Daikon radish salad with bean sprouts (moyashi) and spinach is a tasty way to get some more vegetables in your diet. The salad’s primary seasoning is made up of the magic combination of soy sauce, sesame seeds, vinegar, and sesame oil. Overall, the flavors are savory and the salad has plenty of interesting textures thanks to the blanched sprouts, radish, and spinach. Have you made anything like this yet? 😛
The super versatile Daikon Radish （大根）
Did you know that there are many ways to eat daikon radish?
With daikon radish you can:
- stew it
- saute or fry it
- pickle it
- grate it (for fish, meat or dressing)
- put it in soup
- or put it in a salad! (like the one we’re making today!)
This salad’s one of my favorite ways to eat this thick little root!
And this isn’t just any ordinary salad…
It’s mostly daikon and moyashi or bean sprouts with a little bit of spinach mixed in.
The dressing is similar to goma-ae (胡麻和えーsesame soy sauce dressing).
If you’ve made goma-ae before, you’ll understand the delicate balance of sweet and savory flavors it’s known for.
If you haven’t, here’s a good starter – Moyashi Goma-ae (mung bean sprouts with sweet sesame soy)
The dressing used for this salad takes that goma-ae like flavor and adds garlic, sesame oil, and vinegar for more depth and complexity.
Just thinking about it, it’s like goma-ae on steroids.
Or you could just call it what it is and not compare the two.
How about it?
Are you sold yet?
Well, if not maybe watch this video and see how easy it is to make!
Some tips – Daikon Radish Salad（大根サラダ）
There’s a couple things I wanted to tell you to ensure a delicious outcome of this salad
- Blanch your vegetables in boiling water no more than 2 minutes. If it’s your first time trying this technique, do a quick texture test by pulling out a piece of daikon or bean sprout. It should have some bite or a little crunch, if you can easily bite through, you’ve overcooked them!
- Squeeze out excess water. If you don’t squeeze it out, it’ll dilute your dressing. Boo hoo! ☝
- Toast your sesame seeds for extra flavor
- Double or triple the recipe as it tastes just as good the next day!
- If you want a spicy kick you could add some ichimi or shichimi pepper in too
- Use leftover daikon for some of my other Japanese recipes linked below!
Not sure what to serve it with?
Could go well with any Japanese themed meal….
but if you want a specific suggestion how about this –
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In case you missed them, here are some of my other favorite ways to eat daikon radish –
Simmered Daikon Radish with Dashi Broth – Daikon Nimono coming soon!