Daikon slaw is made with mooli or daikon radish, and the usual coleslaw ingredients! The white radish adds a lovely peppery but sweet and crisp taste to the salad which makes it extra special.
What Is Daikon
Daikon is also known as mooli or mouli, or could be referred to as long white radish. It’s a root vegetable from the radish family with a sweet and crisp taste, popular in the Asian cuisines. It’s usually used in salads, in stir frys and could be pickled as well. Daikon is popular in Japan, so it’s usually served as a garnish in sushi and fancy restaurants in Japan.
I was introduced to white radish last month when we visited our family vegetable farm in Jordan, and during that visit, I got to learn about vegetables that I’ve never seen in my life before. Turns out that Asian popular vegetables are now grown in Jordan for expats and Asian restaurants, so they’re able to source these vegetables locally. Think about how awesome that is for the environment, and how cheaper it is for them to buy these awesome vegetables.
Where to Buy Daikon Radish
In the UK, I’ve seen Mooli or Daikon radishes a few times in small grocery shops as well as Asian stores. They are usually imported but are sold for as little as £1.50 each. You could also buy Daikon dried strips, but these won’t work in this recipe.
Sometimes Daikon/Mooli radishes can also be found in major UK supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, or you could order some online from Ocado.
What Does Daikon Taste Like?
Mooli radish has a sweet and crisp taste. It’s quite different if compared to a carrot, but very similar to radishes. The taste is similar to radishes but it’s milder and sweeter.
As white radish is very popular in Japan and consumed on a regular basis, Japanese nationals are known for being the healthiest nation in the world.
White radish is a very healthy vegetable that can aid in digestion and fight against cancer, it can also strengthen the immune system. It’s high in vitamin C, potassium, and phosphorus.
How to Make Daikon Salad
Treat the white radish just like you treat a carrot. Start by peeling the skin, and use a Julienne shredder to slice it. Do the same with the carrot.
Shred white cabbage using a cabbage slicer like this one, it’s amazing and a must-have in every kitchen.
To make the dressing, mix together the mayonnaise, crushed garlic, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and salt. Add the dressing to the salad, and finally chop some parsley and add to the salad.
Give the salad and good mix and serve.
Also, make sure to check out this red cabbage slaw, it’s my favorite!
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- 1 daikon shredded
- 1 carrot shredded
- 1 cup (100g) cabbage shredded
- ¼ cup (20g) parsley chopped
- ½ cup (110g) mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic minced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- To make the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, garlic if using, lemon juice and salt.
- Combine shredded daikon, carrot, cabbage and parsley together. Then add dressing and mix well.