August 3, 2020

Kohlrabi and radish slaw

A crisp and refreshing slaw made with kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, and a sweet poppy seed dressing. This slaw is a delicious summer side dish and perfect with cookouts and picnics.

Kohlrabi is a cultivar of wild cabbage and is a cruciferous vegetable family along with cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and others. You may have seen them popping up at your local farmers' market or in your CSA boxes this year. They are a delicious vegetable that you can eat both cooked and raw.

After you remove the leaves and peel off the skin, you are ready to use your kohlrabi. You may find them in both green and purple. I used green for this recipe.

I paired the kohlrabi with another popular vegetable this time of year - the slightly spicy radish. Along with sweet carrots, and a sweet poppy seed dressing, these flavors all combine into one delicious slaw.

Serve this kohlrabi and radish slaw along side any cookout, barbeque, or picnic foods. It's versatile and pairs with everything from grilled meats to deli sandwiches. I love slaw with barbecue chicken and baked beans.

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Yield: about 6 servings
Author: Amy Bartlett (Savory Moments)
Kohlrabi and Radish Slaw

Kohlrabi and Radish Slaw

A crisp and refreshing slaw made with kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, and a sweet poppy seed dressing. This slaw is a delicious summer side dish and perfect with cookouts and picnics.


  • 3 cups peeled and shredded kohlrabi (about 1 medium kohlrabi)
  • 1 cup shredded radish
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Stir together the kohlrabi, radish, and carrot in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir the dressing into the vegetables. Check and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Cover and refrigerate for about an house before serving.


I use the shredding blade of my food processor for preparing the vegetables.
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I hope you try this slaw! Let me know in the comments below.

Check out these other side dishes:

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Lemon & Chive Kohlrabi Fritters

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  1. Sign me up for this! I am adding Kohlrabi to my grocery list. We love slaws and I am drooling over this one.

  2. I have 2 bulbs of Kohlrabi in my refrigerator just waiting for this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Now I wish I had bought the kohlrabi this morning when I was in ALDI. The slaw looks so crunchy and tasty with poppy dressing.

  4. I love coleslaw on top of BBQ chicken sandwiches! This sounds like a wonderfully flavorful version!

  5. I'm always looking for new slaw recipes. This version looks yummy.

  6. I seriously need to hunt down some kohlrabi! I love that vegetable family and your slaw sounds fabulous.

  7. I've never had kohlrabi before, I need to find some and give this a try!

  8. kohlrabi is an ingredient that I've never used. I see it, but never buy it. This salad is an inspiration to change that. Thanks!

  9. I've made kohlrabi slaw but not thought about adding radish. YUM! I love radishes so I'm trying that next time.

  10. I love slaw as a side in the summer. It is always so refreshing! I am looking forward to trying your recipe. It looks wonderful!


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