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Easy Namasu (Japanese Pickled Vegetables)

Our favorite Bento-Style meal usually always has a little side dish of Japanese Pickled Vegetables. Most times, just a teaser of a taste, leaving you wanting for more.
Often made with just one vegetable, I've combined my three favorite into this one recipe. It is a simple recipe with lots of flavor.
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Namasu, Japanese, Pickled Vegetables, Bento Style Meal, Side Dish, Taste, Vegetable, Lots of Flavor Recipe
Yield: 3 Cups.
Author: Deirdre K Todd


  • 1 Japanese cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, thinly sliced, slivers
  • 1 daikon (turnip), thinly sliced, slivers
  • 1 TB Hawaiian salt
  • Water as needed
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c. sugar


  • In a saucepan over medium heat; warm vinegar.
  • Remove from heat; stir in sugar until dissolved.
  • Set aside to cool completely.
  • In a large mixing bowl; toss together cucumber, carrot, daikon and salt. 
  • Allow to sit 15 minutes.
  • Rinse and drain well. 
  • Squeeze all remaining water.
  • Return to mixing bowl; toss with ginger and vinegar mixture.

How To Serve:

  • Refrigerate for service.
  • Makes approximately 3 ½ cups.