Kohlrabi Salad

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Food52 Review: WHO: Sassyradish is a finance geek and food blogger living in New York.
WHAT: A sweet-tart-spicy-crisp salad, with our new favorite vegetable.
HOW: Chop your kohlrabi and apple, then toss with the dressing.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We're big fans of the crazy-looking kohlrabi, and this salad is something special; the chili gives it a great hit of spice, and the apple, vinegar, and fish sauce keep it crisp and balanced.
The Editors

Serves 2

  • 1 head kohlrabi
  • 1/2 apple, such as Gala
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 bird's eye chili
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. With a sharp knife, cut off the “branches” of the kohlrabi. Peel it with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Cut the kohlrabi into matchsticks either using a sharp knife of a mandolin (I used the latter). Do the same with the apple.
  3. Toss the kohlrabi and the apple with the remaining ingredients and chill before eating.

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8 months ago The Cooking of Joy

Thank you for sharing this! This recipe has become my go-to way to use up the kohlrabi from my CSA. I've been using a squirt of sriracha instead of the chili, pears instead of apples, and adding a pinch of sugar to the dressing. Sometimes I use Asian 5 Spice powder instead of the cumin, too.


11 months ago Annie

DIVINE! A fantastic salad! Thank you for sharing! I had it as a salad tonight but in the future, I'm imaging it diced atop of braised beef in a taco!


over 1 year ago FJT

Lovely combination - really fresh and zingy. This could become a regular around here!


over 1 year ago fay lee

My mom bought me a huge kohlrabi so I googled a few recipes. Found this and absolutely loved it (I actually just made another batch). It's so light and refreshing! I think next time I'll throw in some scallions and maybe try some asian pear.


over 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Love kohlrabi, and I look forward to trying this salad -- minus cilantro, since I am one of "those" people :) Many congrats on the wildcard!!!


over 1 year ago LisaBrooklyn

I've been making this nonstop since I discovered it a couple of weeks ago. I added radish and sometimes scallion to the mix, and I've swapped in pear for apple. Increased the fish sauce as well. It's such a nice fresh addition to the winter vegetables soups and stews currently on my table.


almost 2 years ago purplette

This is now my favorite way to consume apples and kohlrabi. I used a hot red pepper from my CSA, barely added any heat, so as I'm making it now (again in the same week) I'm going to try more heat. Looooved this recipe.


about 3 years ago CarolineSL

Fantastic! I halved the sesame oil and it was great. Perfect for a hot summer day.


over 3 years ago Elena

This was delicious. I doubled the recipe and ate the whole thing in 2 sittings!


over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This looks so good! I have a couple of kohlrabi in the fridge, and everything else to make this, so I plan to give it a try within the next few days. Stay tuned. ;o)


over 4 years ago lapadia

Love kohlrabi and love your flavor combination, too! Thanks for the idea...


over 4 years ago at the farmers market

I often see kohlrabi in the farmers' market but didn't really know what to do with it. These flavors looks really good, so I'm going to give this a try.


over 4 years ago maryvelasquez

Great flavor combination!


over 4 years ago onetribegourmet

Lovely lovely salad! :)


over 4 years ago SanuraJamila

Very refreshing and lovely salad. Using a mandolin to cut the apples is a great idea for presentation.