Easy Japanese Recipes

Namasu (Daikon and Carrot Salad) 紅白なます

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

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)
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 2-4
  • 4 inch (10 cm) daikon, cut in half
  • 2 inch (5 cm) carrot
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • A few strips of yuzu zest (optional)
  • 1½ Tbsp. sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  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.
The ratio of carrot to daikon should be 1 to 5.

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Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Appetizers, Healthy Recipes, Holidays, Japanese New Year Food, Quick & Easy, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Vegetarian

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  • A_Boleyn December 23, 2013, 8:28 pm

    I really must give daikon radish a try in the new year and this salad seems nice and simple.

  • mjskit December 23, 2013, 8:41 pm

    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!!!!

  • Coffee and Crumpets December 23, 2013, 9:15 pm

    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

  • Joanne T Ferguson December 23, 2013, 9:54 pm

    G’day Nami! Love anything with daikon, true!
    Your salad is very healthy, versatile and YUM too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • Rosa December 23, 2013, 11:24 pm

    A healthy and delicious salad!

    Happy Holidays.



  • donna mikasa December 23, 2013, 11:49 pm

    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!

    • Nami January 22, 2014, 12:57 pm

      Sorry for my late response – I’ve been catching up my old emails and found yours! I hope you had a great holiday and Akemashite Omedeto! :)

  • ela@GrayApron December 24, 2013, 12:37 am

    Lovely salad! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :) ela

  • Helena December 24, 2013, 3:25 am

    Looks really delicious and it gives me apetite just now!
    Merry Xmas my dear!

    • Nami December 27, 2013, 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much Helena! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Kimmi December 24, 2013, 5:53 am

    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!

    • Nami December 27, 2013, 10:12 pm

      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!

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 24, 2013, 7:33 am

    Hi Nami, lovely simple side or salad to counter all the rich food of the season.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful festive season and all the very best in 2014

  • John@Kitchen Riffs December 24, 2013, 7:46 am

    This is such a nice, light salad! Very refreshing – I need this about now! Thanks, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 24, 2013, 7:49 am

    this sounds like a great salad, very light and flavorful :) Happy Holidays from me to you and your family.

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking December 24, 2013, 9:09 am

    This looks super easy and delicious Nami! Great pics and video tutorial. Enjoy your holiday week! :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz December 24, 2013, 12:06 pm

    This is a lovely salad which I enjoy to give the tummy a break too after too much food, like a bit of a palate cleanser. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com December 24, 2013, 12:08 pm

    My dear friend, Nami! Happy Holidays to you! I always enjoy your posts so much – love your recipes and learning more about Japan and Japanese culture! Keep it up girl!

  • Laura December 24, 2013, 2:16 pm

    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 !!!!

    • Nami December 27, 2013, 10:06 pm

      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!

  • nipponnin December 24, 2013, 3:50 pm

    I like to put namasu in my ban-mi sandwich . It totally works!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Kate@Diethood December 24, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Delicious!! I am a sucker for pickled salads and I would probably need more than one bowl of this. :)

    Happy Holiday Season to you and to yours, Nami!! XO

  • yummychunklet December 24, 2013, 7:06 pm

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Muna Kenny December 25, 2013, 1:57 am

    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.

  • Choc Chip Uru December 25, 2013, 3:32 am

    So healthy and delicious :D

    Happy Holidays!

  • Ramona December 25, 2013, 3:47 am

    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. :)

  • Hotly Spiced December 25, 2013, 2:29 pm

    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

  • Baby Sumo December 25, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Hi Nami, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen December 26, 2013, 4:41 pm

    It’s a simple recipe yet it will bring out the flavor of the main dish that you serve this with. Happy New Year to you and your family Nami!

  • Liz December 26, 2013, 5:04 pm

    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!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef December 26, 2013, 7:20 pm

    wow, one of my fave….
    lovin it’s tangy and slightly sweet flavour,
    Merry christmas and happy holidays Nami, God blessed you all the way!!!

  • Kim | a little lunch December 27, 2013, 8:21 am

    Nami, your salad sounds light and refreshing in a sea of indulgent treats this time of year. (I like your “ratio” note, too — thanks for that.) Wishing you a joyous New Year!

  • Mich Piece of Cake December 28, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Love this simple and refreshing appetiser. Wishing you a Happy New Year! And a wonderful 2014 ahead!

  • Lynna December 29, 2013, 12:46 am

    This is so cool! In Vietnamese cuisine, we eat something very similar! We add it in fish sauce and eat it with many Vietnamese dishes!

  • Sandra Garth December 29, 2013, 4:50 pm

    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.

  • Charles January 2, 2014, 2:55 pm

    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! :)

  • Sissi January 5, 2014, 10:44 am

    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.

  • Rika January 7, 2014, 8:40 am

    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!

  • The Ninja Baker January 8, 2014, 12:33 am

    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。