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Simple Namasu Recipe: Japanese Daikon Carrot Salad (紅白なます)

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“Red & white namasu” (紅白なます) is a simple side dish made with carrots (i.e. red) and daikon radish (i.e. white).

It is tasty, refreshing, healthy, and perfect for hot summer days.

Best of all, it is super easy to make!

Here’s how:

Namasu Recipe

This recipe was adapted from 百合プ on Cookpad and Sirogohan.

Quick overview

Slice carrots and daikon. Mix with salt, and wait for water to drain. Mix with vinegar sauce. Chill. Enjoy.

Full recipe

Namasu Recipe: Japanese Daikon Carrot Salad (紅白なます)

Course: Appetizers, SidesCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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This simple, classic daikon/carrot namasu recipe is perfect for hot summer days.

Equipment & Ingredients

  • Equipment
  • Knife and cutting board

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Chopsticks (or something to mix with)

  • Ingredients
  • Daikon (Japanese white radish) … 1/4 piece (about 300g)

  • Carrot … 1/3 piece (about 50g)

  • Salt … 1 tsp

  • Sugar … 2 tbsp

  • Rice Vinegar … 3 tbsp (approx 45ml)

  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  • Slice daikon and carrots into thin matchsticks and put into a bowl. Use the sen-giri / julienne cutting technique.namasu recipe step 1
  • Sprinkle salt over daikon/carrots and mix together. Let sit for around 10 minutes for water to come out of from vegetables.namasu recipe step 2
  • Drain water from bowl. Use your hands to squeeze out excess liquid from daikon and radish.namasu recipe step 3
  • Mix together vinegar and sugar and add it to vegetables. Mix well.namasu recipe step 4
  • Chill in fridge for 10-20 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!namasu recipe final

Recipe Video


  • Add some red chili peppers for an extra spicy kick
  • Add lemon juice or yuzu for some citrusy flavors

Namasu Recipe FAQ

How long is namasu good for?

You can keep namasu in the fridge for 7-10 days.

What is the difference between namasu and sunomono?

Sunomono (酢の物) is a general term for Japanese vinegar / pickled dishes. The word is a combination of “su” which means vinegar, and “mono” which mean things (in this case — food).

Namasu is simply a type of sunomono.

What are the health benefits of namasu?

The main health benefits of namasu come from the use of rice vinegar. Rice vinegar is considered a good antioxidant, helps control blood sugar levels, and lowers cholesterol.

It is also a source of Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Phosphorus (source: WebMD)

For this particular namasu recipe, both carrots and daikon are also highly nutritious ingredients. Check out Healthline for more health info.

The only health downside of namasu is the use of sugar. You may want to reduce the sugar amount, or replace it with another healthier sweetener.

What is the history of namasu?

Namasu is thought to have originated from China (written: 膾). The dish was originally made with raw meat and fish.

In Japan, vinegar was not actually used in the original namasu. Over time, the meat and fish also changed to become just vegetables.

These days, namasu usually just refers to vegetable dishes. It is most popular to eat as a New Year’s dish.



What do you think of this namasu recipe? Any suggestions for other chefs out there?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Chef Goku

Chef Goku

Chef Goku is the founder and sole operator of The Chef Dojo. He loves Japanese food, and has lived in and out of Japan for many years. He started this blog in 2018 to share everything he learns about Japanese food and cooking. He is also a self-certified Japanese knife nerd. Contact Chef Goku

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