Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) 紅白なます

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Merry Christmas! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve in the U.S.  I wish you are having a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family and I’d like to send you my warmest greetings to you and loved ones.

Namasu (紅白なます) is a daikon and carrot salad lightly pickled in sweetened vinegar.  This dish was introduced to Japan from China around 700s (Nara period) and it is especially enjoyed during the New Years in Japan.  Red and white are considered celebratory colors in Japan and these colors are often used in many traditional ceremonies.

Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Namasu is extremely easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time.  If you like lightly pickled salad, you will enjoy this dish as an appetizer or on the side.  In Japan, this dish is also called Kohaku (red & white) Namasu.  Besides daikon and carrot, you can also include cucumbers for this delightful dish.

The key to this dish is to make sure to squeeze out all the liquid from the veggie, it creates optimal crunchiness.

In Japan, there are usually a few strips of yuzu zest on top but I omitted because I couldn’t find fresh yuzu locally.  When added, the fragrance is quite refreshing so I hope you are able to find fresh yuzu in your area (unfortunately it won’t be easy to find outside of Japan).

Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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Namasu (Daikon & Carrot Salad)
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 4 inch (10 cm) daikon, cut in half
  • 2 inch (5 cm) carrot
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • A few strips of yuzu zest (optional)
Seasonings
  • 1½ Tbsp. sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Peel the daikon and carrot.
  2. Thinly slice the daikon and carrot lengthwise into ⅛-inch-thick slabs (3 mm thickness). Stack a few slabs at a time and cut lengthwise into ⅛-inch-thick strips.
  3. Put daikon and carrot julienned strips in a bowl and sprinkle salt. Give a gentle massage and set aside for 5-10 minutes
  4. Meanwhile combine all the ingredients for the seasonings in a small bowl and whisk well together.
  5. Squeeze water out of daikon and carrot and put in a new bowl.
  6. Pour the seasonings and mix well togther. Garnish with thin strips of yuzu and serve at room temperature or chilled.
Notes
The ratio of carrot to daikon should be 1 to 5.

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  1. It’s quite refreshing to see such a light and simple little salad with all of the holiday type recipes coming out right now. And with all of the cookie platters from neighbors this weekend, I sure could use a light salad like this. I love this!
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!!!!

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  2. Hi Nami! Happy holidays to you and your family! I love this salad and make it quite often, I wish I could try it with the yuzu though.
    Looks beautiful in your photos.
    Hope you have a great holiday and a very happy and prosperous New Year.

    Nazneen xx

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  3. donna mikasa

    Namasu is my favorite vegetable side dish and I make it often with Japanese cucumbers, too!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Nami!

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  4. Kimmi

    I hadn’t known that this dish was so easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, and I can’t wait to try this out for New Year’s — I absolutely love the sweet and vinegar-y taste. =) I hope that you and your family have a warm and wonderful Christmas!

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    • Hi Kimmi! Yes it’s so easy! I’m glad to hear you have tried this dish before. Thank you for being a wonderful reader Kimmi! Happy New Year to you!

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  5. Laura

    Everything about your recipes are so carefully displayed with the beautiful bowls and color combinations that I cannot wait to buy your book, but until then the e-book will be great so I can look back on these well crafted recipes that you have shared with us. Thank you so much… looking forward to 2014. Seasons Greeting !!!!

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    • Hi Laura! Thank you for your kind message. :) I’m so happy to hear you enjoy my blog and thank you so much for following my blog! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  6. I had this salad in a restaurant long ago and loved it. I’m glad you’re sharing the recipe here :) …. Happy New Year to you and your family Nami, and may this new year brings you happiness and joy.

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  7. It’s Christmas day so I came by to wish you a lovely day. :) I’m waiting for the family to wake up to start our celebration. :) This salad look wonderful and perfect with any meal. :)

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  8. Merry Christmas Nami to you and all your family. I have had this side dish and I absolutely love it. I love how you have presented it on dishes that show the pretty colours of this side dish. I love the crunchiness of it combined with the vinegar flavour xx

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  9. Nami, I hope you had a spectacular Christmas with your sweet family! Your salad looks terrific…and you do such an amazing job with your step by step photos!

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  10. This would be so refreshing with a spicy meal. Your knife skills are fantastic Nami and I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and tutorials you shared this year.

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  11. Not such a fan of daikon on its own but when it’s pickled in some way it’s really nice. Lovely fresh, simple salad – the carrot really pops too, contrasting against the radish! :)

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  12. So simple but so beautiful! Carrots go really well with daikon and actually I have made a Japanese dish today adding carrots to usual daikon… the experiment was quite successful! I will bear your salad in mind.

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  13. I love namasu, they are very tasty in rice, salad or even sandwiches. Daikon is one of my favorites, too, love them in brothy soups! Hope you and your family had a fabulous holidays and here to a happy, healthy and loving 2014!

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  14. はればれなサラダのやり方を教えて頂いてどうもありがとう。。。アメリカでは色々な便利な材料(gluten-freeの粉、condensed sweet milk等)を簡単で購入できますが、なまの柚子も販売しておりましたら良いですね。

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