Kohlrabi Salad

January  7, 2011
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2
Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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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21 Reviews

Kimberly F. July 25, 2017
Wondering if this means regular sesame oil or toasted sesame oil...and what others used?
Anita July 25, 2017
Hi Kimberly! I always use toasted sesame oil for this dish (or anytime that sesame is called for actually) and it was lovely :) I hope you make the dish and enjoy it.
Kimberly F. July 25, 2017
Thanks for the quick reply, Anita! I didn't have so I toasted some sesame seeds and threw them in, and used safflower oil in the dressing. I really loved this!
Anita July 26, 2017
You're most welcome and I'm glad you liked the dish! It's a good, quick one!
Laura415 May 7, 2017
Great combo! I make the same salad with jicama in place of kohlrabi. Will try with kohlrabi for sure.
rlsalvati January 9, 2016
The best thing I've found to do with kohlrabi from my CSA!
Joy H. January 2, 2015
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.
Anita October 4, 2014
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!
FJT April 9, 2014
Lovely combination - really fresh and zingy. This could become a regular around here!
fay L. February 25, 2014
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.
QueenSashy February 24, 2014
Love kohlrabi, and I look forward to trying this salad -- minus cilantro, since I am one of "those" people :) Many congrats on the wildcard!!!
LisaBrooklyn February 10, 2014
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.
purplette October 17, 2013
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.
CarolineSL June 22, 2012
Fantastic! I halved the sesame oil and it was great. Perfect for a hot summer day.
Elena May 14, 2012
This was delicious. I doubled the recipe and ate the whole thing in 2 sittings!
AntoniaJames March 2, 2011
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)
lapadia January 10, 2011
Love kohlrabi and love your flavor combination, too! Thanks for the idea...
at T. January 9, 2011
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.
maryvelasquez January 8, 2011
Great flavor combination!
onetribegourmet January 7, 2011
Lovely lovely salad! :)
SanuraJamila January 7, 2011
Very refreshing and lovely salad. Using a mandolin to cut the apples is a great idea for presentation.