This salad offers an excellent way to enjoy the seasonal benefits of summer when fresh and local daikon radish and apples are available. It provides an excellent way to incorporate daikon radish into your diet, in a juicy blend of slightly sweet, tart and pungent flavors.

This salad can be enjoyed all on its own as a highly cleansing, light summer meal or snack, or it can be used as a side dish. It is rich in a wide spectrum of vitamin and mineral micronutrients, and health enhancing phytonutrients and antioxidants. It is an excellent source of fiber, is naturally low in sodium and virtually fat-free. It is also super quick and easy to put together.

Characteristics

TYPE: Salad, Snack, Appetizer
PREPARATION: < 15 mins
SERVINGS: makes a large bowl of salad to share among several portions

  • Raw
  • 100% Plant-Based (Vegan)
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Nut-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Daikon Radish (organic; medium size)
  • 2 Apples (organic; your choice of variety)
  • 2 Lemons (or limes), juiced (organic)
  • 2 tsp (or more) Cinnamon (organic)
  • 1/2 tsp (to taste) Unrefined Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt

TOOLS:

  • Spiralizer
  • Cutting Board
  • Utensils
  • Large Salad Bowl

Preparation Steps

  1. Wash your apples and radish.
  2. Trim the ends of the radish, peel if necessary, and put it through a disc/blade of your choice of your spiralizer. Transfer to the salad bowl.
  3. Put the apples through your spiralizer. Transfer to your salad bowl.
  4. Wash the lemons (or limes), roll around on a flat surface to help release the juices and cut in half. Using a lemon reamer or similar citrus-juicing tool, squeeze the juice completely into a small bowl or cup. Remove any seeds and pour the juice over the apples and radish into the salad bowl.
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon and salt over the salad and mix everything thoroughly together.
  6. Serve fresh, or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Tips

  • You can easily play with your apple to radish ratio and use more apples, especially if making this salad for kids.
  • You can choose any variety of apples to use that you would enjoy and alternate different ones for different flavor combinations. Green Granny Smith apples are particularly great for a more tart salad, where as a sweet variety is better for a sweeter version.
  • You can use lemons or limes to dress the salad, though I personally recommend lemons, as limes can add some bitter tones to it. You can also consider raw apple cider vinegar.
  • You can omit the cinnamon and/or add any other herbs or spices that you feel would go well with this salad and that you would enjoy.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Daikon Radish

  • provides healthy carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and is virtually fat-free
  • provides phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provides antiviral, antibacterial, and expectorant properties
  • provides vitamins, especially vitamin C and most B vitamins, including folate
  • provides minerals, especially potassium, copper, magnesium, and calcium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports cleansing and detoxification
  • supports digestive, immune, respiratory, and cardiovascular health
  • supports healthy blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and elimination
  • protects against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes type 2
  • for more info, see the radish overview on Nutrition-And-You

Apple

  • provides healthy carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and is virtually fat-free
  • provides lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provides vitamins, especially vitamin A, C, E, K, and some B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports digestive system and immune system health
  • supports healthy blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels
  • protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the apple overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Lemons

  • provide alkalizing, cleansing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial benefits
  • provide lots of phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provide some vitamins and minerals, most specifically vitamin C
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and liver function
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infections, and other diseases
  • for more information, visit the lemon detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Cinnamon

  • not a significant source of calories or macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein)
  • provides lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties
  • provides vitamins, including vitamin A, K, and some B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially calcium, potassium, and iron
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports optimal digestion and immune protection
  • supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the cinnamon overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Unrefined Salt

  • unrefined sea salt unrefined Himalayan salt
  • naturally alkalizing
  • a source of over 80 essential and trace minerals
  • supports optimal blood pressure, heart and nervous system health
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • for more info, refer to unrefined salt on Green Med Info
  • Health Tip: avoid all forms of refined, white salt and processed foods made with it