Daikon Salad [Japanese Radish with Plum Sauce]

A meditation on a plate - delicate, simple and radiating wholeness.

Daikon Salad and Scallions

Daikon Salad

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.

Daikon Salad Overhead

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.

Daikon Salad with Nori

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.

Daikon Salad

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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Daikon Salad and Scallions
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Daikon Salad

Japanese Daikon Salad with sesame oil and plum sauce

Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 50 kcal


Japanese Daikon Salad

  • 1 whole daikon fresh
  • 1 whole purple daikon fresh
  • 2 tbs. plum sauce quality
  • 1/2 tbs. sesame oil quality
  • 1 teaspoon. Kosher salt
  • 2 tbs. nori quality
  • 1 scallion fresh


Instructions for Japanese daikon salad

  1. Using a Japanese mandolin set blade level to 1/4 inch.

  2. Peel both white and purple Daikon. shred using a box grater and keep them separate.

  3. Wrap each pile of shredded white and purple Daikon in damp paper towels, then set aside

  4. Slice purple Daikon into rounds using a Japanese mandolin and arrange around a bowl.

  5. in a small bowl add plum sauce, sesame oil, Kosher salt

  6. whisk until completely incorporated. set aside

  7. Add both grated Daikon to bowl and dress

  8. crumble one sheet of sushi nori until dusted and sprinkle over salad

  9. julienne scallion on a bias and add to top of salad


  1. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    What a beautiful meal! I have never heard of winter radishes before! They add a lovely colour to your salad!

  3. 4 stars
    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. This looks delicious! There’s really nothing better than colorful food haha! Looks so good, I cannot wait to try it out!

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