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Steak and Watermelon Radish Sandwiches

A watermelon radish is, on first glance, a plain greenish-white root. But slice it open and it reveals a stunning fuchsia interior. They're also known as red-meat or beauty-heart radishes, and you can find seeds at Kitazawa Seed Company (kitazawaseed.com). For this sandwich, we took a a classic combination--radishes and butter--and paired them with steak for a juicy, crunchy sandwich.

Sunset FEBRUARY 2012

  • Yield: Makes 4
  • Total: 40 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 4 ounces butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives
  • 8 slices caraway rye bread
  • Baby arugula leaves
  • 2 watermelon radishes, peeled and thinly sliced


1. Put oil, garlic, and steak in a medium bowl and turn to coat. Let marinate 20 minutes at room temperature. Mix together butter and chives; set aside.

2. Prepare grill for high heat (450° to 550°). Grill meat, turning once, until grill marks appear and meat is cooked the way you like, 8 minutes for medium rare. Cover with foil and let rest 10 minutes, then slice thinly across the grain.

3. Spread one side of bread slices with butter mixture. Layer 4 slices with arugula, some sliced steak, and slices of radish. Top with remaining bread slices.


Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 528
  • Calories from fat: 56%
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fat: 34g
  • Saturated fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrate: 28g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Cholesterol: 99mg

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Steak and Watermelon Radish Sandwiches Recipe