For an easy daikon radish recipe, look no further than this Purple Radish Salad! Sweet carrots, green onions, and a honey sesame dressing complement zesty radishes in this 10 minute vegetable side dish.
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Each time I have visited my local co-op over the past few weeks, the arrival of purple daikon radishes in the produce section has caught my eye. So I knew it was time to whip up a recipe that featured them!
These beautiful vegetables are, of course, a type of radish, which means they have a wonderfully crunchy texture and a spicy taste.
The zesty flavor of purple radishes is evident in this salad, but not overwhelming. That’s because I paired them with carrots and green onions, before finishing it all off with a sweet sesame dressing.
If you like radishes AND pretty, colorful food, you will LOVE this dish :-).
By the way, daikon radishes also come in white (pictured below). Purple daikons are shaped like ovals and look similar to potatoes, while white daikons resemble parsnips. Aren’t they cool-looking?
Since this is my first time featuring a daikon radish on the blog, I put together my answers to some FAQs about this unique vegetable.
How do you eat a purple daikon radish?
You can enjoy purple radishes raw or cooked. They can be shredded and used as the base for a veggie slaw, or diced and roasted with fresh herbs.
Both the skin and flesh of daikon radishes is edible (and delicious)! To prep this vegetable, first scrub and trim it, then use a sharp knife, grater, or julienne peeler to cut it.
Where to Find Daikon Radishes
Daikon radishes are native to parts of Asia but are now grown all over the world. You can purchase white and purple daikon radishes at farmers markets in the spring and fall, Whole Foods, local food co-ops, and most large grocery stores.
Purple Radish Nutrition
One cup of cooked daikon radish provides (1):
- Calories: 25
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: <1 gram
- Carbs: 5 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin C: 24% of the DV
- Potassium: 9% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Folate: 6% of the DV
As you can see, daikons are an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient that acts as an antioxidant and helps fight cellular damage from free radicals, pollutants, and toxins that can lead to disease (2).
Purple Radish Health Benefits
On top of several vitamins and minerals, radishes contain other beneficial plant compounds.
In addition, purple radishes get their color from anthocyanins, another group of antioxidants that may help protect against cancer and improve heart health (5).
That’s reason enough to try them, huh?
How to Make Purple Radish Salad
This salad is such a simple way to enjoy purple radishes. Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to make it:
- Wash and trim a daikon purple radish and a large carrot.
- Use a sharp knife or julienne peeler to slice the radish and carrot into matchsticks. Combine in a mixing bowl.
- Whisk together toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, lime juice, and garlic. Pour over the radish and carrot.
- Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
You can eat this salad right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge to let it soak up the dressing for a few hours before serving. It pairs well with fish, chicken, pork, stir fries, or veggie burgers.
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Purple Radish Salad
- 1 purple daikon radish - sliced into matchsticks
- 1 carrot - sliced into matchsticks
- 2 green onions - thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey - sub with maple syrup to make vegan
- 1 lime - juiced
- 1 clove garlic - pressed or minced
- Toasted sesame seeds - for garnish, to taste
- Wash and trim the radish and carrot. Use a sharp knife or a julienne peeler to slice the veggies into matchsticks. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the sliced green onions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, lime juice, and garlic. Pour over the salad and mix until coated.
- Serve the salad right away or after chilling it for a couple of hours in the fridge. Top with toasted sesame seeds.