Spiderweb Salad

I’ve been on a mission to create more Halloween Salads because I feel like it’s under represented in the realm of Halloween food. And let me tell you, I’ve been having a lot of fun creating and eating all these bad boys! And this one is no exception.  This refreshing salad is an Asian inspired Daikon Radish Salad with a garlicky rice wine vinegar dressing garnished with festive nori spiders and black sesame seeds. It’s so simple and comes together in a flash. And it keeps over night(minus the spider garnish) so you can make it ahead for your Halloween gathering. Serve it family style for a sit down dinner, or plate it into individual servings for an appetizer and cocktail Halloween party.

The only thing that makes this a Halloween dish is the simple edible spider garnish. An easy detail to add if you have a spider paper punch on hand and some nori sheets. I was lucky to have the mini spider punch by G Studio from years ago, which unfortunately I believe is discontinued since i can’t find it online, but there are other styles of punches like this large spider punch I purchased from The Punch Bunch on Etsy. Pick one up and make this delicious Spiderweb Salad! Enjoy!

Spiderweb Salad

Daikon radish tossed in a spicy, garlicky, rice wine vinegar dressing and garnished with festive seaweed spiders and black sesame seeds makes the perfect Halloween Salad!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Halloween, Halloween Food, spiders
Servings: 12


  • Spider paper punch
  • Julienne peeler or spiralizer


  • 1 medium daikon radish (julienned)
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 sheets nori seaweed (for spider garnish)


  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)


  • To make the dressing, mix all ingredients together and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Set aside.
  • Use a spider-shaped paper punch to punch out spider garnish from seaweed sheets. Set aside.
  • Peel daikon radish and then use the julienne peeler to cut long strips of radish and place strips into a large bowl. Toss daikon radish strips with dressing and add black sesame seeds. Transfer to a large platter or serve in individual servings. Garnish with punched spiders and more sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy!

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