Kohlrabi Slaw / 凉拌甘蓝

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Kohlrabi, also called "German turnip", is a member of the cabbage family but has a turnip like appearance. It tastes more like broccoli stem and is wonderfully crisp. The name comes from the German "Kohl" (meaning cabbage) and "Rabi" (meaning turnip). Smaller kohlrabi are sweet, tender, juicy and really delicious eaten raw.
This crunchy slaw is really quick and easy to make, it's a really nice and refreshing side dish to enjoy in these hot summer days.

  • 3 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, toasted and coarsely ground
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 5 tbsp Mazola corn oil
  • 1 head Kohlrabi, peeled and grated
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Parsley or dill, chopped
  1. Place white wine vinegar, mustard, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl. Gradually whisk in oil until well-blended.
  2. Rinse kohlrabi with cold water. Cut top and root end from kohlrabi. Peel kohlrabi to remove the fibrous skin. Use a mandoline to grate the bulb finely. Peel and grate the carrot. Half the red onion, remove the skin and slice it thinly. Toss grated vegetables, chopped parsley with prepared dressing and chill for several hours before serving.
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kitchen flavours 28/7/10 08:31

The kohlrabi looks just like our local turnips, which are really juicy, crunchy and sweet too! Your kohlrabi slaw looks really fresh and appetising! I wouldn't mind a plate of this!

MaryMoh 28/7/10 08:44

Mmmm...I like this. Would be so good with BBQ. The weather is getting warmer here now and looking forward to some BBQ.

pegasuslegend 28/7/10 09:07

this is perfect for any picnic!

Abhilash 28/7/10 10:09

Thats a easy recipe. Never thought of such a prepration

TasteHongKong 28/7/10 10:22

I'm thinking how nice it will be to top it on a dish of cold noodles.

Sophie 28/7/10 11:42

A lovely & delightful kohlrabi slaw!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...a real treat!

Belinda @zomppa 28/7/10 11:50

Absolutely right - great for picnics and grills!

Ju (The Little Teochew) 28/7/10 11:53

It's the perfect side dish! Looks so good!

Christine@Christine's Recipes 28/7/10 13:06

This crunchy slaw is very healthy and refreshing! Love this dish.

Chef E 28/7/10 14:54

I LOVE SLAW- No matter where a friend and I go, if we see it on a menu, we order it! Yours looks great!

alison 28/7/10 15:05

wow,kohlrabi(gulia in romanian)it's very good in salads,like your tasty salad!another dish with it is stuffed kohlrabi,with meat and vegetables,boiled in tomatoes sauce.

Jenn 28/7/10 15:29

I love coleslaw...this looks delicious!!

Anncoo 28/7/10 16:15

Mmm...this is lovely..I can feel the crisp and crunch of this salad.

Cinnamon Girl 28/7/10 16:21

I never had kohlrabi Angie, but your slaw is so summery and delicious looking! Would love to try it!

Claudia 28/7/10 16:25

Kohlrabi is prevalent at the St. Paul Farmer's Market- I must try this - fresh and simple and summery. I love the addition of the cumin seeds - yes!

lisa is cooking 28/7/10 16:28

Kohlrabi is perfect for a slaw, but I never thought of using that way before. Looks delicious!

Jo 28/7/10 16:55

Looks like the perfect side dish for a roast chicken or even fried fish. Love the colours of the veggies

Kumi 28/7/10 17:06

Mmmm... Looks very refreshing. Perfect for hot summer days! Now I'm regretting not growing kohlrabi this year..

Gina -aka-spcookiequeen 28/7/10 17:37

I've never had Kohlrabi, I want to try it though. It looks so refreshing the way you made it!

Biren 28/7/10 17:43

I do not use kohlrabi very often but it is sweet and has a nice crisp text. Khlrabi is perfect in this slaw. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous 28/7/10 18:00

This is a great summer side dish :) Love it!

Honey Bee Sweets 28/7/10 18:02

Looks like a real refreshing side dish. Definitely give this a try over the usual coleslaw next time, thanks!

Joy 28/7/10 18:04

That looks great. I have never had Kohlrabi. How does it taste?

3 hungry tummies 28/7/10 19:39

Lovely cold dish and I learnt something new, kohlrabi in Chinese :)

Yummy Team 28/7/10 20:44

Colorful n lovely dish..Fabulous clicks..

Jess @ Bakericious 28/7/10 20:59

this looks gd, looks so refreshing and crunchy.

Cool Lassi(e) 28/7/10 22:02

The slaw looks fabulous and very colorful!

Faith 28/7/10 22:49

What a pretty, refreshing slaw! I've actually never had kohlrabi but it sounds delicious!

Priya 28/7/10 22:53

Such a fabulous, refreshing slaw..

tigerfish 28/7/10 23:38

This is so refreshingly summer!

