I’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.
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
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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