Kohlrabi and apple salad

I’m still on the quest to try new foods, and since beets were such a big hit with my tastebuds, I figured that little alien bulbs with leafy greens kohlrabi would be a good next step.

small aliens with wavy green hair

The word kohlrabi supposedly means cabbage-turnip in German (I think I read that on the interest somewhere). It’s got a pleasant crisp and zing, and reminds me of broccoli. These little suckers looked pretty daunting, so I turned to the trusty Googles to help me clean them up but found no definitive guide. I found it easiest to cut off the “tenticles” near the bulb, and then cut off the tough bottom part where green meets white.

kohlrabis, in various stages of undress.

I then proceeded to peel the thick, bitter skin [which can be green or purple (!)] until I had a fragrant, white little bulb smiling up at me. I julienned all 3 of them, along with an apple, and thoughtfully munched on alternating matchsticks of  kohlrabi and apple, tangy and earthy and then sweet and crisp.

I googled again and found this recipe. My julienned pieces found their fate!  Then I ate half the bowl in one setting.

Verdict: Yummy, crispy, fresh, slightly bitter, and certainly unique.  Honestly, I think I prefer a very similar broccoli salad. Though I wonder if half-broccoli, half-kohlrabi in a big batch of this salad might be the perfect side for spicy smoked pork butt when my parents visit next month?

Kohlrabi Salad
adapted from Dianasaur Dishes

3 medium kohlrabis
1 large apple (I used Gala or Fuju, I think)
4 slices bacon, cooked
1/2 cup fresh peas
1/2 c. heavy cream
2 t. vinegar
2 T. honey

Clean and julienne the kohlrabis and apple. Crumble the bacon; admire the cute little peas. Toss these together in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl, add the cream and vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. Whisk together, then whisk in the honey. Pour over the other ingredients and toss lightly. Add a little ground black pepper to taste (optional).



Filed under 30 min. or less, Side dishes, Summer, Vegetables

2 responses to “Kohlrabi and apple salad

  1. In regards to your comment on our site (I didn’t know if you would check reply comments there):

    Thanks for the encouragement, Christine! I love the stuff on your blog – we love trying new food. We live in Central Florida, which is not something to hide, contrary to popular belief. We have found a few great organizations that coordinate local farmers to sell meats, dairy and vegetables. And while the prices are higher than you standard grocery store, they are comparable and sometimes cheaper than the healthy stores we have been finding organic products in.

    Believe it or not, my wife wants to BE the lady who collected the eggs this morning. BUT, we need a yard for that. One thing a a time. :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Kohlrabi is definitely a little daunting at first glance :)

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