Daikon radish, onion and garlic salad

| December 5, 2015 | 11 Replies

Simple but bold this combination of daikon radish, onion, and garlic makes a prime salad or side dish for your Christmas dinner without stress!

daikon radish, onion and garlic salad

Daikon radish brings a peppery subtle taste to the salad and it is wisely to prepare it overnight, because it is marinated longer with the other ingredients.

daikon radish, onion and garlic salad

Red chili is used here in moderation in order to give this extra hint of heat you need, but at the same time it brings in mind the red detail of Christmas when combined with the white of the daikon radish. If you are on the chili side, feel free to increase the suggested portion to a whole red chili. Got to mention though that chili is controversial between paleo community. A group of people believe it is not included on the paleo food lisk, yet on the other hand there are people who follow this diet yet eat chili.

Salt is not the enemy here. Even though it looks like we added a plenty amount, the salt will be dissolved with daikon’s liquids (water) and later on will be drained. The idea of salt here is to cook the daikon without actually cooking it. We aim here to achieve both a tender, yet have the feeling of chrunchy texture. Nevertheles if you think it is not necessary to use, feel free to leave it out!

Serves: 2-3


  • 250g daikon radish,grated daikon radish, onion and garlic salad
  • 2,5g celtic salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, thinly diced
  • 1/2 fresh red chili, thinly diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1-2 parsley leaves (for garnish)


Place the daikon sticks in a medium bowl, season generously with salt and toss. Refrigerate the bowl.

In the meantime heat a skillet over medium high heat. Pour the olive oil.

Add the onions and cook until just tender (approximately 5 minutes).

Turn the heat off, but don’t remove from the stove! Then add the garlic and red chili.

Let the skillet on stove for about 3-4 minutes. Drain excess liquid from the daikon without squeezing it.

Toss everything together along with the lemon juice and serve or preferably refrigerate overnight and serve on the next day.

Few more words about daikon: Daikon is a winter season large and mature root. The weight of the root I bought was about 750g and costed one pound (2015 price). I kept it refrigerated over one week and used it partially for different recipes included soups.  To keep it fresh and longer I wraped the area which connects the root with its leafy part with a small dump cloth and discarded most of the leaves. To tell you the truth I should have kept the leaves too. It would have been a good chance to add them in a green leafy soup, since every part of it is edible! Just don’t forget to trim the bottom and top end before cooking it…

daikon radish, onion and garlic salad

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  1. Δεν έχω ιδέα τι λαχανικό είναι αυτό αλλά ο συνδυασμός με σκόρδο μου αρέσει.. είμαι σκόρδοφίλη. Μήπως είναι ραπανάκι; Αλλά λευκό …

    • Editor says:

      Ναι είναι ένα είδος ραπανάκι, τεραστίων διαστάσεων! Και από γεύση… σκίζει!

  2. Maria Lg says:

    είναι λίγος καιρός που δοκίμασα αυτό το ρεπανάκι από περιέργεια και τελικά, από τότε το αγοράζω τακτικά. Είναι γευστικό, δροσερό και οικονομικό, γιατί όπως αναφέρεται στο σχόλιο και βλέπουμε στη φωτογραφία, το χρησιμοποιούμε δύο τουλάχιστον φορές.
    Σας το προτείνω τριμμένο στον τρίφτη του κρεμμυδιού, με ψιλοκομμένα: λάχανο – καρότο – σέλινο – σκόρδο – πιπεριά φλωρίνης – αλατοπίπερο – ελαιόλαδο – λεμόνι ή μηλόξυδο.

  3. Lovely salad! It looks fresh and crunchy!

  4. Shihoko says:

    I love Dikon! I am Japanese and used to eat Daikon a lot( I live in Australia now). We use Daikon for many dishes. Thank you for sharing your great salad recipe <3.

    • Editor says:

      Oh great! Nice to hear about it.., I am interesting in using daikon more often. Yesterday, I made a vegetarian-low carb souffle and added it! The taste was really interesting…

  5. I love daikon radish but do not cook with it nearly enough. Love the idea of this salad and can’t wait to try it! Yum!

  6. I’m crazy about daikon. The way you made this salad looks so festive!

  7. Daikon is such a great salad ingredient with real crunch. Nice looking salad.

  8. It’s nice to see daikon in a salad. I am still learning and discovering how to eat this vegetable.

  9. Teresa says:

    looking at the pictures I’d never tell it’s radish 🙂 I love the simplicity and taste combination in this salad!

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