Namasu Carrot and Daikon Radish Salad

Namasu Carrot and Daikon Radish Salad

  • Serves 1-2
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Welcome in the New Year with classic Japanese New Year delicacies, such as this Kohaku Namasu carrot and daikon salad. Also known simply as 'Namasu', this tasty side salad consists of shredded daikon mooli radish and carrot pickled in a sweetened vinegar dressing. The name 'Kohaku' translates to mean 'red and white', which are Japan's colours of celebration, as well as the colours of this dish.


1/3 daikon raddish
1/2 carrot
30g sakiika dried squid jerky (optional)

amazu dressing:
4 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
2/3 tsp salt

How To Prepare

  1. Mix all the amazu dressing ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Peel the daikon and carrot. Using a spiraliser or mandolin, cut the daikon and carrots into thin strips or julienne by hand. Sprinkle some salt over the sliced vegetables. Leave for 10-15 minutes to help them soften.
  3. Squeeze out any excess water from the vegetables and mix together with the dressing in a bowl. Add thinly sliced dried squid jerky if you would like a little more meat to the dish.
  4. Put in the fridge to chill. Serve with other osechi dishes on New Years.