Namasu (Japanese Daikon and Carrot Salad) - a perfect side for grilling
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8 servings
Namasu is a traditional Japanese salad made with daikon radish and carrots marinated in a sweet and tangy dressing. Traditionally served for New Years, but also a great side dish for summer grilling!
  • 2 (2-inch long) pieces daikon radish, peeled
  • 1 (2-inch long) piece of carrot, peeled (or roughly half as much carrot as daikon)
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or one good pinch) Kosher salt or sea salt
  1. Slice the daikon and carrots into long, thin strips lengthwise, then cut those sheets into strips. Place in a bowl with 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt and massage the salt into all of the vegetables. Set aside.
  2. in a separate bowl, mix together sugar, rice vinegar, water, and salt until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Squeeze as much water out of the vegetables as possible using either your hands or a clean, lint free kitchen towel and transfer to a clean bowl. Discard liquid.
  4. Pour dressing over vegetables and mix well to combine.
  5. Serve immediately or cover and let stand in the refrigerator until chilled, if desired.
Most recipes I've seen for Namasu call for more sugar than I have added here, but I find they come out a bit too sweet, so I've backed the amount off. If desired, you can add another 1/2 Tablespoon sugar to the dressing if you've got a serious sweet tooth.
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at