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Honey Topped French Breakfast Radish Tartines

Radis Petit Déjeuner – French Breakfast Radishes

A Tartine Healthy Twist on a Typical French Breakfast

French Breakfast can be rather boring. A toasted baguette slice with butter and jam, usually called a tartine is the normal French petit déjeuner. Served with a black coffee or café au lait.  As part of The Recipe ReDux challenge dietitians take a recipe idea and make it healthier while still keeping the important part: TASTE. This month’s theme is breakfast, including breakfast sandwiches.  It is a great start for the new year, and why not offer a creative touch to the typical French breakfast sandwich, La Tartine?  Why not offer a topping that is not only healthy and tastes good but also pushes a real healthy start for the day?  In doing research for ideas it hit me: “Ah oui! Les radis petit déjeuner!” (Yes, Breakfast Radishes!).

French Radishes called “Breakfast Radishes”

Health Benefits of Radishes

Radishes for their small size pack a lot of punch.  In a half a cup serving, radishes contain 14% of Vitamin C requirements for the day.  They are known for their detox properties, helping the liver and gallbladder, urinary and kidney function.  They help clear congestion during a cold, and are high in fiber and low in calories.  A great start of the day to get your body’s functions moving in the right direction.

Honey Topped Breakfast Radish Tartines

Here is the recipe for Honey Topped French Breakfast Radish Tartines.  Bon Appetit!

Honey Topped French Breakfast Radish Tartines

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Meal type Breakfast
Region French
Sweet honey radish tartines are a delicious and healthy alternative to the typical French breakfast tartines.


  • 1-2 medium slice Rye or Pumpernickel Bread
  • 1-2 tablespoon Fromage Frais or Greek Yogurt
  • 5 Mild Flavored Radishes such as French Breakfast Radishes, sliced thin (Milder tasting radishes are best for these breakfast tartines.)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey (Best if the honey was slightly runny in order to top the tartine properly.)


French Breakfast Radishes are well known in France for their year round availability and mild taste. They are a perfect topping for this breakfast tartine. Don't be weary of the potential strong flavor of this breakfast sandwich. It is a wonderful combination of slight tartness and texture, soft cheesy feel and sweet honey.  High health benefits of radishes are abundant and are a great addition to the breakfast tray!


Step 1
Spread carefully the fromage frais or greek yogurt completely onto the bread.
Step 2
Add the sliced radishes to the fromage frais or greek yogurt.
Step 3
Drizzle the honey on top of the tartine from top to bottom.
Step 4
If the bread is a large slice, cut in half and serve.

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24 Responses to Honey Topped French Breakfast Radish Tartines

  1. Monika Woolsey March 26, 2012 at 00:33 #

    We get these pretty regularly with our shares and whenever we do, everyone starts talking about how good they are with butter. Was so excited this past week when I got then inventory list for the DH hare and this recipe on the same day. I included it in our recipe packet for our 150 customers! Thanks for the healthy twist! Just bought the rest of the ingredients so I can try it myself!

    • mbrighton March 26, 2012 at 10:42 #

      Hi Monika, Wow! Wonderful to use this radish recipe in the packet. What is DH hare? Let me know how you like the breakfast radish tartines. If you use the French radishes (less strong than regular radishes) this is super yum.

  2. Serena January 23, 2012 at 17:36 #

    Ahh, what a lovely day it would be to start out with a French (healthy!) breakfast! Thanks for Reduxing with us!

    • mbrighton January 24, 2012 at 15:53 #

      Very happy to be part of the Reduxing team!

  3. Emma Stirling January 23, 2012 at 03:59 #

    Mary, how pretty! I love radishes too and used them in my last redux post in the Fattoush salad. I must ask my green grocer about this milder variety…with the elongated shape. I adore your little slices of France each month (pardon the pun). Emma

    • mbrighton January 23, 2012 at 10:11 #

      Hi Emma! J’adore your comment! Oui, ask your grocer about the milder radishes. A strong radish would be too hard to swallow for breakfast! (although why not for lunch?). I love the combination of different flavors and textures in a dish:crispy and soft, sweet and salty, etc… This tartine has that. Take care over there and I also adore your recipes!

  4. EA-The Spicy RD January 22, 2012 at 18:52 #

    What a creative idea! I used to love rdishes as a kid, but don’t eat them much anymore. Definitely going to give this a try!

  5. Alex January 21, 2012 at 21:44 #

    I am learning so many fun combinations from this challenge. I eat salted radishes as a snack but like the idea of putting them on toast. Great recipe!

    • mbrighton January 21, 2012 at 22:04 #

      Hi Alex, thanks! Promise to try this one…it is yummy!

  6. Liz Marr, MS, RD January 21, 2012 at 17:26 #

    What an interesting combination – radishes for breakfast sounds so refreshing. Fun!

    • mbrighton January 21, 2012 at 21:44 #

      Hi Liz, I know it sounds like a bizarre combination, but it really tastes good!

  7. Janel January 21, 2012 at 16:23 #

    Hmm, I had never even heard of french breakfast radishes! I never eat radishes, though I enjoy them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • mbrighton January 21, 2012 at 21:47 #

      Bonjour Janel, French Breakfast Radishes are a type of radish found all over France. Funny thing is, the French don’t eat them for breakfast, but as a aperitif or snack. Try it on this open sandwich, very good.

  8. gretchen January 21, 2012 at 15:43 #

    salted radishes are one of my favorite snacks! i love the flavor combo of your breakfast… sounds light and delightful.

    • mbrighton January 21, 2012 at 21:58 #

      Hi Gretchen, Thanks for your comment! You may also like sliced radishes on a toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon! A Sunday treat with a great cup of coffee.


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