This easy recipe for Daikon Salad is a delicious accompaniment to other dishes like chicken satay and pad thai.
I have a big confession to make: I’ve been eating daikon radishes for more than 10 years but only recently learned what this delicious, crunchy veggie was called.
In fact, I only learned daikon’s name by process of elimination, followed by research, after a friend asked me what it was at a restaurant … Turns out that the little salad I loved at my favorite Thai restaurant in New York was made from this root vegetable.
Thankfully, not knowing precisely what something is doesn’t mean I won’t eat it. In fact, sometimes that’s half the fun. I have wonderful friends who convinced me to try all sorts of new things. And most of the time, I ended up loving them. Except for the baby octopus … never again.
Anyway, this is about this beautiful, pearly colored radish. If you’ve never tasted a daikon radish before, then you don’t know what you are missing. It’s unlike anything else: a little sweet, crisp and with this amazing freshness to it.
Oh, I can’t say enough good things about daikon radishes. (It’s also good roasted and in stir-fries.)
Looking for a great daikon recipe? This Easy Daikon Salad is so simple and only takes a little bit of chilling before it’s ready to enjoy. And enjoy you will!
So, how did the family like it? Well, Will adores it and could eat a whole batch himself (a boy after my own heart! I could too). However, Paige wasn’t a fan and my husband wouldn’t try it. But that’s okay: more for Will and me!
Are you a daikon radish fan?
- 2 cups julienne cut daikon radish, I used my food processor to cut it
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp sweet rice wine, mirin
- OPTIONAL: crushed peanuts
- Place the daikon in a colander/mesh strainer over a bowl or the sink and sprinkle with salt. Mix well. Let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze out excess water and then rinse well with cold water. Drain.
- In a small saucepan, combine the seasoned rice vinegar, sugar and rice wine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves (this will only take a few minutes).
- Transfer the daikon to an airtight container and pour the rice vinegar mixture over. Shake or stir well to combine. Chill for 20 minutes before serving.
- This can store for up to a few days in the fridge, if it lasts that long. If desired, serve topped with crushed peanuts.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.