Superfast Salt-and-Sugar Pickles

In Japan, salt pickles are a staple. David Chang serves his right after seasoning, while they're still vibrant and crunchy. More Pickled Vegetable Recipes

Superfast Salt-and-Sugar Pickles
Photo: © Yunhee Kim
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 to 8


  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 3 very large radishes, halved and sliced into thin wedges (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 thin daikon radishes, sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 Kirby cucumbers, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon—rind removed, flesh sliced 1/3 inch thick and cut into 2-inch wedges


  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt and sugar. Arrange the radishes, daikon, cucumbers and watermelon in separate bowls; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of the salt mixture over each and toss. Let the pickles stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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