What to make with kohlrabi? Salad with Apple, Bacon, and Snow Peas

I’m finally here at DianasaurDishes.com!  This is definitely a soft launch, there are a lot of broken links in old posts.  Please be patient and keep visiting and I promise to work furiously over the next week to fix things!

I was at the store with my sister a few months ago and saw a giant leafy funny looking plant that I instantly knew I wanted to try. I looked at the sign and saw it was called kohlrabi, unfortunately it was more expensive than I wanted to pay for a vegetable I knew nothing about. So I put aside my excitement, but made a memo in my Treo to learn more about kohlrabi. I added it to my ingredients to try list and let it drift off into my “one day I’ll try it” category. Then came last week Monday; I was picking up our CSA, talking to my friend Becky as she was snipping lettuce for me, then she leaned over looked at a plant and said “Do you cook kohlrabi?” It was like she had just asked if I wanted to win the lottery, a kohlrabi could be mine, already paid for, handed to me like a gift. “Yes!” I said a little too eagerly, then explained “Even if I haven’t before, I do, I’ll cook anything!” “It’s a little small, but you can have one today if you want.”


She snipped off the leaves, and placed the kohlrabi bulb in a bag with my greens. The instant I got home I took it out of the bag and began photographing it like a new parent. My little alien looking vegetable baby was home, and I had great plans for it. I wasn’t sure what my plans were, but I lovingly washed the dirt off, then carefully snipped off a stalk and began taking little tiny bites to discover kohlrabi for myself. It was crisp and juicy like biting into a firm apple, but the taste was more like the stem of broccoli, only slightly sweeter. To me, it tasted of excitement and adventure. I decided that rather than looking for inspiration online, I would simply build a recipe around the taste of the kohlrabi, so I went with the idea of a salad or slaw. I tried grating the kohlrabi but that didn’t work, so used my mandolin to make paper thin slices.

I loved the crunch of the kohlrabi and thought that I wanted to incorporate chunks of apples to add that to the salad since the kohlrabi was sliced so thinly. I also wanted to bring out the sweetness and incorporated more of my CSA bounty by including some shelled snow peas in the mix. For a different kind of crunch, because I LOVE multiple textures in my food, I threw in some sunflower seeds (unsalted). Finally, for a savory touch, I crumbled up a couple slices of bacon, because who doesn’t love bacon?!

I really wanted the freshness of the salad ingredients to shine through, and not be drowned or overpowered by a dressing. I wanted something rich and tangy (but not mayonnaise), so I mixed some buttermilk, cider vinegar and honey until I had a perfect balance. I only used about half of the dressing to keep it light, but the leftovers are great for dipping vegetables, using in cole slaw or spreading on apple slices. I will DEFINITELY make this again, it’s a perfect summery snack and made me a big fan of kohlrabi. If you want great ideas from a variety of people on how to use your CSA, click on the Cooking Away My CSA badge at the top!

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Kohlrabi Salad
makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

1 small kohlrabi bulb
1/4 cup chopped Fuji apple
10 snow peas
1 TBS sunflower seeds (shelled)
2 slices bacon
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 TBS honey

Instructions

Slice the kohlrabi paper thin with a mandolin and mix with chopped apple. Shell the snow peas (I just eat the shell!) and toss them in along with the sunflower seeds. Crumble the bacon finely and mix it in. Refrigerate while making the dressing.

Mix vinegar into the cream and let it sit out for 10 minutes until thick. Add honey and mix well. Add the dressing to the salad a little bit at a time until thinly coated.

Approximate Cost/serving: I’ve seen kohlrabi in the store for $2-4 but as part of my CSA it was only pennies. This snack really only cost me 15 cents!
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: For vegetarian you can omit the bacon, it is completely gluten free.

Kohlrabi on Foodista

**Update**

I decided to try the recipe again with the dressing I had left over and two kohlrabies.  I threw in some cranberries and julienned the apples and kohlrabi instead of chopping and slicing.  Oh man was it good.  I got more crunch from the apple and kohlrabi, and a nice chewiness from the cranberries.  This is so fun to play with!


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20 Responses to “What to make with kohlrabi? Salad with Apple, Bacon, and Snow Peas”

  1. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
    June 22, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    Ooh – your new site looks great! I have never tried kohlrabi before, but it sounds delicious!

    • diana
      June 22, 2009 at 10:31 am #

      Thanks Jen! I’m so excited to finally be switched over, though i still have LOTS of work to do :)

  2. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Your new site is excellent! Congrats! The kohlrabi salad is lovely!

  3. jenn
    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    I love the new site. Has a homey feel to it. Nice job! Aweseom salad too. Bacon makes thing taste better. =)

  4. ValleyWriter
    June 22, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    I just cooked with kohlrabi (from our CSA) for the first time too! This recipe looks yummy, so if we get more this week, I’ll have to give it a try. Congrats on the new site – looks great!

  5. s. stockwell
    June 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Wow, we love your blog and we love your post! you are cooking! best, s

  6. Tan
    June 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Diana, congrats on the new site with your own domain name. Your decide so cute and classy style. Keep it good work!
    Cheers~*
    Tan.;)

  7. Angie's Recipes
    June 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    New sites looks very pleasant.
    Green, red,summer salad looks delicious.

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  9. Julie
    June 24, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    I was just talking with a friend about the excess of kohlrabi in her CSA…I’ll have to forward this post to her!

  10. rebecca subbiah
    June 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    love the new site congrats

  11. Andrea
    June 28, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    I love kholrabi! MyMontana Grandmother grew ton’s of it and made similar type salads. Very delish!

  12. Ashley
    June 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    great looking site. Love the photography of the salad. I’ll be coming back to check things out for sure.

  13. Marge
    June 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I grew up having kohlrabi, since my parents were from Germany.
    We always had it cooked. My husband picked several kohlrabi from our garden, before they got too big. Today it is very hot, so I decided to look for a Kohlrabi salad. I found the Kohlrabi, bacon, peas salad recipe on this site and made it. It was absolutely delicious and will certainly make it often in the future. A great summer salad.
    Thank you.

  14. Stephanie
    July 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Just like a broccoli slaw salad. Yum!

  15. lauren
    July 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Loved the recipe but replaced regular honey with huckleberry honey and no bacon. It was a hit!

    • diana
      July 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      Ooooh, huckleberry honey sounds great!

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