Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Invasion of the Alien Vegetables!

Kohlrabi always makes me think of space aliens. Just look at it. It’s probably the single weirdest vegetable, except for maybe Brussels sprouts on the stalk. Kohlrabi looks like it’s from another planet, and I can imagine hundreds of kohlrabies parachuting down from the sky, leaves spread wide and blocking out the rays of the sun, on their way to invade planet Earth. But their sweet and mild cabbage/turnip-like flavor assures me the kohlrabies come on a mission of good, not evil.

Kohlrabi-Carrot Slaw
Printable Recipe

¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 kohlrabi bulbs trimmed, peeled, and julienned
2 carrots, julienned
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the kohlrabi and carrot and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6. If possible, select kohlrabies with the greens attached—kohlrabi greens are great cooked like Garlicky Braised Kale.


5secondrule said...

Lucy, I pride myself on having tried and prepared most vegetables, but I don't think I've ever bought or cooked kohlrabi. I'm guessing I've eaten it without realizing it, but who knows?

Your salad reminds me of my favorite French picnic fare -- celery root rapee.

James said...

We just got some Kolrabi from our veggi coop this week, it was a choice between it and scallions, I never had it before but it looked worthy of trying. I just finished pealing and eating one, it was crunchy, sweet and satisfying. Did you know it is basically the same species as Brussels Sprouts?

Mauro said...

I'm sorry, but the weirdest vegetable ever are "Buddha's Hands" (they're actually a fruit). I saw some at the supermarket the other day and was afraid to even touch them, they look like Lovecraftian horrors made flesh:


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