Winter salads need not be boring. In fact, they can be quite interesting. This one is absolutely delicious with thinly sliced pears, shaved brussels sprouts, pea shoots, and shredded cabbage. But what really sets this salad apart is the addition of pickled radishes, daikon and watermelon. They are wonderful, so full of flavor, and take only 15 minutes to pickle. A small amount of pickling liquid is then used to flavor the dressing. This winter salad was a huge hit at my house. I can't wait to make it again!
- 1 or 2 large daikon radishes, peeled and shaved into long strips with a vegetable peeler
- 2 watermelon radishes, sliced thinly on a madolin
- 2 pears unpeeled, thinly sliced on a madolin
- 1/2 small green cabbage, shredded by thinly slicing with a knife crossways
- 8 brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 1 cup pea shoots
- 3/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese rice wine)
- 2 T. sugar
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- salt and pepper
Make pickling liquid by combining the vinegar, mirin and sugar in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Divide into 2 bowls, adding the daikon radish to one, and the watermelon radish to the other. Set aside for 15 minutes. Drain radishes, reserving 2 T. of the liquid from the daikon.
Assemble the salad by placing the shredded cabbage on the salad plate. Arrange the radishes and pear slices on top. Sprinkle with brussels sprouts and pea shoots. Serve with dressing on the side.
Make the dressing by mixing together the mayonnaise with the reserved pickling liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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