If you have never tried using kohlrabi in a recipe before this Kohlrabi Slaw with lime, cilantro and jalapeno is a great starter recipe for beginners. I will walk you through the steps of how to make it, and show you just how easy it is to make this simple summer side dish.

kohlrabi slaw in a bowl overhead

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Why We Love This Recipe

This kohlrabi slaw is a great easy and fresh way to make kohlrabi taste terrific. This veggie is a common summertime veggie with CSA shares and also found at farmers’ markets, and it also happens to be a great storing crop!

In the winter I like to saute kohlrabi with nuts. But at this time of the year it is great served raw. No matter the season, knowing how to prepare it, cut it and make it into a yummy dish is super helpful!

This recipe makes a great side dish for a barbecue, cookout, picnic or potluck. So if you are looking for a fun way to mix up your usual coleslaw this is a great option.

It has a spicy and fresh Mexican recipe vibe that makes it a great accompaniment to not only Burgers and other cookout recipes but it also goes with classic family friendly Mexican dinner recipes like Mexican Chicken Casserole, Chicken Taco Sloppy Joes, Chicken Enchiladas or Veggie Tacos.

For a Mexican inspired cookout, pair this kohlrabi slaw with Mexican Pasta Salad and grilled corn with chipotle lime butter! Throw some Garlic, Lemon chicken with jalapeno on the grill and you’ve got a stellar and inspired meal with a little bit of a spicy kick!

Ingredients For This Recipe

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Kohlrabi: You will need about 2 medium-large kohlrabi for this recipe. Without the stems and leaves the bulbs should weigh about 1 pound.

Jalapeño: To give this slaw a bit of a kick, I added in raw minced jalapeno chile pepper. To make it less spicy scrape out the seeds, before mincing. To make it spicier, include the seeds.

Bell Pepper: For added crunch and color, and sweet taste, I added in orange bell pepper. Choose whichever color you like.

Radishes: You can use regular radishes or watermelon for bright pink color! If you have Daikon you can also use that too. Use the spiralizer or julienne it.

Lime: For the kohlrabi slaw dressing you’ll want fresh lime to make the zest and squeeze the juice. Make sure to zest it first before squeezing!

Honey: To balance the sour lime and the spicy chile pepper I added a small amount of honey. If you are on a sugar free diet you can skip it or substitute monk fruit.

Red Onion: You can use either thinly sliced red onion (which is really pretty) or scallions, which are in season at the same time as kohlrabi and taste just as good.

How To Make Kohlrabi Slaw

prepping the kohlrabi

Step 1a: Remove any stalks and leaves from the kohlrabi bulbs. Cut the root end off the bottom of the bulb. This is pithy and woody. It also creates a flat surface to make it more stable for cutting. Using your Wusthof Classic Knives Cutlery Set with Storage Block, 12 Piece” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow”>knife, cut the thick skin off the bulb.

Step 1b: Cut with spiralizer with the 1/8th-inch “spaghetti” cut blade or use julienne cut with mandoline. Alternatively to cut the kohlrabi by hand, peel it and then cut into slabs. Lastly, cut slabs into fine matchstick julienne cut. This works well for a slaw, and has a similar texture and volume.

whisk dressing and add ingredients

Step 2: Whisk the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey and salt in a large bowl.

Step 3: Add the kohlrabi, radishes, bell pepper, cilantro, onion and jalapeño chile into the large bowl with the dressing. Toss well to combine the veggies and dressing and everything is evenly coated.

tossing the kohlrabi with the dressing

Make Ahead Instructions

The veggies for this slaw can be cut up to four days ahead. Keep them separate. Cut the cilantro at the last minute for best flavor and to keep it fresh. The dressing can be made and kept in a jar up to 4 days ahead. Toss the dressing, slaw and cilantro when ready to serve.

Once the kohlrabi slaw is tossed together, it can be stored in the refrigerator up to 6 hours. It will weep a bit and wilt down but the flavors will still be delicious. Serve with salad tongs and leave any excess moisture in the salad bowl.

FAQs and Expert Tips

What does kohlrabi taste like?

Kohlrabi tastes like broccoli stem. It is lightly sweet and a little spicy (like a radish but less peppery.) It has a very slight sulphur note to it due to the fact that it is in the brassica family.

Can I use a box grater or food processor?

You can use either, but do not go by the total shredded amount, instead start with 1 pound of kohlrabi, then shred it.

Is kohlrabi good for you?

Yes it is. It is low in carbohydrates, starches and sugars, and high in fiber. It is only 35 calories per cup! To read more about kohlrabi be sure to check out our complete guide to kohlrabi.

side view of slaw with a spoon

More Slaw Recipes To Try

  • This Mexican Coleslaw is another cabbage based slaw with simple south of the boarder flavors. It’s great with Fish Tacos or my 20 minute Ground Chicken Tacos too.
  • This Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Slaw is a non-tradiitional coleslaw made with spiralized cukes! The crunchy peanuts and Asian dressing are amazing with the veggies.
  • This Blue Cheese Coleslaw with creamy dressing and walnuts is a total game changer with grilled beef and burgers.
  • My Creamy Classic Coleslaw is much healthier and lower in calories than traditional, thanks to swapping in Greek yogurt for the dressing.
  • This bold and bright Asian Coleslaw is made with a rainbow of veggies and is simple to prepare.
  • I’ve even made slaw with radishes and carrots before! Try it and make this Ginger Maple dressed Radish Salad recipe. It’s delish!
  • This Celeriac Root Salad with Lentils is like a cross between a slaw and a bean salad!

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Kohlrabi slaw overhead with jalapeno

Kohlrabi Slaw

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

This easy Kohlrabi Slaw is made with cilantro, lime and jalapeno with bright and colorful veggies for an easy vegetable side dish to pair with Mexican food or for a summer cookout side dish.


Scale

Ingredients

2 large kohlrabi, about 1 pound

1 teaspoon fresh lime zest

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

1 teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon salt

4 radishes, or 1 small watermelon radish, cut into matchsticks

1 small red or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced

½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped

¼ cup thinly sliced red onion or 2 sliced green onions

2 tablespoons minced jalapeño, or to taste, seeded if desired


Instructions

  1. Cut root end off the bottom of the kohlrabi and any stalks and leaves. Stand on cut end for stability. Peel off thick skin with a sharp paring knife. Cut into spiralized noodles with a spiralizer or into matchsticks by hand or with a mandoline. Trim long spiralized noodles if necessary.
  2. Whisk lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add radishes, bell pepper, kohlrabi, cilantro, red onion and jalapeno and toss to combine.

Notes

Kohlrabi: To cut by hand slice into thin slabs and cut into matchsticks.

Jalapeños: To make the dish less spicy, remove seeds from jalapeno before mincing


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 317 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg