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Namasu - Daikon and Carrot Salad

Japanese fast food joints in Indonesia commonly serve namasu (daikon and carrot salad) along with the entree, especially in deep fried items like ton katsu, tori katsu, ebi furai, etc. The namasu sometimes appear by itself, but often times, they appear with shredded cabbage and together doused in big dollop of thousand island dressing. I have no idea how authentic this combination is, but I have seen this in at least a couple of different Japanese restaurants.

Namasu - Daikon and Carrot Salad
Namasu - Daikon and Carrot Salad

Having sampled this salad plenty of time, I decided it is high time I make this at home, the original way if possible. My Japanese cookbooks curiously lack this recipe, is it too humble? No matter, onwards to Just One Cookbook by Nami, my trusted food blogger when it comes to anything Japanese. Thank goodness I found the said recipe. Turns out this is one of the easiest recipe ever, and the salad turns out beautifully, crunchy and extremely light. It is the kind of salad that you can never get tired of. ♥

Namasu - Daikon and Carrot Salad

5.0 from 1 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 0 min

Total Time: 15 mins

Serves: 4

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  • 250 gram daikon, peeled and cut into 2 inch matchsticks
  • 50 gram carrot, peeled and cut into 2 inch matchsticks
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • Dressing
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon drinking water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place daikon and carrot in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Gently massage the salt into the vegetables, then set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. This step is essential to draw out excess liquid from the vegetables, so your salad will be crunchy instead of limpy.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk lightly to combine. Set aside.
  3. Squeeze the daikon and carrot and place them in a new bowl. Pour the dressing and lightly toss to combine. Serve at room temperature or chilled (I like the chilled version better).
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  • Yi @ Yi Reservation Yi @ Yi Reservation says:

    Love to eat these daikon salad and carrot salad. I normally refer them as pickles and I love them in my sandwich too. They are such refreshing things! Great recipe!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    So happy to hear you liked this recipe, Anita! Thank you so much for trying out this dish and linking back to my post! It is a super easy and quick recipe. It's a popular new year food in Japan!

  • Ogbara mutiat Ogbara mutiat says:

    Lovely dishes!!

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