This Mango Daikon Radish Mint Salad is fresh, fruity, minty, and deceptively easy to make!
I absolutely love fruity salads, especially ones made with mango, which I love pairing with herbs, like this Thai-inspired one with basil, or this Mexican salsa with coriander. I’ve used mint in this one because its freshness really helps enhance the sweetness of the mango. For the same reason, I love adding a squeeze of zingy lime juice to mango salads as its fragrant acidity perfectly balances the candy-like cubes of mango.
Daikon radish tastes quite similar to normal radish but has a much milder flavour. Also sometimes known as white radish, Japanese radish, winter radish, Oriental radish or mooli radish, it is a large, long and completely white root plant. It is often used in Japanese cuisine, and is commonly made into pickles, grated, or added added to winter stews. The green leaves of the plant are often eaten too, either pickled or added to stir fries. It’s incredibly healthy, boasting high levels of vitamin C and enzymes that aid digestion, among many other benefits. In Japan, is often eaten with raw fish as it has anti-bacterial properties.
I decided to add daikon radish to this salad as it really works well with the other flavours and textures. Its peppery crunch pairs beautifully with the fragrant, juicy mango, the wonderfully refreshing mint, the heady aroma of tangy lime, and the hint of piquant chilli. You can buy daikon radish (often called mooli in the UK) in the exotic vegetable section of a lot of big supermarkets, from Asian supermarkets or from good vegetable markets. If you can’t get hold of it, a handful of normal radishes would also work really well as a substitute.
This salad is really easy to make and is great for preparing ahead too, so it’s perfect for entertaining guests! It goes really well with curries, or may I recommend serving it alongside my Yellow Turmeric Rice, Chickpea Aubergine Tagine, Tofu Satay, Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani or Peanut Tofu Stir Fry?
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- 1 mango, peeled and diced
- Handful of fresh mint, thinly sliced
- 1/2 medium-sized daikon radish*, peeled and diced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- Pinch of salt, to taste
- Optional: pinch of cayenne chilli pepper, to taste
- Place mango, mint and daikon radish in a bowl
- Mix together all ingredients for the dressing in a separate small bowl
- Pour dressing over the salad and mix well
- Best served fresh, but keeps in the fridge for up to a few days
- *You can substitute with normal radish