Recipe Corner: Mighty Sputnik

This post was imported from my short-lived, now-defunct food blog, Cooking With Ginger.


A couple of weeks ago this strange and seemingly extra-terrestrial vegetable appeared in our organic box delivery. Thanks to the clever citizens of the internet, I quickly discovered it was kolhrabi. Most people recommended I try it raw, and indeed the lovely and famous Clotilde once wrote about the joys of pressing slices of it into a wee pile of sea salt. And it sounds even more exotic in French: le chou-rave! 

In the end I opted for this Kohlrabi Slaw. If you're trying to lose some blubber, SLAWS ARE YOUR FRIEND, people! Sick of lunchtime salads? Tired of grilled fish for dinner? Worrying about how to fit in your Five A Day? Just get out the grater, baby. It's easy to mow through a pile of vegetables when they're in slaw form. And you don't need barrells of mayo either! This recipe calls for just a few tablespoons, but I think it would taste fine if you left it out altogether and just used the lime juice and vinegar. We had this with some tuna steaks and a oven-roasted potato wedges. The kohlrabi is zingy and fresh and makes a nice change from ol' fashioned cabbage-based slaws. Thanks for your help, Internet Detectives!

Serves:  4
Source:  Slashfood

1 large kohlrabi, peeled and grated
1/2 fuji apple, peeled and grated (I used a whole bog-standard Braeburn!)
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 sweet yellow or red onion, thinly sliced
handful of chopped parsley (whoops, forgot this)
juice of half a lime
3 or 4 shakes of sherry wine vinegar (I subbed white wine vinegar)
mayonnaise, just enough to bind ingredients
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Combine everything in a large bowl. Mix well. Chill 30 minutes to blend flavours. Serve. You cannae get easier than that! 

Serving dish courtesy of New Blossom Chinese takeaway down the street. One day I will take a proper photo instead of hasty snaps of leftovers!

5 thoughts on “Recipe Corner: Mighty Sputnik

  1. Loved the recipe but the inclusion of the bananas in the picture was a tortuous reminder of the current lack of bananas back here in Australia. $9.99 a kilo IF you can get them. And they were lying near the thingieslaw so casually, as if to say, “Bananas? Yes, we have bananas.” Well, not here we don’t. Cyclone Larry’s is to blame. But at least I know what to do with the alien vegetable if it ever finds it way into my house.

  2. I can sympathise with Mardieal – I just couldn’t stop looking at the ‘nanas – god, I miss them!!! The slaw looks delicious too.

  3. oh nooo! that really was insensitive. you do have my sympathies, for what is a pavlova without some nanas and passionfruit on top…

  4. $9.99? I live near Coffs Harbour, land of the banana and we are paying over $12 a kg now.

    Who would ever have thought that the humble narnie would become a luxury item.

    Sorry Shauny, the banana’s stole the show.

  5. Yes, sorry if I’ve turned this into a banana shortage forum but I’m having to put frozen rasberries on my porridge and this is causing me angst.

    How much does a scottish person pay for a banana? That’s a real question by the way, not the start of a bad joke.

    I’m in Western Australia where I think we’re eating Carnarvan (north of Perth) bananas – now we seem to be paying $10.99 kg at least.

Comments are now closed on all Dietgirl posts. For fresh conversation please visit me at