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Daikon, cucumber and pomegranate side salad

I have recently discovered the japanese Daikon radish – also called Mooli by some-  and I love adding it to side salads or eating it alongside smoked fish. Its acidity is unrivalled to help digest salmon or mackerel and it would go brilliantly with red meat too. Paired with seasonnal pomegranate and a refreshing cucumber it is the most perfect palate cleansing side dish. Don’t you love those colours, too?! Beautiful food is more satisfying…

red and green, bejewelled salad

Ingredients list:

  • 1/1 daikon radish
  • 1/2 seeded pomegranate
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Dash of pomegranate syrup or molasse
  • Balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp
  • A splash of olive oil
Peel the daikon and wash the cucumber without peeling.
Cut up both like a thin “julienne” or grate with the large grater side of your mandoline.
De-seed the pomegranate and mix all the vegetables in with your fingers.
For seasoning, I used a delicious pomegranate syrup I buy from a turkish delicatessen  and it is worth looking for it if you can but otherwise, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are perfect on their own. These quantities serve 5 or 6 and you can make the same salad the next day with the other halves!

Nutrition notes:

Daikon is a wonder vegetable and it will help break down the fat in anything you eat . It is a very “healing” food according to the Macrobiotic way and it also aids relaxation and acts as a diuretic. It is very useful as a weight loss support.

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