Garden Kohlrabi and Shredded Carrot Salad

Kohlrabi tastes a lot like broccoli with a crisp texture like a turnip. I dare say its mild and almost sweet.

Kohlrabi is not a vegetable that I would have given even a glance at in the produce section or a farmer’s market.  I would not even know what the heck do with it, if I did.

My dirt to table experiences have increased since recently discovering the pleasures and the agonies of organic gardening.  Since I prefer to experience the pleasures from gardening, which simply equates to PLANT what Will Grow!  By Golly kohlrabi grows without any Effort in the North Florida Fall garden, which means my garden has a plentiful supply of kohlrabi.

So let’s discover kohlrabi together. I promise this won’t be the last kohlrabi recipe as the garden is eagerly providing me with an abundant supply.

This cold kohlrabi salad looks like a cole slaw but it has a crisper texture with Asian flavors of sesame oil, ginger and soy sauce.

Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad
Serves approximately 4
Recipe from Messy Vegetarian Cook

2 kohl rabi
2 small carrots
1/2 large onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
 Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the kohlrabi into matchsticks sized pieces or shred with a grater (note: I used my grater attachment on my food processor).  Do the same with the carrot and combine in a large bowl before adding the chopped onion.
If possible, use a pestle and mortar to combine the sesame oil with the garlic and ginger.  When you achieve a nice even paste, add the sugar and other liquid ingredients.  This method is optional (Note:you can simply crush, mince and mince), but it is worthwhile as it really mixes the flavors well.
Add the liquid with the vegetables and stir until covered.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until needed.


34 thoughts on “Garden Kohlrabi and Shredded Carrot Salad

  1. Nice dish Velva. I'd never heard of kohlrabi until I grew the purple variety several years ago. I tried it cooked and raw and we preferred raw and mainly used it in place of cabbage as slaw – it taste like cabbage and turnips to me. It's nice to have another raw dish for it.


  2. Your salad looks really good! I've never had it raw in a salad but many years ago, my MIL introduced me to kohlrabi. She made a dish of kohlrabi, yellow wax beans, carrots, onions and bacon; cooked together in a sauce. I make it in the summer when the kohlrabi is good and fresh from the garden and we love, love it. If you get a chance, maybe you want to look on my blog at the recipe: it's under the \”kohlrabi\” label section on the right side bar of my blog. I have bookmarked your recipe and will try it when I can find some kohlrabi; not easy this time of year!


  3. Kohlrabi is huge in MN during the late summer/early summer. I am saving this (printing now) for my Farmer's Market booklet – love the sound of every ingredient! You lucky gardener!


  4. I have only had kohlrabi a few times in my life many years ago, always prepared by someone else. I don't think I have ever seen it in the grocery…but I live in the middle of nowhere so it doesn't surprise me. I would really like to find some so I could try it again.


  5. So many of us have never cooked with kohlrabi, Velva. Thanks for posting this! My mother used to make dishes with it all the time. I've posted one recipe on another blog I have…and roasted it. It was delicious.


  6. That is exactly the kind of salad that I could eat gallons of! I will seek out kohlrabi (translated into Arabic here) and will savor it as you have aplenty. Maybe we coud grow it in our vegetable garden.


  7. Khol rabi is totally foreign to me…I may have seen it a time or two…but didn't know what to do with it or if I'd even like it. And that organic gardening can be painful! Had a horrible time with grasshoppers this year :(Next time I see kholrabi…I'll have to pick it up and try one of your dishes (looking forward to seeing more)


  8. I've picked up kohlrabi many times in the market and always put it back down because I don't know what to do with it. We love carrots and this recipe is a nice way to try something new. Happiest holiday best wishes to you and your family, Velva.


  9. You grown your own kohlrabi, how wonderful! I wish I had space for more vegetable as I love them fresh from the garden as well. This salad is wonderful and love the soy sauce touch 🙂 Delicious! Wishing you a happy holiday Velva…


  10. I just found your blog and it's so inspiring, because I'm not much of a foodie. I love this recipe because I've never even heard of kohlrabi. I'm a big veggie fan so I would definitely eat this, thanks so much for sharing. Following you nowxoDaleI'm a stylist here in San Francisco with a fashion blog if you have time to stop by 🙂


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