Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kohlrabi & Apple Salad

Summer Farmers' Market Series

I went to Madison's North Side Farmers' Market this Sunday and left with some fresh strawberries, sugar snap peas and a 3 huge kohlrabi.  Kohl..what??  Kohlrabi belongs to the cabbage family and is native to Northern Europe. It means green turnip in German.

Kohlrabi is an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. It also contains good quantities of vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium and copper. The vegetable not only improves circulation, it also helps stabilize blood sugar levels and alleviate health conditions such as hypoglycemia and diabetes. Finally, Kohlrabi is low in calories and high in fiber, which makes it an excellent food to eat if you are trying to lose weight (1 cup is only 36 calories!!).

I searched online for some Kohlrabi recipes and ended up combiningg a few of them to come up with the salad below.

3 kohlrabi, peeled and julienned
2 apples, julienned
1/2 small red onion, shredded
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs grainy Mustard
1/2 tsp coriander
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl (you can use your food processor/shredder to slice kohlrabi and apples if you want it to be more of a slaw).   In another bowl, whisk ingredients together for the dressing. Taste for seasoning and dress salad generously with dressing. Mix well and serve.

Here are more Kohlrabi recipes that I thought would be worth trying;

1. Roasted Kohlrabi
2. Kohlrabi Home Fries

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