Cook with Madin 29/7/10 02:14

Hi Angie, I never had kohlrabi, I always see them in the market but never bought some. For sure I will be buying some. Your slaw looks great and refreshing, I can't wait to try them.

Olive 29/7/10 02:17

I've never heard or seen kohlrabi until now, glad to learn something new today..your kohlrabi slaw looks delicious, perfect for grilled meats!

RV 29/7/10 02:54

Gorgeous Summery dish. I can top it on a Indian pappad and I am sure it will taste great.

Chow and Chatter 29/7/10 05:11

looks great they love slaw here in the South lol

arthi 29/7/10 05:34

perfect for the summer!! nice clicks!!

Dishesdone 29/7/10 05:48

Looks great, nice change from cabbage Cole slaw!

Michelle 29/7/10 05:50

Such a pretty slaw and I love the little fish bowl..how cute it that! I've really cut down on my dish buying and I think I'm about due for a major china buying day!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 29/7/10 07:28

Never had kohlrabi before but this looks wonderful. I think I could really get into this!

Jeannie 29/7/10 07:57

Have not seen this kind of turnip in this part of the world before....looks good with all the colors in it.

Cheah 29/7/10 09:48

This looks so yummy and light! As usual, your pics say it all!

~Dana 29/7/10 09:52

Oh my! You are AMAZING!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 29/7/10 11:25

look so beautiful and refreshing.

My Little Space 29/7/10 13:01

Ooo... this is such a lovely & delightful salad. Hmm..mmm... I'm loving it too! Hope you're enjoying your day.
Cheers, Kristy

alwayswinner786 29/7/10 13:58

Kohlrabi is new to me but I will love to try it as your recipe look so fresh and healthy, perfect for summer!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi 29/7/10 15:29

Not just easy but healthy too! I wish I can give kohlrabi a shot to see how it tastes like on me. Only available in Germany and other parts of Europe!?

Mary 29/7/10 16:18

What a lovely twist on an old favorite. This sounds really delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

☺lani☺ 29/7/10 16:29

Interesting to learn the name of that vege. "kohlrabi", i bet the taste is good too! Thanks for sharing with us! Have a nice day!

Angie's Recipes 29/7/10 16:47

Pei-Lin: It's available everywhere in Europe, the states, and China...I remember my mum calls it "大头菜" 。

Magic of Spice 29/7/10 17:39

This looks so good...The flavors are wonderful here, and so fresh :)

Lazaro Cooks! 29/7/10 18:02

I'd love to take this to the beach this weekend. Fantastic job with the cutting of the veg, lovely presentation.

Foodessa 29/7/10 18:49

Angie...you just pushed me to use Kohlrabi in a very different way.
I usually make sticks of it and use it to snack on while I'm preparing a meal. Anything to stay away from unhealthy choices ;o) I also use it in stir frys and soups...however, I never shredded for a tasty slaw.
I'll certainly try that next.

Have a great weekend,


I'm so excited about this because I never know what to do with kohlrabi! Thanks--it looks amazing!

Joanne 30/7/10 02:42

This is the prettiest slaw I've ever seen! I've never had kohlrabi but it looks and sounds delicious.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 30/7/10 03:27

I've seen kohlrabi at the farmers market and wasn't sure what to do with it. I'll definitely buy it now and try it your way.

Pete 30/7/10 07:42

Haven't tried this before but looks like it got very interesting and crunchy texture...mmm!

Nadji 30/7/10 10:31

Une salade bien fraiche comme je les aime.
Bonne journée et à bientôt.

Anonymous 30/7/10 11:32

Lovely salad! Can't wait to make it during our summer.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi 30/7/10 16:08

Just consulted my mom. Probably I'd had it before, but wasn't aware that I was eating kohlrabi. LOL! I'll try to source it and give it a try. Thanks, Angie! =)

Stella 30/7/10 17:50

Yum! Coleslaw should be part of every meal, or at least every lunch:). Now I know what to do with the organic kohlrabi I always see at the store!

Anonymous 30/7/10 23:09


OysterCulture 1/8/10 15:10

What a great idea, I never would have thought to serve kohlrabi like this and the entire salad just sounds so delish.

nora@ffr 1/8/10 18:40

angiee!! this is exactly my type of salad!! i must give a try with Kohlrabi.. is it available from all groceries? :D thanx a lot for sharing!!

Angie's Recipes 1/8/10 19:33

Hi Nora Long time no see! How have you been? Still busy, I guess?
Kohlrabi is available from all the supermarkets here in Germany.

Cindy Waffles 2/8/10 06:49

Kohlrabi slaw looks awesome! I've had kohlrabi many times before, but I've only recently learned that it was called kohlrabi.


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