By Chef: Golubka
Posted: October 22, 2012
I’ve been wanting to try kohlrabi for a while now, aware of its pretty presence in the produce isle. I finally got around to it this week. No searching required, it was right there in front of me at the store, waiting.
For those who have never tried it, kohlrabi is a mild tasting crunchy vegetable, a sort of cross between a cabbage and turnip in taste. I’ve also been on the lookout for purple kohlrabi, which is amazing in its colour, but no luck so far. It works well raw in salads or roasted/steamed for a side dish. Very low in calories and rich in nutrients, a perfect gift of nature.
Look for smaller kohlrabi, about apple sized – they tend to be the juiciest. Don’t throw away the leaves, utilize them – chopped and quickly roasted with garlic, sauteed, or added raw to your salad, morning juice or green smoothie.
In this salad, the crunch of kohlrabi, apple, and summer root veggies combines nicely with the creaminess of avocado and the sunny taste of citrus dressing. It would work well both as a side dish or a light meal, if adjusted to a bigger portion.
- 2 small to medium kohlrabi — peeled
- 4 radishes
- 1 small carrot — peeled
- 1 medium apple
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil (optional, can substitute with olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1- 2 ripe avocados
- handful of chopped walnuts
- chives or dill for garnishing
Thinly slice the kohlrabi, radishes, carrot, and apple using a mandolin or sharp knife. Alternatively, shred everything and place into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine lime and orange juices with the oils, salt, and pepper and pour the dressing over vegetables. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature. Serve with avocado slices, sprinkled with walnuts and garnished with herbs.