Daikon is a winter radish that has a mild flavor that is both spicy and sweet. It is often found in Asian cuisines and can be cooked, pickled, or eaten raw. They have a crunchy texture that works well in salads and they can even be fried up to make vegan bacon. Here are 8 plant-based daikon recipes you have to try!
1. Daikon Radish Stew
Source: Daikon Radish Stew
2. Summer Daikon Rolls with Avocado and Micro Greens
Spicy daikon radish stands in for rice paper wraps in these refreshing Summer Daikon Rolls with Avocado and Micro Greens by Jean-Christian Jury. Crisp, thinly sliced daikon is stuffed with shiso (a Japanese herb that tastes similar to basil), cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and mint. Then, it’s drizzled with an umami sauce before being rolled up and garnished with black sesame seeds and a touch of yuzu citrus fruit juice.
3. Gingery Carrot and Daikon Salad
Source: Gingery Carrot and Daikon Salad
4. Ginger Carrot Daikon Kimchi
Source: Ginger Carrot Daikon Kimchi
Kimchi is a Korean side dish made by fermenting cabbage a variety of vegetables in spicy seasoning. You can find it at Korean restaurants and grocery stores, or you can make your own! This Ginger Carrot Daikon Kimchi by Jessica Meyers Altman is made from shredded cabbage, daikon radish or beets, and shredded carrots. It’s crisp, spicy, and easy to make. Enjoy it on salads and burgers and anything you think could use a spicy kick.
5. Peanut and Daikon Radish Noodle Salad
This warm, pad Thai-inspired salad is made from spiralized daikon radish noodles instead of rice noodles. It’s sweet, spicy, savory, crunchy, and full of bright flavor from the raw vegetables. Daikon radish is spiralized and then tossed in a creamy peanut dressing and stir-fried baby corn, edamame, and bell peppers. This Peanut and Daikon Radish Noodle Salad by Rachel Hanawalt is the perfect option for a light lunch or picnic option.
6. Vegan Pepperoni Pan Pizza
Source: Vegan Pepperoni Pan Pizza
No-knead, fool-proof pan pizza topped with daikon radish “pepperoni,” homemade vegan mozzarella, and a simple yet delicious tomato sauce. This Vegan Pepperoni Pan Pizza by George Lee is so good and such a crowd-pleaser!
7. Spicy Golden Beet Noodles
Source: Spicy Golden Beet Noodles
This golden beet noodle salad is filled to the brim with fresh and vibrant vegetables. The beet and daikon noodles have a crispness to them and the dressing adds a layer of spicy flavor. These Spicy Golden Beet Noodles by Shanna Laychuk come together with very little effort, but it doesn’t suffer in terms of flavor due to the uniqueness of each ingredient.
8. Soba Noodle Bowl With Fermented Beans and Shiitake
In this recipe, soba noodles are the base of a bowl full of umami flavors and ingredients, like crisp, spiralized daikon radish, nori, shiitake mushrooms, and a miso dressing. The most interesting of the bunch is natto, Japanese fermented beans, which can be found in Asian groceries. If you can’t find natto anywhere, then you can substitute it for baked tofu. You don’t want to miss out on this Soba Noodle Bowl With Fermented Beans and Shiitake by Valentina Goltara.
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