Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad with Harissa

By • September 24, 2011 • 9 Comments



Author Notes: Kohlrabis may look like miniature Martians, but when you peel away their knobby green exterior, it reveals a smooth white root with a mild, distinctive flavor and pleasant crunch. I paired kohlrabi and its cousin carrot in a harissa-laced salad, inspired by a carrot salad from Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, that will take the blah out of winter.Fairmount_market

Serves 2-4

  • 1 medium sized kohlrabi
  • 2-3 carrots
  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon harissa, or more to taste
  • ~10 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces feta cheese
  1. With a paring knife, generously peel away the rough skin of the kohlrabi, cutting away any woody bits. Slice the remaining white root into thin slices and cut into matchsticks (or use a mandolin to julienne). Toss in half of the lemon juice to prevent the kohlrabi from discoloring.
  2. Scrub or peel the carrots and cut into similarly sized matchsticks as the kohlrabi.
  3. In a dry skillet, toast the fennel seeds until fragrant, and crush with a mortar and pestle.
  4. Mix together the remaining lemon juice, harissa, and crushed fennel seeds, and then whisk in the olive oil.
  5. Toss the kohlrabi and carrots with the harissa dressing. Sliver the mint leaves, dice up the feta, and stirs into the salad. Taste and add more harissa or salt or a pinch of sugar depending on the spiciness/saltiness/sweetness of your harissa. Enjoy.

Tags: make ahead salad, winter vegetables

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about 2 years ago 52scoops

I've never tried kohlrabi before, but this looks like a fascinating recipe I'll have to try! Thanks for sharing!

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

about 2 years ago Fairmount_market

Tanks! Kohlrabi are kind of intimidating-looking but they are lovely and crunchy on the inside.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love kohlrabi and always seem to forget about it. This is great. The harissa gives this a real punch.

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

almost 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Yes, the trick is finding good harissa. And I've been planning to try making my own.

Dscn2212

almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, I love kohlrabi. Great way to use it.

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

almost 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks boulangere. I always forget about kohlrabi and then periodically remember how much I like it.

Dscn2212

almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh yeah, me too.

Gator_cake

almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Love kohlrabi, and this sound really delicious!

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

almost 3 years ago Fairmount_market

thanks hardlikearmour!