a big salad. The creaminess of this dip makes it satisfying enough for a meal in my book. Any kind of bread or crackers would be great, or try serving it with crunchy crudités.

Radish dip in a bowl with focaccia bread

More recipes to highlight our favorite late spring produce ~

radish dip with fresh radishes
5 from 10 votes

Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip

Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip ~ two of spring's freshest ingredients come together in this crunchy, creamy, irresistible appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • mandoline slicer (optional but helpful)


  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups radishes, very thinly sliced. You can use a mandoline slicer for this because it slices the radishes paper thin, but a sharp knife will work fine.
  • 1/2 cup green onion, trimmed and thinly chopped. Use the white and green parts.
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Reserve a little of the sliced green onion for a garnish.
  • Chill until ready to serve, sprinkle with extra green onion and black pepper. Serve with crackers, chips, bread, or vegetable crudité.

Cook’s notes

You can substitute unflavored yogurt for some for some of the sour cream and/or mayo in this recipe if you need to cut the fat.  
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    June 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious! I will make it very soon ~ Thanks Sue!

  • Reply
    June 4, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    5 stars
    I love this dish. It reminds me of a recipe from Eastern Europe which also uses radishes.on fresh baked rye crackers or bread I think this about as good a flavor as can be. Thanks

  • Reply
    June 4, 2020 at 10:37 am

    5 stars
    I used all whole milk yougart, some lemon juice, garlic, in other words, wants around and your imagination

    • Reply
      June 4, 2020 at 11:56 am

      I’m glad to hear you loved the yogurt version Gerry 🙂

  • Reply
    Young Paciello
    June 4, 2020 at 9:35 am

    5 stars
    Hey Sue, been following for a while and love that you know the taste of French radishes(I grew up in France and used to eat them with a fresh crunchy baguette and lots of fresh butter!)
    I make a dip starting with Alouette, then mix in a little mayo and sour cream in food processor. Eat it with fried wonton skins. Let me know what you think!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2020 at 11:57 am

      I’ll definitely try your dip Young, especially with those wonton skins, they’re such fun to fry up.

    • Reply
      June 4, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      What is Alouette please?

      • Reply
        June 5, 2020 at 5:20 am

        It’s a garlic and herb flavored soft cheese, sort of like Boursin, Mary.

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