Daikon Salad With Sesame Dressing (Japanese Radish Recipe)

This Daikon Salad is a quick and easy recipe with a creamy sesame dressing. This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a simple and delicious way to enjoy daikon!

Looking for simple daikon dishes? Try my Pickled Daikon, Fried Daikon, and Daikon Miso Soup!

Japanese daikon salad in a bowl.

This daikon radish recipe is a perfect side dish! This delicious and easy salad features an excellent match of crunchy and juicy raw daikon with a creamy sesame dressing. The dressing’s light sweetness complements the plain daikon radish while allowing its natural flavor to shine through. Give it a try!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • The best and easiest way to enjoy the crisp and fresh Japanese daikon radish.
  • The homemade sesame dressing, with its creamy richness, complements the light taste of daikon perfectly.
  • Plus, it’s quick to prepare, taking less than 10 minutes to serve!

Daikon: Japanese Radish

Daikon, often called white radish, is a winter radish variety known for its elongated shape and crisp texture. It is a very common vegetable in Japanese and Asian cooking. Learn more in this quick guide, “How to Cook Japanese Daikon Radish.”

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Daikon Radish Recipe:

Daikon salad ingredients.
  • Daikon – Find a sturdy, weighty, and shiny daikon – preferably with its leaves attached. (Daikon leaves are edible. Check out more daikon recipes here.)
  • Sprouts add a nice green color to the salad. I choose sprouts for their easy blending with shredded daikon, but feel free to add other vibrant vegetables for added color.
  • Ground sesame seeds, mayonnaise, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil are used to make the sesame dressing. Honey can replace sugar, and alternative vinegars like white vinegar are suitable options.

How To Make Daikon Salad: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

Shred daikon.

Step 1

Prepare daikon and sprouts. Check how to shred daikon.

Daikon and sprout in a large bowl.

Step 2

Combine shredded daikon and sprout in a large mixing bowl.

Sesame dressing in a small bottle.

Step 3

Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small glass jar.

daikon salad in a bowl with sesame dressing.

Serve the daikon salad on a plate, topping it with shredded nori, and generously pour over the rich sesame dressing. Enjoy the harmonious blend of crisp, refreshing daikon and the creamy sesame dressing!

Recipe Tips

  • Daikon has different tastes depending on the part you use. For a salad, opt for the top or middle portion of the root for a milder flavor and juicy texture, as the bottom part of the daikon tends to be more peppery.
  • Although the outer skin is edible, it’s a bit tough, so peeling is recommended for this recipe.
  • For the best flavor, add the dressing to the salad just before serving to prevent the daikon from releasing excess water.
  • Once the dressing is well-blended, check the taste, and feel free to tweak it to your liking by adding extra soy sauce, sugar, or mayonnaise.
  • Customize your salad by adding a variety of vegetables like lettuce, baby leaf, mizuna, shiso leaves, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, and corn.

Storage

Store the salad in an airtight container in the fridge. Note that daikon tends to dry out after cutting, so try to consume it within two days. For a more extended storage option, freezing is the best choice. Drain the salad well, place it in a freezer bag, and store it in the freezer for up to a month.

Dressing Variations

Are you looking for additional dressing varieties? If yes, here are some delightful dressing ideas to elevate your daikon salad.

  • Soy Sauce Dressing – Soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, sesame oil
  • Miso Dressing Miso paste, honey, olive oil, vinegar
  • Ume Dressing – Umeboshi (pickled plum), ponzu, sesame oil
  • Spicy Mayo Dressing – Sweet chili sauce, black pepper, mayonnaise, salt
  • Creamy Dressing – Mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, kosher salt

What To Serve With

To complement this refreshing daikon salad, I recommend serving it with vegetable yakisoba, tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet), eggplant teriyaki, and napa cabbage soup.

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Japanese Daikon Salad with Sesame Dressing

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Prep: 7 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
This Daikon Salad is a quick and easy recipe with a creamy sesame dressing. This recipe is perfect if you're looking for a simple and delicious way to enjoy daikon!

Equipment

  • 1 Small glass jar for the dressing (80ml)

Ingredients

  • Daikon, 400g
  • 1 pack of Sprouts, 50g
  • Shredded Nori for topping

Sesame Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp Ground Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil

Instructions

  • Prepare Ingredients: Peel the daikon and shred it. Remove the roots from the sprouts. Combine both in a large bowl.
  • Make Sesame Dressing: Put all the dressing ingredients, ground sesame seeds, mayonnaise, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a small bottle. Seal it tightly, then give it a good shake to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Serve: Arrange the daikon and sprout on a plate and sprinkle shredded nori generously over the salad. Serve with the dressing.

Video

Notes

  • Storage: Store the salad in an airtight container in the fridge for two days. For more extended storage, freeze it in a bag for up to a month.
  • For the best flavor, add the dressing to the salad just before serving to prevent the daikon from releasing excess water.
  • Customize your salad by adding a variety of vegetables like lettuce, baby leaf, mizuna, shiso leaves, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, and corn.
  • Once the dressing is well-blended, check the taste, and feel free to tweak it to your liking by adding extra soy sauce, sugar, or mayonnaise.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.2g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 8.3g | Cholesterol: 2.9mg | Sodium: 153mg | Sugar: 3.9g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Daikon salad, sesame dressing
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  1. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I used a mandolin and it turned out perfect. Loved the dressing. Definitely making this again

      1. 5 stars
        Love this recipe, great you recommended a few other veg. Unforts no sesame seeds or oil ☹️ had to use 2 tea spoons of chunky peanut butter and a bit of olive oil in place. Still tasted delicious!