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Thai Kohlrabi Noodle Salad

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Make this colorful, easy salad with kohlrabi noodles! Spiralized kohlrabi noodles make a healthy salad base to pair with fresh, crispy vegetables like red cabbage, red pepper, carrots, radishes and green onion all tossed with a Thai inspired vinaigrette. Enjoy as a crunchy side dish or add a simple protein like tofu, edamame or shrimp for a simple & healthy meal.

A colorful, easy salad with kohlrabi noodles, red cabbage, red pepper, carrots, radishes and green onion all tossed with a Thai inspired vinaigrette.

What’s your favorite cuisine? 

If I had to pick just one, while I’m not sure I could confidently call it my favorite, I think Thai is the one I’d choose if forced to live on it for the rest of my life.

I just love all the bright lemongrass, ginger and cilantro flavors that permeate almost every dish. Tom Kha Gai soup anyone? Loveeee.

So when I found myself with some kohlrabi that I needed an idea for, this Thai inspired kohlrabi noodle salad is what came to mind.

white and purple kohlrabi with stems

WHAT IS KOHLRABI?

If you’ve never seen this odd looking vegetable, let me tell you about it! Kohlrabi is another cultivar from the broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts species. When you taste it, this will make sense.

It’s also sometimes referred to as a “German turnip” even though it’s not the same species as the turnip. 

You may see both the purple and light green varieties. They taste the same and the purple color is solely superficial. The flesh of both is the same lighter color.

Kohlrabi can be eaten raw (like in this salad recipe!) or cooked.

The leaves on top are also edible but unless they’re very young and tender, it’s best to cook them like you would other leafy greens – a simple sautéed preparation like Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard would be perfect.

WHAT DOES KOHLRABI TASTE LIKE?

If I had to describe the taste of kohlrabi, I’d say it’s somewhere in between jicama and broccoli with a hint of cauliflower.

Let me explain…

The texture of raw kohlrabi is very jicama like, aka: crunchy and very refreshing.

The taste, however, is a little stronger than jicama’s neutral flavor and leans more in the direction of a broccoli or cauliflower stem with a hint of cabbage. It’s slightly sweeter and less vegetable/earthy tasting though than its cruciferous counterparts.

Interesting right? It’s one of those things, you sort of just have to try for yourself!

Spiralized kohlrabi noodles make the base of this healthy Thai inspired salad with cabbage, red peppers, carrots, radish, jalapeño and green onion in a simple Asian flavored vinaigrette.

HOW TO EAT KOHLRABI

ENJOY IT RAW

Just like we will today in this kohlrabi recipe, it’s a great crunchy addition to any cold salad. You could even slice it into matchsticks and dip in hummus for a snack.

ROASTED

Roasting is probably my favorite way to enjoy most vegetables and kohlrabi is no outlier in this.

It brings out a certain sweetness when the outside of the vegetable caramelizes that just can’t be mimicked in any other preparation.

Roasting also tones down strong flavors in many vegetables (which is why roasting radishes is my favorite way to enjoy those) so if you find the raw flavor of kohlrabi to be too strong for your liking, roasting is a great option!

A simple toss in avocado oil, salt, pepper and maybe some granulated garlic in a 400-425°F oven for about 20-25 minutes is always a great fallback method.

SOUP

Kohlrabi is a great option for soup! 

Cut it up in chunks and add to a hearty soup like minestrone or replace the potatoes in this Reuben Soup for a lower carb option. 

Or, use it in a creamy pureed soup like Creamy Carrot Soup with White Beans and Fennel, Creamy Broccoli Soup with Crispy Shallots or Creamy Garlic Brussels Sprout Soup.

MASH IT

I love making mashed vegetable concoctions as a side dish or a base to a stew or chili like Instant Pot Beef and Mushroom Stew

The beauty of vegetable mashes is you can be creative.

I will often throw potatoes, cauliflower and another root vegetable (like parsnips or turnips) in a steamer until fork tender then blend them together in a food processor with some milk, butter/oil and seasonings for a mashed side dish. Kohlrabi is perfect for this preparation.

If you want to try it, use the recipe for Celery Root Puree swapping out kohlrabi instead.

Bright colorful vegetables and kohlrabi noodles make a deliciously healthy vegetarian salad dressed with a Thai vinaigrette.

Ok, now that we have the basics of the vegetable down, let’s talk about this kohlrabi noodle salad recipe!

