Eat in Season Recipe 6: The Daikon

As part of our eat in-season series

Daikon, also known as the white or Japanese radish, has the shape of a large carrot but is more similar in taste to a radish. It is low in calories. In fact, a 3 oz. serving contains only 18 calories and provides 34% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. It also contains active enzymes that aid digestion, particularly when paired with starchy foods. When purchasing them, chose those that feel heavy and have lustrous skin and fresh leaves.

Daikon Homemade Slaw
3 1/2 lbs. daikon radish
1 red onion, sliced lengthwise into 1/8 -inch strips
2 lbs. cut snow peas, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sesame oil (or to taste)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or to taste)
2 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

Trim and peel the daikon, cut it crosswise into 3-inch pieces, julienne the pieces, then place them into a large bowl and add in the onion and snow peas. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Pour half of the dressing over the slaw and toss to coat. Add more dressing as needed (you may not need all of the dressing).  Cover and refrigerate the slaw for at least 1 hour for the flavors to develop. Before serving, toss with the black sesame seeds.

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