Daikon salad is an excellent pallet cleanser and adds a slight peppery taste, making it the perfect spring and summer salad.
When I made homemade Kimchi, I was first introduced to Daikon radish, which means “big root” in Japanese.
At that point, I had never tried a daikon radish before, so I guessed it would have a profound spicy flavour.
I was wrong, as a daikon radish is the opposite of the red radish we buy at the grocery store.
You’ll find the red radish with a high flavour profile and the Daikon with a low flavour of Daikon radish.
Just the other day, I thought that I bet if I boiled a cubed daikon radish until tender, it would make a delicious keto mashed potato.
The mashed Daikon with gravy recipe idea is next on my list, and if it works, that will make Mrs. CBB happy.
Today I’m taking you on a journey to make a delicious crunchy Japanese Daikon Salad.
It has hints of fresh ginger, garlic, sweet red bell pepper, sesame oil, and optional bocconcini balls.
What Is A Daikon Radish?
Daikon radish is a Japanese white radish with a light peppery taste but nothing as strong as a red radish.
Before eating a daikon radish, you need to peel the outer layer off precisely as you would with a potato.
Other names you may find a daikon radish at the market or Canadian grocery store might be any of these.
Typically we buy ours from Food Basics, but I found them at Zehrs wrapped in plastic wrap with the other vegetables.
Naturally grown in South Asia and now across the globe, daikon radish is becoming a favourite.
Other Names For A Japanese Daikon Radish
- Japanese Radish
- White Radish
- Winter Radish
- Oriental Radish
- Long White Radish
- báiluóbo (Chinese white radish)
You can learn more about the Daikon Radish here.
Common Daikon Radish Questions
Below are some of the questions Mrs. CBB and I wanted to find out. Now I can answer the questions for all of you.
Can you eat Daikon raw?
Once you take the peeling off, you sure can, similar to a potato but not as thick.
What does daikon radish taste?
Daikon radish is super crunchy with a light peppery flavour and nothing like a red radish.
What is the difference between a red radish and a daikon?
The shape and colour are both differences between the white and red radish.
There is a distinct shape for the red radish, small and round, whereas the white is long and chunky.
The overall main difference is the flavour, and not even close to the red radish.
How long will a daikon radish last in the refrigerator?
I’ve kept Daikon in the fridge for a minimum of a few days as they compare to a potato that gets wrinkly.
Can daikon radish make you poop?
The daikon radish can make you poop as it has an explosive device inside.
If you are unsure whether to eat a daikon white radish, ask your doctor.
How To Make A Daikon Radish Salad
- Half of a large daikon radish peeled and cut into Julienne strips is part of French cooking and means to cut into strips. Related: How to Cut Julienne Strips
- In a large bowl, add the strips of daikon radish.
- Wash and remove the seeds from sweet red bell pepper (use only half)
- Julienne the sweet red bell pepper and add it to a large bowl with the daikon radish
How To Make Japanese Daikon Salad Dressing
- In a small mason jar or small bowl, add 1/4 tsp of Pink Himalayan salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of Avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
- 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
- Finely slice 1/4 cup of red onion
- Peel and chop 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon of dry parsley to garnish on top of the daikon salad
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds (I toast them in the oven at 300 for 5 minutes, then cool)
- Shake the jar until all of the ingredients come together.
- Test the salad dressing to ensure it captures all of the flavours equally.
- Add more salt, pepper or apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar if needed.
- Serve as a side with a beautifully grilled steak, pork chops, burger or salmon.
How To Prepare and Pair Daikon Salad
It’s that easy to make a daikon salad that you can refrigerate until your guests arrive.
Eat the daikon salad in three days, but toss it in if you have an open jar of Kimchi.
Daikon is mostly water and very low in food energy. A 100 gram serving contains 76 calories. Daikon also contains the active enzyme myrosinase. Daikon also contains the active enzyme myrosinase.[citation Wikipedia
I do it with leftover cucumber slices or vegetables, so there is no food waste.
If red pepper is not your cuppa tea, please use purple, yellow or green bell peppers or leave them out.
I added Italian mini bocconcini cheese balls for the second daikon salad that I made.
I also added tuna salad on the side with the daikon salad, which didn’t disappoint.
The cost of Daikon will range based on the size as the cashier weighs them.
Generally, we spend $2-3 dollars for large Daikon, which you can find with the international vegetables at the grocery store.
What Foods To Pair a Daikon Salad With
Below are some Daikon Salad Ideas to add protein to make it a meal.
- Add tuna or salmon salad
- Finely sliced sweet apple or pear
- Sliced or grated carrots go well with daikon radish
- Virtually any smoked, oven-baked or BBQ grilled protein
- On the side of a meal as a pallet cleanser
- Top with grated Italian Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (Do not use shaker cans or pre-grated cheese)
- Hard-boiled egg cut in half or egg salad
- Chopped Bacon
Printable Recipe For Daikon Salad
Discussion: What would you pair with your daikon salad? Please leave me your response below in the comment section.
Let’s get to the printable version of the recipe that feeds 4 to 6 people.
The ingredients are all keto-friendly, low-carb and vegetarian.