With just a few ingredients, you can enjoy this vivid purple daikon salad with golden beets and boy choy. Crunchy and colorful, it’s pulled together with sesame-ginger dressing. Purple daikon is a type of radish, that like its colorful cousin, watermelon radish, is becoming more widely available.
I’m seeing purple daikon more frequently in the options list for my Misfits Market (“ugly produce”) delivery. This radish may have a dull-purple exterior, but cut it open and it will reveal a white, lavender, and purple pattern.
An introduction to purple daikon
Purple daikon not only looks good, but it tastes fantastic and has a delectable crispness. In the realm of radishes its flavor is mildly peppery, though once in a while you might get one that packs a little more heat. The skin is thin, so simply scrub it and leave it on for extra color and fiber.
This lovely radish can be used both cooked and raw, though the latter will highlight its best qualities — color and crunch. It’s easiest to simply slice it thinly, though grating it is nice, too. If the leaves are unblemished, they can be washed and used raw and cooked as well.
In addition to using purple daikon as is in salads, it can also be added at the last minute to Asian-style soups (such as miso soup) and stir-fries. Add to roasted root vegetable medleys; and pickling is a fun option as well. Learn lots more (including nutrition info) at Nature’s Produce.
- 2 to 3 medium golden beets
- 1 purple daikon radish, ends trimmed, and scrubbed
- 1 baby bok choy, sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup bottled or homemade sesame-ginger salad dressing (see link to recipe in Notes)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Microwave the beets in a lidded casserole dish, starting with 2 minutes per beet, and adding a minute thereafter until the beets can be pierced through but not overdone. Allow to cool to room temperature (expedite by plunging into ice water, if you’d like).
- When the beets have cooled, peel and dice them.
- Cut the purple daikon in half lengthwise, then slice thinly into half-circles.
- In a serving bowl, combine the daikon and beets with the remaining ingredients. Allow to stand for a few minutes, then serve.
Here is our recipe for Sesame-Ginger Salad Dressing.
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