These kohlrabi recipes are the best ways to use this unique vegetable! Try it in fritters, salads, slaws, and more.

Kohlrabi recipes

Got a bulb of kohlrabi and not sure how to use it? Kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable and belongs to the same family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale. So it’s no surprise that the flavor of kohlrabi is like broccoli stems! Also known as the German turnip, it’s popular in German and Hungarian cuisine. It comes in both green and purple varieties and is easiest to find at farmer’s markets, though you can also come across it at grocery stores, too.

The texture of kohlrabi is crunchy and hydrating: it’s similar in texture and flavor to jicama. So it’s at its best used raw, like in salads or slaws. Perhaps you’re not immediately sure how to use this alien-looking veggie? Here are our top kohlrabi recipes for ways to use using this unique vegetable, from fritters to salads!

And now…5 fun kohlrabi recipes!

Why not to make roasted kohlrabi?

Roasting vegetables typically brings out a sweet and tender flavor. You’d think that roasted kohlrabi is a natural way to use cook it: right? Unfortunately, roasted kohlrabi isn’t the best way to highlight this vegetable. It comes out bland and squishy, a much less satisfying bite than the hydrating crunch of its raw self.

Roasted kohlrabi tastes a bit like roasted turnips (which we don’t love either). Even when we doused it in butter and Parmesan cheese, it still didn’t taste great. All three of us in this household gave it 2 thumbs down. So we recommend using kohlrabi in raw preparations (or those fritters, above). You’ll be glad you did!

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Kohlrabi Slaw

5 Fun Kohlrabi Recipes: Kohlrabi Slaw & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Looking for kohlrabi recipes? This kohlrabi slaw is bright, crunchy and zingy: the perfect way to highlight this unique vegetable!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups kohlrabi (1 pound), peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup carrots (about 2 large carrots), julienned or shredded
  • 1 apple, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sugar 
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the kohlrabi, carrots, apple, green onion, and parsley as noted above. 
  2. Mix in a bowl with the olive oil, white wine vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and kosher salt. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate 1 to 2 days. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Kohlrabi recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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