Monday, 19 July 2010 17:10

Kohlrabi Slaw

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Have you tried Kohlrabi?

My cousin Rocio recently shared her recipe for a delicious summer coleslaw with the items from her CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box – one of which was Kohlrabi.  It was so good, we just had to share!

Kohlrabi coleslawIngredients

  • 2 ½ cups of Kohlrabi, peeled and shredded  (with the protective larger skin removed in medium to large size bulbs, small kohlrabi bulbs generally do not need to be peeled)
  • ½ cup of shredded Turnips
  • ½ cup of shredded Carrots
  • ½  head of Cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil Mayo
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Use a cheese grater or food processor to shred the peeled kholrabi, turnips and carrots.  You can do it the old fashioned way, with a simple knife, but the grater and food processor will save you a lot of time.  A mandolin slicer was used to shred the cabbage.

Combine all the shredded veggies in a large bowl. 

The veggies release enough water to make the mayo combination nice and creamy.   You can add mayo, salt and pepper to taste. 

Why do we love this simple recipe?  The ingredients are good for you!

Carrots – are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene, fiber, calcium, potassium and other trace minerals.

Kholrabi – are high in vitamins A and C and minerals potassium and calcium.

Turnips – are good source for vitamin C, potassium and calcium.

What is Kohlrabi?

KohlrabiThese tasty green or purple colored turnips can be eaten raw or cooked and are similar in taste to broccolli stems.   The folks over at Green Earth Institute give this unusual looking veggie a big thumbs up.

“With only 36 calories, one cup of raw kohlrabi has nearly 5 grams of fiber and is an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source of Potassium. Kohlrabi contains important phytochemicals such as indoles, sulforaphane and isothiocynates. Indoles are believed to be potentially significant anti-cancer compounds and are found in other cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. These plant compounds are not destroyed in cooking, and the bioactivity of indoles may actually be increased by cooking.”

To learn more about this fun veggie and try in some recipes, visit:

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