Easy watermelon radish salad with apples and parsley is vivid-hued and features this crisp vegetable with sweet, juicy fruit. The result is a refreshing side salad recipe that goes with many types of meals.
A food processor fitted with the grating blade makes quick work of the prep, but if you don’t own one, you can use a box grater (admittedly more work). Or, feel free to cut the watermelon radish and apple into small matchsticks by hand.
What is watermelon radish?
In short, it’s an heirloom daikon radish. Despite its name, this root vegetable has nothing to do with watermelon, but rather, they’re an heirloom variety of daikon radish.
A bit peppery, a tad sweet, watermelon radishes look unassuming from the outside, but once you cut them open, they reveal their gorgeous pink interior hue.
Find lots more ways to use this intriguing vegetable in our guide, How to Use Watermelon Radish — Tasty and Colorful Ideas. You might also enjoy finding out how to make Easy Watermelon Radish Pickles.
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Ingredients for Watermelon Radish Salad
- Watermelon radishes (2 good-size or 3 to 4 smallish)
- Apples (2 medium crisp and sweet)
- Parsley (you’ll need 1/4 cup finely chopped)
- Red onion (you’ll need 1/4 cup finely diced) or scallions (you’ll need 2)
From the pantry
- Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
What to serve with watermelon radish salad
The short answer is that this simple salad goes with just about any type of meal! But it goes especially well with Asian style noodle dishes; as a side salad with vegan burgers and sandwiches. Try serving with:
- 2 good-size or 3 to 4 smallish watermelon radishes
- 2 medium crisp, sweet apples, peeled, and cored
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion or 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Carefully away the tough peel of the watermelon radishes and discard. Cut into large chunks and grate in a food processor. Alternatively, use a box grater, or cut into short matchsticks by hand.
- Cut the peeled and cored apples large chunks. Do the same with them — grate in a food processor, use a box grater, or cut into short matchsticks by hand.
- Combine all the ingredients in a serving container or bowl and stir together.
- Allow to stand for 30 minutes to and hour so that the flavors can meld. If liquid has pooled at the bottom of the serving container, drain it off, then serve.
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