Pickled Carrot, Cucumber and Radish Salad

Pickled Carrot, Cucumber and Radish Salad

Difficulty Rating: 4/10
Time Taken: 20 mins
Serves: 2


This crunchy and colourful Asian pickled salad is a zingy side dish that goes well with chicken, fish, and pork, and would even work well as a lunch on its own. Pickling is at its simplest definition a way of adding salt and/or sugar to food in order to preserve it, but in the short-term it’s a great way to add a burst of flavour to raw veggies and take them to the next level. I like to serve this one with chargrilled chicken or beef satay, where it refreshingly cuts through the rich and creamy peanut satay sauce. 

You will need...

  • Half of a cucumber
  • 1 whole carrot
  • 10 small radishes
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 60ml Mirin/Rice Vinegar/White Wine Vinegar
  • 3tbsp sugar
  • 60ml water
  • 1 tsp Chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Method

Using a sharp knife or mandoline, thinly slice your whole radishes into discs. Then, take a vegetable peeler, or spiralizer if you’ve got one, and thinly peel your cucumber into long strips. Finally, cut your carrot into thin, matchstick-style strips, known as julienne when done correctly (i.e, not here).

Combine those three ingredients in a strainer, sieve, or colander, cover with your salt, toss, and leave over a bowl for 10-15 minutes to drain. The salt will extract much of the moisture in the vegetables, leaving you with a crispier, crunchier salad.

While that’s taking place, combine your mirin/vinegar, sugar, water, and chili flakes in a pan, bring to the boil, then take off the heat and leave to cool.

Rinse and drain your salted veggies, pat dry with a paper towel, and place in the fridge until ready to serve. When you’re ready to eat, pour your cooled pickle mix over the chilled veggies and give it a light shuffle with your hands. Dress with toasted sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

 Here, I've served the salad with chargrilled chicken satay and homemade flatbreads.

Here, I've served the salad with chargrilled chicken satay and homemade flatbreads.

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