This Kohlrabi Winter Salad provides all the freshness of a summer salad with crisp sprout leaves, crunchy kohlrabi and sweet juicy apple.
This Kohlrabi Winter Salad resulted from my quest to eat from my pantry and my freezer and use up as much as I can before I head out shopping again. I despise wasting food and letting it spoil or become freezer-burned Admittedly, I love the challenge of seeing what I can create using only what I have on hand. Denis and I call these my “Something From Nothing” meals.
I’ve made two salmon dinners, one crusted with pistachios and the other with fennel both of which we loved. I also made an Asian-inspired soup with some miso broth that I found in my pantry, and today I made a small dent in my store of root vegetables with this Kohlrabi Winter Salad made with Brussels sprouts and apples.
While I usually steam or roast Brussels sprouts or grate them into salads, like in this fabulous Brussel Sprout Salad with cranberries and pecans, this time I just used the outer leaves as the base for this winter vegetable salad. I scattered some julienned kohlrabi on top, topped it with a mound of sweet julienned apple, and sprinkled it with some hemp hearts. A light dressing made with rice wine vinegar tied it all together. Crisp sprout leaves, crunchy kohlrabi and sweet juicy apple gave us all the freshness of a summertime salad on a gloomy January day.
And then I sat back and felt downright righteous. I’d used in-season veggies and fruit . . . and items from the dark corners of my refrigerator.
Using a julienne tool makes short work of cutting these winter vegetables. I have this one and this mandoline, both of which make julienne cuts super easy. This recipe can be easily halved or doubled.
- 20 - 24 Brussels sprouts
- 1 medium kohlrabi about 4 inch diameter, stem and root ends removed, peeled and julienned.
- 2 crisp organic apples
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Cut out the center core of the Brussels sprouts and remove as many of the fresh outer leaves as you can for the salad. Save the remaining part of the sprout for another use. Arrange the leaves as the base of the salad.
Remove the stem and root ends and peel the kohlrabi. Slice into matchsticks using a julienne tool or a very sharp knife.
Core the apple, but leave the peel on for colour and fiber. Slice into matchsticks or use a julienne tool. Toss with 1 tablespoon lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Arrange the kohlrabi and apple on top of the sprout leaves and sprinkle with hemp hearts.
- Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together and drizzle over the salad just before serving.
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