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WHAT IS DAIKON? Meet my new favorite vegetable: daikon! Daikon is the ONLY vegetable that starts with the Letter D – who knew? (The Alphabet of Vegetables knew, that's who!) It's also called Japanese radish, Chinese radish, Asian radish and Chinese turnip; also white radish, winter radish, even the "icicle radish". The syllables mean big (dai) and root (kon) in Japanese.
Daikon comes in a huge, white baton-like root. (For pictures, see Wikipedia.) It is sweet and wet and has wonderful tooth-crunch. It lacks the bitter bite of radish and the woodiness of jicama. It peels as easily as a carrot and slices as easily as a cucumber. Daikon would be a terrific addition to crispy vegetable platters or diced/grated into fresh slaws. A whole pound of daikon has only 82 calories. It's also low-carb, low-calorie and low-cholesterol. Daikon is GREAT!
I tend to forget about vegetable salads during the winter. My mistake! This simple daikon-pepper-watercress combination tasted so fresh and alive. It was both filling and nutritious.
RECIPE for DAIKON & PEPPER SALAD
Time to table: 10 minutes
8 ounces daikon
1 red pepper, diced
4 tablespoons chopped watercress or fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro
1-1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste
Peel the daikon, then cut in thin rounds. Stack three or four rounds, then cut into matchsticks. Combine daikon, red pepper and greens in a bowl. Sprinkle with vinegar, olive oil and a touch of salt. Toss to combine.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
CHANGES FROM THE INSPIRING RECIPE I completely changed the proportions of this salad. To my taste, it's just right. The inspiring recipe called for two bell peppers, a whole 12 cups of watercress (whoah, that'd be a LOT of watercress) and 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
NO WATERCRESS? It's kinda hard to find but I do love its peppery bite. Arugula would be a good substitute. But I love this salad with easy-to-find and inexpensive cilantro, parsley would work too.
In 2006, I found daikon matchsticks "fussy-to-cut and fussy-to-eat". In 2015, the matchsticks seemed exactly the right thing! Dicing the daikon would make it more like pico de gallo.
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