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Daikon Carrot Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Healthy, delicious Daikon Radish and Carrot Salad recipe with a delicious Sesame Ginger dressing.

Forget lettuce, and add a wonderful crunch to your dinner with this vegan side salad! The tasty, healthy ribbons of daikon radish and carrots will have you reaching for seconds.

carrot daikon salad on a plate

Daikon salad

This Carrot and Daikon Salad is an awesome salad for when you're tired of all the traditional leafy lettuce side salads. This salad has a really nice crunch thanks to the hearty root vegetables carrots and daikon radish. 

It also has a GREAT light-tasting salad dressing with lots of flavor. It is made with toasted sesame oil, garlic, and ginger... super tasty!

A little dressing goes a long way, making this a light side salad a healthy option for dinner.

More light and healthy salad ideas: Cucumber Salad with Tzatziki Dressing

Shaved vegetable salad

I hope the phrase "shaved vegetables" doesn't put the thought of hairy vegetables in your head. Get that awful visual out of your brain!

Shaved vegetable salad is simply a salad made with thin ribbons of vegetables instead of chopped salad or regular leafy lettuce salad. These thin vegetable ribbons are made by using a vegetable peeler to "shave" the vegetables.

The best vegetables for making a ribbon shaved vegetable salads are carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, and of course - daikon radish.

shaved carrot and shaved daikon radish in a bowl

All of these vegetables make really nice thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler. This vegetable peeler from OXO is my absolute favorite one. I've been using it for over a decade on everything from soft cucumbers to crazy-hard butternut squash. This thing holds up.  

It is by far the easiest way to make thin vegetable ribbons - you don't need any fancy-pants equipment other than this vegetable peeler. Get it here.

What is daikon radish?

Daikon radish is a root vegetable that has a shape similar to carrots - though it often grows much bigger! It has a very neutral taste unlike many other radishes. The neutral taste makes it a perfect addition to many recipes because it goes with every flavor. 

Daikon radishes are not as hard as carrots. Daikon radishes stay nice and crunchy when combined with dressing - unlike zucchini or cucumbers which get a little mushy. This makes daikon radishes perfect for salads. 

daikon radish

Where to find daikon radish

You can find daikon radishes in the produce section of most large supermarkets near the other root vegetables - typically next to the carrots, radishes, beets, etc. If your grocery store doesn't carry it, try an Asian grocery store or any other smaller specialty produce store that carries ethnic produce and groceries.

If you can't find Daikon radish, then just grab a zucchini or yellow squash for this recipe - it will still taste just as good but will be slightly less crunchy.

carrot daikon salad on a plate

Sesame ginger dressing

As I said above, daikon radish goes great with most flavors and salad dressings. For this carrot daikon radish, I made an easy sesame ginger dressing by mixing freshly grated ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a small bowl.

I always use a microplane zester to grate ginger - it is by far the easiest way to get really small pieces of ginger. You definitely don't want large chunks of ginger for this salad dressing. A zester is also a great way to grate garlic, while you're at it.

This is the zester I have 

If you don't have rice vinegar on hand, you can use apple cider vinegar or lime juice in its place to add some acidity. Just go light on the lime juice or apple cider vinegar at first. They are stronger than rice vinegar. Rice vinegar has a nice mild slightly-sweet vinegar flavor. Get it here.

And don't skip the sesame oil - that is what really gives this salad dressing lots of flavor! This is the one I use. 

I top the salad with sesame seeds just for a little crunch and a pop of color.

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carrot daikon salad on a plate
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Daikon Carrot Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Healthy, delicious Shaved Carrot and Daikon Salad recipe with a delicious Sesame Ginger dressing. Forget lettuce, and add a wonderful crunch to your dinner! The tasty, healthy ribbons of daikon radish and carrots will have you reaching for seconds.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4
Author: Kate
Cost: $1 per serving


  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 daikon radish - (use about a 1:1 ratio of carrot to daikon)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar - (see notes)
  • 1 large garlic clove - grated or minced
  • 1 1 inch piece of ginger - peeled and grated
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Prep the veggies: Clean and peel the daikon radishes and carrots. Using a vegetable peeler, 'shave' slices of the radish and the carrots. This is easiest to do by pressing the vegetable against a cutting board and using the peeler to slice away from your body. Place these in a large bowl. 
    shaved carrot and shaved daikon radish in a bowl
  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, vinegar, minced garlic clove, and grated ginger. Add some salt (¼ - ½ teaspoon) and pepper to taste. Combine the dressing with the sliced daikon and carrots, add the sesame seeds, and mix well. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. 
    carrot daikon salad in a bowl


  • You should use the same size daikon radishes and carrots - the ratio of the two should be about the same in this salad. Daikon radishes are typically bigger than carrots
  • If you don't have rice vinegar, try substituting with freshly squeezed lime juice or apple cider vinegar. Start with ½ tablespoon and add more if needed, since lime juice and apple cider vinegar have a stronger taste than rice vinegar


Calories: 70kcal (4%) | Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 4g (6%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Calcium: 19mg (2%) | Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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Friday 26th of January 2024

I don’t have the patience to shave noodles from the carrots and daikon but I do have a box grated whose larger tear-shaped openings produced a good slaw. The first time I made it, much of the lovely flavour in the dressing got diluted by the liquids from the daikon so today when I made it again, I grated it into a clean tea towel, sprinkled it with some salt, and squeezed out a lot of moisture before adding the dressing ingredients. I also toasted the sesame seeds quite darkly and that made a nice colour contrast as well as adding more flavour.


Monday 23rd of December 2019

This was delicious but my daughter suggested adding a little soy sauce & that made it even better. I’ll make it again.


Monday 23rd of December 2019

That's a good idea! I'll try that next time also.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

I've only used daikon once ever and that was in a recipe where I had to carve them in the shape of scallops, steam them and then pan fry (like a scallop). Your dish is much easier and more attractive.


Monday 19th of October 2015

They look so natural next to each other! Why no one cooked them together before? One concern: isn't this salad a little hard to chew, since both vegetables are somewhat hard? I guess, the best way to find out is to try.

Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

Monday 19th of October 2015

Carrot salad? I have never tried one before. Sounds good though!

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