Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pickled Asian Ginger Salad

Greetings from sunny Southern California! I have returned to left coast and 48 hours later, back at the cooking and creating. Shortly after landing, Mr. SoCal and I made an epic Costco run to restock our beyond empty fridge. We picked up some fantastic looking Ahi Tuna, and have since been pondering a fitting side dish to accompany it. My fascination with the whiffle ball bat looking Daikon played a large part in this dish. This large radish is shaped like an overgrown white carrot, and has a mild, sweet taste and texture similar to water chestnuts. It is pleasant to eat on its own, and it provides a mild sweetness to serve as the base for this pickled Asian inspired salad.

Pickled Asian Ginger Salad
1 cup sliced daikon
3/4 cup sliced carrot
3/4 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp grated ginger
Sesame seeds

Peel daikon, carrot and cucumber. Slice all vegetables with a grater or mandolin. Place sliced veggies in a bowl. In another bowl, mix vinegar, sesame oil and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Grate ginger and add to vinegar mixture. Pour vinegar mixture on sliced veggies and stir thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours. After chilling, stir again and plate. Top with sesame seeds and serve.

The sweetness of the veggies and acidic bite of the vinegar make for a pleasing balance in this salad. It's one of the few pickling experiments I've ever braved, and its pretty simple and quite delicious. Don't fear the pickle! Dive right in and get your brine on. Happy eating!



Anonymous said...

Yum! So healthy too! the signs of a professional!

CynnamonShticks said...

I love those epic Costco runs! Those huge shopping carts are so hard for me to control. Welcome back to SoCal! Your recipe totally reminds me of what my mom still makes. She puts her pickled salad on almost everything! Thanks for visiting my blog (Furey and the Feast)! I'll be checking in on you from time to time :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a fresh, original salad. I can almost taste the pickled ginger!

Laura said...

Ruth- Thanks! Professional might just me a bit of a stretch though haha :)

Cynnamon- Love your blog, excellent writing. Thank goodness for Costco.

Cookin' Canuck - The ginger gives this dish a little extra zip and brings it all together.

Miranda said...

This looks great...I love refreshing salads during the summer...

s. stockwell said...

We just love this one since we have a whiffle ball bat sitting in our frige right now? This will be great all summer thanks from Montecito, s

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