Friday, December 16, 2011

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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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.

Enjoy!

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34 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

It's not that common here in MS. I have had it but it was a long time ago.

Happy weekend.

Pam said...

When I belonged to a CSA, I had more kohlrabi than I knew what to do with!!!

Big Dude said...

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.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Never seen it here but we used to grow it in the UK.

That Girl said...

I've been seeing kohlrabi everywhere online lately. I'm a huge fan. Although of course now I can't find it in my supermarket!

Abbey said...

I have never worked with kohlrabi! I always look at it and think maybe one day... this looks great!

Amish Stories said...

Ive never heard of this before, and i hope someone says that it taste like chicken! Richard

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so jealous that you are still gardening! I remember tasting a kohlrabi once and thinking it tasted a little like a raw potato. Not offensive at all. What a great way to use it - I love slaws.

Pam said...

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!

Jay said...

amazing ....delicious n tasty fresh..:)
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Tasty Appetite

Claudia said...

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!

Marigene said...

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.

Farmchick said...

I have grown these here in KY with much success. My parents always grew them and I think they are quite tasty!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Plucking flowers from own garden and getting fresh veggies is like a blessing. Never seen this.
enjoy your weekend

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Barbara said...

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.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I've never had kohlrabi before but have been very tempted. This looks great! Thanks!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

If I can't find kohlrabi, this dressings looks like it would be great on cabbage, too!! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

Cajunlicious said...

Delicious! Love the dressing!

tasteofbeirut said...

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.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Interesting to hear how easy kohlrabi grows - I'll bet that's whe we get such a haul at the farm in late summer. I have tasted kohlrabi that is sweet, and some that tastes peppery and some that is like a radish.

Danielle said...

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)

grace said...

my mom grew kohlrabi in her garden this year, and believe it or not, this is almost exactly how she first prepared it! lovely salad, velva. :)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh this sounds so fresh and amazing especially for this time of year! I love the colors

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

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.

Magic of Spice said...

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...

Angie's Recipes said...

You see kohlrabi everywhere here...I love them in salad too.

SuziCate said...

I have never tried kolrabi, but I did copy this recipe because it does sound like something I'd like.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I've seen kohlrabi at the farmer's market and yet still have not tried it. This looks like a delicious salad, I bet the crunchy textures and Asian flavors are a pleasant surprise.

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

wow, I love finding new produce! I've never heard of kohlrabi. This looks delicious!

Bo said...

I've seen them before, just never been brave enough to try it.

Farmchick said...

Velva,
I just read your comment on my blog about another Wordless Wednesday photo. I would be glad to participate again, just let me know which photo you are interested in.

mkfarmchick104@gmail.com

Dale said...

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 now

xoDale
I'm a stylist here in San Francisco with a fashion blog if you have time to stop by :) http://www.savvyspice.net/

raquel said...

i wonder if kohl rabi is also the same taste of radish I'm afraid that we don't have it here...but I would love to try it is there any option? thanks

Anonymous said...

I would like to try Kohl rabi. Is it grown in MD?

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