Kohlrabi Slaw with Peanut Dressing

I get questions about kohlrabi all the time. What is it? What does it look like? What does it taste like? What do I do with it?

This lovely veggie looks a bit extraterrestrial- it has a green or purple bulb with long stems shooting out from it with wilty leaves at the very top. Once you see it, you’ll never forget it. I could say the same about the taste!

See that purple guy in the front? That’s kohlrabi.

I have a soft spot for strange veggies. Kohlrabi, though, doesn’t taste strange at all. Some people say it’s what would happen if a cabbage reproduced with a turnip- it’s kind of sweet but very starchy. They’re great for fritters and delectable in stir fries. An easy way to give it a try is to use it in a slaw.

Kohlrabi Slaw with steamed veggies and rice

Kohlrabi Slaw with Peanut Dressing

  • 1 medium kohlrabi, outer layers peeled, shredded or julienned
  • 3 medium carrots, shredded or julienned
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp honey or agave
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari or liquid aminos
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2-4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated (1/4 tsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Prepare your dressing by whisking together the honey, rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, peanut butter, hot sauce and ginger until well combined.
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until completely combined. Taste and add more peanut butter, tamari or oil as needed. If you’re looking for a real peanut butter flavor, add 1/2 tbsp more and 1/2 tsp sesame oil.
  3. Toss with the kohlrabi, carrots and scallions. Serve cold. Enjoy!

Note: It’s important that the outer layers of the kohlrabi are completely peeled away. You can tell if you did it right by looking at it closely. If it looks like fibers, keep peeling. It should be smooth like a turnip.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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