Daikon Carrot Salad with Almonds

Daikon Carrot Salad with Almonds

Do you know how hard it is to get a cat to make a cute paw print on a card?  No, of course you don’t… because why would you?  Why on earth would you do something weird and wacky like that?  Things like this are best left up to me; then I can come back and tell you how crazy they are.

I got this idea to make a card “from our cats” for my partner for Valentine’s Day.  Naturally my first concern was what medium to use that would be safe on their paws. Anything possibly toxic like ink and paint were most definitely out so I opted for fresh beet juice.

You should know that beet juice stains. Bad. Especially when there are tiny paws covered in beet juice that are running very quickly away from you. In the end, I didn’t even get a cute paw print on the card. All I got was a couple of red, ill-shaped blobs. I think the card ended up looking more like a threat than a gesture of one’s love and admiration.  

So, the lesson here is simple: don’t be like me when it comes to cats… or probably life in general. But, if you like good food, you are more than welcome to be like me when it comes to this salad.

Daikon Carrot Salad with Almonds

Daikon Carrot Salad with Almonds
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Serves: 4
  • 2 cups julienned daikon radish
  • 2 cups julienned carrots
  • 2 cups julienned broccoli stalks
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ume plum vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Place daikon, carrots, broccoli, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, maple syrup, and ume plum vinegar.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss evenly to coat. Fold in chopped almonds and serve.
Adapted from Clean Start by Terry Walters

This salad is simple and easy to adapt depending on the produce you have on-hand.  I love using daikon radish in this salad for its mild spice that complements the sweet carrots and broccoli stalks perfectly.  Serve this as a refreshing appetizer or side dish to any entree.

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  1. says

    i don’t think i’ve ever had daikon radish, but that needs to change soon!

    also, LOVE your cat story. totally sounds like something i would do. did her beety-paw print stain anything? i still want to be like you and make this salad 😉

  2. Lindsay Loves Veggies says

    That is such an awesome story! You almost made me want to try making puppy paw prints, but the thought of beet juice everywhere is a bit scary.

    This recipe looks so fresh and delicious. I’ve been wanting to try daikon and ume vinegar lately, because I’ve been reading about macro diets. Any suggestions of where to buy them? They don’t seem have them where I usually shop.

    • says

      Lol, puppy paw prints would be pretty adorable though.

      Any health food store should carry daikon and ume vinegar. I usually get it at Whole Foods or PCC. I am pretty sure you can also buy ume vinegar online through Amazon.

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