Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad

Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad

What is kohl-rabi? Kohl…rabi? Is that how you say it?

What does kohl-rabi taste like? Can you eat the leaves?

That’s a funny looking vegetable! 

I’ve seen kohlrabi at the store, but I don’t know what to do with it. How do you prepare it?

In my life away from this computer, I spend a lot of time talking to people about vegetables and encouraging kids and adults to eat outside of their comfort zones. Fall and winter brings us many vegetables that we are already familiar with and love, including: winter squashes, a variety of greens, and beautiful root vegetables. I’ve found that kohlrabi is one of the most unfamiliar veggies this season and most people have questions about how to prepare it and what to do with it.

Today I have a special treat for you… Check out the video below to learn how easy it is to prepare kohlrabi and see the cooking demo for this delicious recipe.

Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad
Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad
Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad

This recipe can be easily assembled in under ten minutes and is the perfect make-ahead dish for weekday lunches. The ingredients are very flexible so if you don’t have broccoli stalks, you can sub more kohlrabi or cabbage.  And, if a sweeter version is desired, simply add some shredded carrots or apples to the mix!


Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6 - 8
  • 2 medium or 3 small kohlrabi
  • five medium broccoli stalks (one pound)
  • one small head (one pound) red cabbage
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • lemon juice from two lemons (6 tablespoons)
  • large bunch of dill, roughly chopped (about 6 heaping tablespoons)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  1. Peel the kohlrabi and broccoli stalks and grate or process in food processor, until finely shredded. Slice the cabbage finely into ¼-inch thick strips. Put kohlrabi, broccoli, and cabbage into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the lemon zest, lemon juice, dill, olive oil, and garlic clove together and pour over kohlrabi mixture. Add sea salt. Use your hands to massage everything together for about a minute so the flavors will mix and the cabbage will soften. Add the chickpeas and mix. Let sit for about ten minutes.
  3. Top with freshly-ground black pepper and serve. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.


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