Kohlrabi and Apple Salad Recipe

Make a salad that’s sweet and mildly spicy with kohlrabi and sliced apples.

From "Growing Beautiful Food"
November 2015

  • When your produce aisle is just out back, crisp lettuce, fragrant herbs, or ripe fruit is literally within reach, and your meals will begin to reflect that variety and freshness.
    Photo by Matthew Benson
  • "Growing Beautiful Food" by Matthew Benson is a chronicle of growing food and living sustainably as a transformative experience, with all the joy, folly, work and wonder of it told through evocative words and photographs.
    Cover courtesy Rodale Books

Total Hands-On Time: 20 min

Preparation Time: 15 min

Yield: 4 servings

In his new book, Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener's Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit, (Rodale Books, 2015) author and photographer Matthew Benson writes that beauty inspires behavior, and he believes that we can and will eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably when we grow food that's visually enticing.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Growing Beautiful Food.

Kohlrabi’s physical weirdness is easily overshadowed by its wonderful crunchy, mildly spicy flavor. Mixed here with tart apples, sesame oil, and honey, this salad has a lot of sweet and savory crunch.


2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon local raw honey

1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

2 bulbs purple kohlrabi, trimmed, peeled, and thinly sliced

1 crisp green apple, such as ‘Granny Smith’, core removed, thinly sliced

2 carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal

1 scallion, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped mint


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, and oil until combined.

  2. Add the kohlrabi, apple, carrots, and scallion. Toss to coat well.

  3. Transfer to a serving platter and arrange the slices by layering or shingling on the platter, if desired.

  4. Top with the mint. Serve.

Reprinted from Growing Beautiful Food by Matthew Benson. Copyright © 2015 by Matthew Benson. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.

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