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Venison with Spring Salad and Roast Radishes

Venison with Spring Salad and Roast Radishes

A drool-worthy seared venison backstrap recipe featuring fresh garden veggies

The coming of spring calls for a walk. When green shoots or mushrooms begin to emerge, I start feeling inspired to forage. And foraged finds pair beautifully with venison.

If you’re looking to learn more about foraging, I recommend picking up some well-known foraging books. The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora: Recipes and Techniques for Edible Plants from Garden, Field, and Forest by Alan Bergo is a great one that introduces recipes for foraged plants and teaches you about some unfamiliar harvest tips and tricks. Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisine by Marie Viljoen is another great one. Inside, the author incorporates wild ingredients into everyday menus and special-occasion fare. She includes recipes from mixed drinks to main courses to even desserts. Either book is bound to inspire some new wild meals in your kitchen.

This recipe starts with halved radishes and spring mushrooms, roast cut-side down in butter & miso. They’re savory but slightly sweet. They balance the peppery bitterness of freshly foraged spring greens dressed in a tangy yogurt-tahini sauce. Add a perfectly seared loin of venison and you’ve got a spring meal fit for royalty, but available to all.

Spring Salad with Venison & Roast Radishes

Celebrate spring with this fresh salad topped with deliciously seared venison loin
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 lb venison loin
  • 2 lb radishes with greens, root ends trimmed, and halved lengthwise
  • 8 cups greens reserved
  • ¼ cup white miso paste
  • ¼ cup yogurt plain
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon zest plus juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  • At least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours before cooking, take a whole venison loin out of the refrigerator and salt liberally
  • Heat a well-oiled cast-iron skillet to smoking. Pat your loin dry, pepper, and place in your pan until well-browned on all sides.
  • When internal temp reaches 120 F, remove, tent with foil, and allow to rest
  • Toss halved radishes with melted butter, miso, honey, and a pinch of salt
  • Arrange radishes cut-side-down on a sheet-pan and roast in a 500 degree oven until tender and and caramelized, about 15 minutes
  • Whisk together yogurt, tahini, lemon zest and 1 tbsp juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Reserve 3/4 of this mixture for plating. With the remaining mixture, add 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 2 tbsp water. Whisk to combine.
  • To plate: smear the yogurt-tahini sauce across your plate. Dress greens and cover with radishes. Slice venison loin into 1/2 inch medallions and arrange across the salad. Enjoy!
Keyword Venison
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