This is a traditional Japanese New Year’s dish known as Namasu. The colors of the carrot and daikon are considered auspicious. The salad is somewhat sweet, so that one will have a ‘sweet’ New Year!
1 1/2 pounds daikon radish (peeled)
1 large carrot (peeled)
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar, preferably raw, or to taste
1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
2 dashes soy sauce, or to taste, optional
1. Cut daikon and carrot into thin shreds, or grate. Combine vegetables in a bowl, sprinkle with salt, and toss well. Set aside 20 minutes. Drain off liquid as it collects in bottom of bowl. Working in handfuls, firmly squeeze out excess liquid and transfer vegetables to a bowl.
2. Dissolve sugar in vinegar and pour over vegetables. Toss. Refrigerate, tossing occasionally, at least 1 hour or overnight. Remove from refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving; dish should be served at cool room temperature. Just before serving, taste; if desired, add soy sauce and toss.