Daikon Radish and Carrot Salad

One can’t imagine the more simple 2 ingredients salad with no dressing, yet so tasty and full of crunch, to compliment any protein dish as the only, or second side dish serving. There are several good points about this salad. The ingredients are available all year round, it’s a salad on a budget, it can be stored easily for a week refrigerated in a glass container. We actually stored it up to 2 weeks, the taste and texture of the salad changes with storage. Slow fermentation makes the salad more mild in taste, with less pungent daikon radish flavour. The texture becomes softer, as the crunch in vegetables appears to be less prominent. We make this salad on regular basis in winter, its practicalities and the taste we love, made the salad our winter favourite. We serve it with everything. It’s excellent as a juicy side dish with fast fried turkey breast.

It can also accompany any grain and dairy free sandwich.


  • grated fresh daikon radish
  • grated carrots
  • sea salt and coarse black pepper for seasoning


Though the salad is nice with just salt and pepper, we started to add 1 table spoon of my own garlic, sweet and hot chilli peppers paste to this salad. Hot fermented preserve lifts the taste of the salad to a new, more pronounced  spicy level, making it more interesting.

Quantities of ingredients are flexible, radish to carrots ratio is around 1:1. Season the salad well, salty taste will become more mild during storage.


  • peel carrots and daikon radish
  • grate vegetables
  • season with salt and pepper
  • add preserve if desired
  • mix
  • for storage place in a glass container

The salad is best given 1-2 hours rest, especially if you are not a lover of strong radish taste. Daikon radish and carrots salad leaves fresh aftertaste for some time.

Excellent option for winter salad without any dressing, yet juicy and full of goodness. An ideal salad for those who have to be careful about putting extra weight during winter comfort eating.

Both fast fried turkey breast and lamb and beetroot pate dishes, seen in the post photos, were created for specific dietary needs:

  • turkey – high protein dish, for protein days in weight loss programs
  • lamb and beetroot pate – high in natural organic iron (contrary to mineral iron in most supplements) to combat low iron, low ferritin conditions and as a gentle solid food for babies from the age of 1+

Both dishes are gluten, grain, dairy and sugar free. Recipes to follow.

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