Kohlslaw: A Fresh Twist on a Traditional Recipe

6 Jul
by Deanne

We usually make coleslaw at our restaurant with cabbage.  However last Saturday the farmers’ market, the one that we hold in our restaurant’s parking lot, had kohlrabi.  It is something I’d never heard about before living in Minnesota. I thought it looked really strange, kind of like a little alien with lots of arms.  Since it is not an alien, but an abundant crop this time of year, I did a little research and found this picture and helpful information from Sweetwater Organic Community Farm in Florida.Picture of kohlrabi looking like an alienI heard farmers’ market patrons as well as restaurant customers proclaim that they love kohlrabi.  I’ve asked them how they like to prepare it.  The most common response…just bite into it like an apple.

For our FarmerChef special on July 4th we re-thought the idea of doing a patriotic recipe and kept it simple by making a slaw with kohlrabi added together with scallions and carrots from the garden.

Kohlslawpicture of kohlrabi and carrots

  • 4-5 kohlrabi
  • 2 carrots
  • 5-6 scallions
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar (could be brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

Peel the thick skin off the kohlrabi and cut into pieces. Then grate with either a food processor or by hand. 

Peel and grate the carrots.  Rinse and cut the scallions on the bias. 

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl.  Then pour over the veggies and mix well until all have been coated.

Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.  

Have you ever eaten kohlrabi? What kinds of dishes do you like to make with kohlrabi?

6 Responses to “Kohlslaw: A Fresh Twist on a Traditional Recipe”

  1. idreamofeden at 7:48 pm #

    kohlrabi reminds me of an extraterrestrial too! We picked our first one from the garden two nights ago. I decided on a slaw also, but yours looks tasty! Thanks for a new recipe for this new unfamiliar vegetable!

    • realocalcooking at 10:20 am #

      Thanks for sharing. I so appreciate reading your perspectives of motherhood and gardening on your current post. Both: growing kids and growing veggies ultimately change a person.

  2. Susan at 3:08 pm #

    Funny enough… the first time I tried a kohlrabi was last year. I was hooked. My favorite thing to do with kohlrabi is peel it, cut it in small sticks and eat it with real creamy peanut butter. Second favorite is with guacamole and salsa. And I’ll definitely try your slaw!

    • realocalcooking at 1:58 pm #

      Yum! Any way to eat peanut butter is a good thing. Do you think it is a Tharp family thing? We were raised to eat peanut butter on a spoon for a snack.

  3. Brooke at 10:13 am #

    This sounds great! We love making fresh coleslaw and are excited to try KOHLslaw :)

    • realocalcooking at 1:50 pm #

      Thanks for the comment. We had so much fun touring your farm today. We watered our two new little plants right when we got home and will plant them in just the right spot soon.

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