fennel and kohlrabi salad

When fennel and kohlrabi arrive in your CSA, it can be hard to know what to do. As we transition into fall food, I am still really craving the fresh, crisp foods of summer. So I was glad to stumble on a version of this fennel and kohlrabi salad recipe in the awesome Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual. Crispy julienned vegetables, sliced onions, plenty of parsley and a hint of lemon make for a bracing, palate cleansing slaw-type salad. A nice bit of color, bite and crunch to contrast with the season’s golds and oranges.

This salad could be great with cabbage, celery root, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots or salad turnips.

Fennel and Kohlrabi Salad (adapted from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Franks Castronovo and Falcinelli)

1 small bulb fennel, well-cleaned and trimmed
1 small, tender kohlrabi, peeled and trimmed
1/2 red onion sliced into thin half-moons
1 cup flat leaf parsley, minced
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes
fennel leaves

Julienne the fennel and kohlrabi. Toss with the red onion and parsley. Combine the olive oil and and lemon juice, and drizzle on the dressing, add a few pinches of salt and tons of pepper. Taste, adjust salt and acid levels. Plate and give each serving a good squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a parsley and fennel leaf garnish.


  1. says

    I adore fennel in salads. In fact, in the summer I just go crazy, slicing them thin and scattering them in most every salad I make. You can beat the crisp texture and that distinctive anise flavor.

  2. says

    Yum! We have a bit of an issue here at Brooklyn Supper since Brian doesn’t really like fennel. In fact, I was left to consume this lovely salad all by myself.

    I love anything from the tuber or cabbage family sliced thin with a light lemony vinaigrette. Now, if only I had a mandoline…

  3. David Erwin says

    I could benefit from cooking with more fennel. I tend to be a bit heavy handed with spices; fennel’s super light flavor would force me to keep the paprika under control.


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