Colorful and Crunchy Watermelon Radish and Minty Orange Salad with F*ck Up Proof Shallot Vinaigrette

If your friend was setting you up on a blind date with a watermelon radish, your friend would say “the watermelon radish has a great personality.”  You would see it in the supermarket and be a little disappointed by its pale green rigid skin.  But once you took it home to open it you would find one of the most beautiful and vibrant root vegetables.  This chinese daikon radish is magenta in the center with white edges, the texture is crunchy and it tastes slightly peppery and sweet.  It’s the  star of the show in this salad!

I had my first encounter with the watermelon radish at Venice Beach’s Lemonade on Abbott Kinney while taking a break from shopping for my favorite surfer chic bikinis, short shorts, and tanks at Insight 51.  I’ve been obsessed with it ever since and now you can too!

For the salad

  • 1 watermelon radish
  • 1 ripe orange
  • 1 box of microgreens
  • ⅓ cup of pepitas
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves


Slice the watermelon radish with a mandoline, vegetable peeler (for long ribbons), or if you are especially skilled, with a knife into thin shavings.

Dice the orange into cute little pieces so you can get surprising little bursts of citrus in your mouth.

Mix the all the ingredients in a bowl while drizzling the vinaigrette in slowly.  Here is the recipe for the F*ck Up Proof Shallot Vinaigrette.  You will see that this salad is not any basic bitch salad.  It will dazzle any dinner guest!

Check out how to garnish this salad with some beautiful edible flowers!