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109 Things To Do With Horseradish


I'll start by saying that I don't actually have 109 things to do with horseradish, but I'm working on it. It is one of those foods that is so good for us, but with its strong flavour and the fact that if you eat too much at one time your head will feel like it's imploding, makes it tricky to incorporate into the diet.

Let's first start with the obvious fact, horseradish root in its whole form will make you giggle when you look at it. This is what it looks like.

Horseradish RootHave you heard of the doctrine of signatures? It's when foods look like the parts of the body they are good for. Walnuts look like brains and their fat is super brain fuel. Tomatoes have four chambers like the heart. And horseradish is a super food to help increase circulation, including to the extremities. There are additional health benefits outlined below.

Health Benefits of Horseradish

  • Beneficial in dissolving mucus in the nose and also helpful in sinus. That killer feeling when you eat too much at once apparently decreases as your mucous levels reduce.
  • Horseradish contains glucosinolates, a compound in the root that is thought to increase human resistance to cancer. It is said also that glucosinates increase the liver's ability to detoxify and eliminate carcinogens that may cause malignant tumors.
  • Horseradish has exceptionally high vitamin C content. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can repair damaged cells.
  • Horseradish has antibiotic properties that can help cure urinary tract infections and kill bacteria in the throat.
  • Horseradish is often used as a diuretic and can help treat kidney stones and edema.
  • Horseradish stimulates the appetite.
  • Horseradish can help cure toothaches.

Though horseradish sauce can be purchased ready made in most grocery stores, often when you buy it, it is full of white vinegar and sugar and dyes. I colour mine with beets, add a little cider vinegar and call it a day.

As I continue to build my list to 109 (and if you have a great one, post in the comments below and I will add to the list) here are my favourite uses:

  1. Use with sushi instead of traditional wasabi.
  2. Add to your hummus (recipe below) or guacamole.
  3. Use in a sandwich or wrap for a little extra zing.
  4. Add about a teaspoon to your salad dressing, again - zing!
  5. Slice tomatoes thin, add a dollop of horseradish and some fresh chopped basil and sea salt as an appetizer.
  6. Have with scrambled or poached eggs and salsa.
  7. Add a small amount per bite the next time you enjoy fish.
  8. Mix horseradish in with your homemade ketchup for a cocktail sauce.

And now for a couple of recipes!

Traditional Horseradish Sauce


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Your typical horseradish like you'd buy in the store, but made by you from scratch using beets to make it pink.

  • 2 cups peeled and coarsley chopped horseradish root
  • ½ cup peeled and coarsley chopped beets
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbs cider vinegar

Make It Like So
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
  3. Will keep for about 3 weeks, no problem. The potency will diminish over time.

And this next one is my current hummus obsession! I discovered this amazing flavour mix when I was in St. Lucia a couple of years ago. A brand new supermarket had opened at the North end of the island and my friend Livy and I were roaming the aisles for some real food and low and behold, we found hummus! And it had horseradish in it.

Horseradish Spiked Hummus


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Take your hummus game to the next level by adding some fresh horseradish root or a dollop of your prepared horseradish sauce.

  • 2 cups or 1 - 14 oz organic can of chickpeas
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • Water as needed for desired consistency
  • 2 Tbsp - ¼ cup horseradish sauce (all depends how strong your horseradish is and how strong you want it to be)

Make It Like So
  1. Add all ingredients except horseradish into your blender or food processor and run until smooth.
  2. Add water as needed for desired thickness.
  3. Transfer to bowl and mix in horseradish sauce. Keep tasting as you mix until you get just the right balance for you.
  4. If you still want some zing, cayenne should do the trick!
  5. Store airtight in the fridge.

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59 Responses to “109 Things To Do With Horseradish”

  1. Nichole said…
    Meghan, I just wanted to pop in and say "Thank you!" I love horseradish and its' cousin, wasabi, but only knew of limited uses for these two awesome roots. Your blog has opened me up to many new and interesting ideas of what to do with this delicious sauce (I make mine fresh-stronger ;-) ) Anyway, thank you again. You're an awesome gal.
  2. TxTonya said…
    I like to mix horseradish with sour cream and add dollop on my roast beef, lamb kebabs in a pita, on my burgers or mix with my beef stroganoff.
  3. Angela said… May 23, 2020
    I grate fresh horseradish and mix it with double cream and a dash of caster sugar. Yum yum with any of your recipes. Doesn’t store; loses potency quickly. Volatile.
  4. Kayleigh Bolitho said… September 13, 2020
    I enjoy horseradish on bratwurst.
  5. Leslie Trail said… October 15, 2020
    I have a lot of horseradish growing on the property. I dehydrated and ground some up and I love to use that in any Slaw and I add it to salad dressings. I have added it fresh to Waldorf salad, Yum! I still have tons and so I'm always on the lookout for more ways to use it. PS Horseradish greens in the spring are wonderful, not very bitter and just a hind of horseradish!
  6. Sonja Gamby said… January 6, 2021
    I came here looking for what to do with all of my excess horseradish. I bought it to make Fire Cider which is said to be an excellent tonic.
  7. Carol said… January 19, 2021
    I have 2 large horseradish plants and always eat the leaves in the spring. They are great in salads and on sandwiches. I cut up the root and make sauce and often throw in small pieces in beef stew or quinoa.
  8. Gene said… March 8, 2021
    I love to add a dollop of horseradish to my tuna salad. In making my last Beef stew I added red wine and Horseradish. Made the gravy extra tasty and it glistened, but without actually tasting the horseradish or sting.
  9. Gene said… March 8, 2021
    Love the site. Thank you for sharing these tips

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