Daikon, a Japanese radish, is a lovely and delicate winter root vegetable native to East Asia. Daikon is typically prepared in a few standard ways - pickled, simmered in soups and shredded and dried to make a snack a called kiriboshi-daikon. The sprouts are usually used in sushi dishes, and the leaves are a welcome addition in a stir-fry. Our Daikon Salad presents the radish in its purest form, adorned with a light plum sauce and a sprinkling of Nori.
The Daikon Salad has great texture and is perfectly balanced between sweet, salty and tangy. The nori flakes add an Umami depth that complements the plum sauce and adds color contrast for presentation.
Crush the nori using just your hands and add it to your salad just before serving.
Simple, colorful and packed with flavor and nutrients the salad is easy to prepare. It lends itself to a gorgeous presentation, so it'll impress for sure.
Falls in love with freshly grilled fish, grouper or mackerel.
Brings dreams of a quiet beach on Okinawa Honto.
In the spice chest sesame and scallions.
Suggestions and Alternatives
- Be sure to serve immediately as the Daikon will start to wilt if left too long.
- Plum sauce can be found in most markets, but if not you can substitute it for honey with one teaspoon of lemon juice.
- If you do not own a Japanese mandolin, just use a very sharp knife and julienne.
- You can also grate the radish, which is the most appropriate method called Daikon oroshi.
- There are several variations of Daikon radish, but the purple variety we've used is commonly found in US markets.
- For another salad with nori, try our Ahi Poke Bowl.
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- 1 white daikon radish, julienned
- 1 purple daikon radish, julienned
- 2 tablespoons plum sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon nori, crushed
- 1 scallion, julienned
- Using a Japanese mandolin set blade level to 1/4 inch. thickness.
- Peel both white and purple daikon. Grate them using a box grater and keep them separate.
- Place grated white and purple Daikon on paper towels, then set aside
- Slice purple Daikon into rounds using a Japanese mandolin and arrange around bowl.
- In a small bowl add plum sauce, sesame oil and Kosher salt.
- Whisk until completely incorporated. set aside.
- Add grated daikon to bowl and fold until incorporated.
- Crumble 1/2 sheet of nori until dusted and sprinkle over salad.
- Julienne scallion on a bias and add to salad.
I don't have any of these ingredients so will have to see if I can find a store that might have what I need. Looks light and refreshing and different from any salad I have ever made.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I MUST try this recipe! I love radishes in any form, so I think this could be super yummy. Thank you for another great recipe!
Dawn McAlexander says
I have never met a salad that I didn't like. This one is a new one to me, but I would love to try it. It looks so delicious!
Kelly Hutchinson says
I have never had daikon, but this recipe has me curious. The salad is just beautiful.
Jennifer Van Huss says
What a beautiful meal! I have never heard of winter radishes before! They add a lovely colour to your salad!
This looks so tasty. I've never tried a daikon salad, but I am a huge fan of radishes, so it sounds like something I might enjoy.
Joely Smith says
This recipe has me like AHHHH YESSS! I LOVE Asian food and I have been wanting to experiment more so this goes on my menu planning for sure! Thank you!!
That looks yummy and refreshing. I love the Japanese Daikon and mixing it with plum sauce sounds like a fantastic combo.
I have never had a Daikon Salad before but must tell you that this looks like a work of art! I am all about light and fresh salads in the summer because it is so darn hot.
This looks like a colorful salad. I haven't ever had Daikon salad before and I might have to give it a try this summer.
Oyinkan Ogunleye says
This salad looks amazing and it also looks like it's needed to get rid of that winter gut for the summer.
This sounds so delicious! I love the amazing colors, too. I'm always trying new salads and things during the summer - this one is definitely on my list!
I've never tried plum sauce in my salad! This sounds delicious, would love to give this a try.
Marielle Altenor says
That looks fresh and delicious. The kind of salad you would eat on a warm summer day.
This looks delicious! There's really nothing better than colorful food haha! Looks so good, I cannot wait to try it out!
Victoria heckstall says
It looks good and healthy. So fresh look also. I love this. I would love to taste it. Yummy!
This salad is just pretty!! I have never tried a Japanese Radish before but I would love to!!
Shannon Gurnee says
I love radishes and this salad sounds delicious! I will definitely have to try this out!
Chanel | Cultural Xplorer says
This Daikon Salad looks delicious! Makes me miss Japan!