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Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji 大根ときゅうりの塩麹和え

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  • For light & refreshing healthy side dish, try this Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji. A natural seasoning made with malted rice, salt & water, shio koji enhances the umami flavor of this simple salad. 

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    To continue with a light and healthy recipe theme for the new year, I want to share this Daikon and Cucumber Salad (大根ときゅうりの塩麹和え) recipe today.

    This refreshing and crunchy salad is perfect for cleansing your palate between dishes. I also love making this salad during summer time as it beautifully complements many Japanese grilled dishes. Think yakitori or BBQ chicken wings!

    A Japanese ceramic bowl containing Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji.

    The magic condiment I’ve used today is Shio Koji (塩麴), which brings out a nice umami flavor of the dishes. A century-old ingredient used in Japan to make soy sauce, sake, and miso, Shio Koji is now a favorite seasoning for marinades, salad dressings, and pickles.

    Hikari Miso Shio Koji in a bottle.When used as a salad dressing, the end result is a crisp Daikon and Cucumber Salad with a nice balance of salty-vinegary sweet flavors. To get the Daikon & Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji recipeclick here over at Hikari Miso’s website. Hikari Miso products are available in Japanese grocery stores and Amazon.

     

    Watch How to Make Homemade Shio Koji

    If you want to make Homemade Shio Koji, watch this short video below. For the step-by-step recipe, click here. Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you will try to experiment with cooking with shio koji!

    Itadakimasu!

    Enjoy this quick salad on a hot summer day. Serve it with grilled dishes!

    A Japanese ceramic bowl containing Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji.
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    Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji
    Prep Time
    5 mins
     

    For a light & refreshing healthy side dish, try this Daikon and Cucumber Salad with Shio Koji. A natural seasoning made with malted rice, salt & water, shio koji enhances the umami flavor of this simple salad

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: cucumber, daikon, pickle, salad
    Servings: 2
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Cut daikon and cucumber diagonally while rotating them a quarter between cuts. This Japanese cutting technique is called “Rangiri.”

    2. Put daikon, cucumber, carrot, and all the seasonings in a large closable plastic bag.
    3. Remove the air from the bag and massage the vegetables and make sure they are blended well with the seasonings. Keep the bag in the refrigerator for 45-60 minutes for best flavor.
    4. Serve this dish cold or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

     

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