While I resisted buying a spiralizer for many years, you should know by now that I just love it.

It’s totally worth having another kitchen gadget to store and it’s my favorite way to prepare kohlrabi if I’m going to eat it raw.

I mean honestly, curly noodles make any vegetable more fun, right?

MORE SPIRALIZED NOODLES!

A simple kohlrabi noodle recipe that takes inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of a Thai salad.

HOW TO MAKE KOHLRABI NOODLES

  1. First, trim the kohlrabi by cutting off the leafy stems so you’re left with just the bulb. 
  2. Thinly slice off the end(s) of the vegetable if there’s any scarring or tough spots.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off a thin layer of the exterior flesh.
  4. Attach kohlrabi to your spiralizer using the largest noodle setting.
  5. Keep pressure on the spiralizer (it’ll take a little elbow grease to spiralize versus something softer like zucchini) while turning to create the kohlrabi noodles.

You can see this entire process in the video within this post.

ASSEMBLE THE SALAD

Now that we have our kohlrabi noodles, add them to a large bowl with the rest of the prepared vegetables.

I used thinly sliced red cabbage, red Bell pepper (any color will do), a seeded jalapeño for some heat (optional), sliced radishes, shredded carrots and sliced green onions.

Lots of fresh cilantro and both black and white sesame seeds can be added at the end for garnish.

MAKE THE THAI VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

To prepare the dressing, simply whisk together all the following ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup to pour over the kohlrabi noodle salad before serving:

  • avocado oil
  • sesame oil
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce (gf options in recipe details below)
  • honey (vegan options in recipe details below)
  • lime juice
  • lemongrass paste
  • ginger puree (or minced ginger)
  • minced garlic
  • water

If you don’t have these ingredients on hand or simply don’t want to make the dressing (hey, I have lazy days too!), just use your favorite store-bought Asian flavored dressing!

The big flavors in this recipe are sesame, soy and lime – most Asian inspired dressings have those components.

Make kohlrabi noodles by spiralizing the whole vegetable and then tossing with fresh vegetables in this easy Thai salad.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THAI KOHLRABI NOODLE SALAD

If you want to make a meal of this kohlrabi salad recipe, you can easily add some shelled edamame, grilled/cooked shrimp or crispy tofu to it for some protein.

The salad would also be delicious as a side dish to Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, a Simple Skillet Pork ChopSticky Thai Chicken or, Chinese Boneless Spare Ribs.

STORING LEFTOVERS

If you’re not feeding a crowd and have leftover salad, this keeps in the refrigerator for about 3 days.

All the raw vegetables will retain their crunch and freshness so you can easily enjoy this after the first day.

Make this colorful, easy Thai flavored salad with kohlrabi noodles! Spiralized kohlrabi noodles make a healthy salad base. Pair with fresh crispy vegetables & an Asian inspired vinaigrette.

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Thai kohlrabi noodle salad

Thai Kohlrabi Noodle Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Make this colorful, easy Thai flavored salad with kohlrabi noodles! Spiralized kohlrabi noodles make a healthy salad base. Pair with fresh crispy vegetables & an Asian inspired vinaigrette.

Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD

  • 2 kohlrabi, spiralized into noodles
  • 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 large radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • sesame seeds for garnish

FOR THE DRESSING

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (*see note for GF substitutes)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (**see note for vegan substitutes)
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pureed (or minced) ginger
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl and toss together.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl. Pour over the salad and toss until well coated.
  3. Garnish with sesame seeds and lime wedges.

Notes

*Coconut aminos or Tamari can be used in place of soy sauce.

**Use agave or granulated sugar for vegan alternative

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 523mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 7gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g

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Beth Sachs

Monday 3rd of August 2020

What a beautiful looking salad and it sounds amazing too. I'm always looking for recipes with kohlrabi.

Beth

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Yummy! This looks interesting and tasty! Can't wait to give this a try!

Jen

Monday 3rd of August 2020

We love trying new dishes and this one was a big hit! I think we'll try roasting Kohlrabi next. Thanks for sharing!

Helen of Fuss Free Flavours

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I have to agree that Thai food is so flavorsome, and deliciously fresh, it could easily be my choice of favourites. I have seen Kohlrabi but could not have told you much about them, it really is interesting to learn about. Your salad looks amazing, and sounds so tasty. Perfect for a summer meal, and full of goodness too. I will certainly have to try it out myself.

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