Kohlrabi and Mango Salad

Kohlrabi Mango SaladI’ve been hearing a lot about kohlrabi lately. I’ve never bought kohlrabi, never eaten it (to the best of my knowledge), and have certainly never cooked with it before. But I’m always into trying new vegetables, and in fact sometimes I buy something that I have absolutely no idea how to cook on purpose, to force myself to try it! You see I hate wasting food, so if it’s sitting there in the veggie drawer in the fridge, I will sooner or later find a way to use it.

Debbie, meet Kohlrabi. Kohlrabi, this is Debbie. She is going to eat you up!

Kohlrabi comes in both purple and green, but both varieties have the same ivory-colored flesh inside. It is a member of the antioxidant-rich brassica family (along with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts).

It can be eaten raw or cooked, but at this time of the year it is especially popular grated or julienned into salads. I’ve heard the flavor described as a marriage between broccoli and cabbage….and I guess that seems correct, but I found the flavor to be pleasant and mild.

Kohlrabi must be peeled well – I used a knife to take off thick slices of the gnarly outer skin and the fibrous layer that is just under the skin. But it is quick and easy to cut, and the flesh underneath is crisp, crunchy and not tough at all. Choose smaller bulbs as the flesh will be sweeter and more tender.

Mango, cilantro and lime are combined with the kohlrabi to make this tasty, refreshing side salad which is incredibly simple to throw together, but looks really cool! My salad is based off this one here.

Kohlrabi and Mango Salad

Serves 2
1 kohlrabi, peeled and julienned
½ large mango, still firm, julienned
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
Splash of fresh lime juice

1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
2. Chill in the fridge for an hour or so before eating.

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26 Comment

  1. Debbie says:

    Interesting mix of flavors. I love mango and kohlrabi so I know I will be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks Debbie, its a tasty and refreshing salad, I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I have yet to cook/make anything with kohlrabi–I love how fresh and colorful this is. Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays. 😉

    1. Debbie says:

      Wow, I wasn’t the only one then 🙂

  3. I’ve never had kohlrabi, but your salad looks so good, I’ll look for it. Sounds like a delicious combination with the mango!

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks Carol, the mango definitely adds a great dimension to the flavor

  4. I like the combo. I’m a big fan of kohlrabie. We used to grow it in the garden growing up and the farm I buy my produce from has been selling them. I slice them and sprinkle with salt and it them like chips. So yummy. Hubby doesn’t like it though, but I would bet he would love it like this! This is a must try.

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks France. I can’t believe that I never heard of kohlrabi growing up, but I am very happy to have discovered it now 🙂 Well I hope your hubby will like eating is this way!

  5. Amber says:

    Hi Debbie,

    I LOVE Kohlrabi! I make a simple summer salad with it and just a splash of salt and lemon. I love the use of mango…I can tell this is just delicious. Thanks for sharing with us on AFW this week, Debbie. I always look forward to your recipes.


    1. Debbie says:

      I remember that salad of yours….it was one of the things that give me the inspiration to go and try kohlrabi for myself!

  6. I haven’t had kohlrabi since I was a kid.

    1. Debbie says:

      Sounds like it’s time to try it again then!

  7. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Debbie,
    I just love this Salad, it is a great summertime salad. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. found you through Fit and Fabulous… I haven’t eaten kohlrabi for years. A neighbor would plant it in his garden and give them to us kids to eat. Have got to try this recipe. Would love for you to share some of your recipes on our Linky Party. http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com/2012/07/foodie-friends-friday-linky-party-5.html

  9. Hi, Found you on Foodie Friends Friday. Thanks for coming by and linking up. I shared this on the vegan board at reddit.com as well as I am excited to try Kohlrabi! Thanks!

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks for sharing this on reddit.com, that’s awesome!

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  11. Well, I just tried celery root and loved it, now this veggie is also strange looking. I will give it a try with your recipe.

  12. Sounds like a great, refreshing summer side! Thanks for sharing it on GAPS Friendly Friday!

  13. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  14. Light, summery, goodness. I like the idea of a quick, simple salad like this for a side dish when it is so hot like it has been. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

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  17. Amee says:

    This sounds delicious! I need to try this kholrabi….sounds great. Thank you for sharing this lovely dish at Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!

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