Embrace the vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the season with this delightful Beet Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw. This recipe combines the earthy sweetness of kohlrabi, the rich hue of beets, and the crispness of carrots, resulting in a harmonious medley of textures and tastes. Tossed together with a tantalizing dressing that strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and tanginess, this slaw is a celebration of wholesome ingredients and creative culinary artistry.
Root vegetable salad
During Fall rich foods and warm comfort dishes are everywhere. But hey, that's not a bad thing. However, let's remember that you do not have to have heavy meals just because it's fall and the air is cooler. The following recipe is a beet kohlrabi and carrot slaw. It is a light and easy dish, which is actually perfect for the cool fall weather. It can also be a nice side dish with a heavier dish or as a starter.
Root vegetables are available all year long but during fall, you can find fresh ones which always taste better. The salad is not loaded with many vegetables: beet, carrot and kohlrabi. That's all you need! Their colors fit the season very well and the salad tastes delicious, but you already knew that.
The key to have a great salad is cutting the rough vegetables into thin sticks also known as juliennes. I used a grater to properly cut the vegetables; although you can use any tool you have just make sure you get thin sticks in the end.
The dressing of the salad is sweet and spicy which gives it a nice kick. The spiciness comes from the chili pepper; if you do not like it then just do not use it in the dressing.
Tips to ensure your slaw turns out just as vibrant and delicious as you envision
Freshness is Key
Opt for fresh, crisp vegetables to achieve the best texture and flavor. Look for firm kohlrabi, beets, and carrots that are free from blemishes.
To ensure even mixing and a balanced bite, cut all the vegetables into thin sticks of similar size. This not only enhances the visual appeal but also contributes to a consistent texture.
Sesame Seed Toastiness
Enhance the nutty flavor of sesame seeds by toasting them lightly in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir frequently until they turn golden and release their aroma. Allow them to cool before adding to the slaw.
Dress to Impress
The dressing is the flavor bridge that ties the slaw together. Whisk the silan (date syrup), olive oil, chili pepper, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until well combined. Adjust the chili pepper amount based on your spice preference.
Toss, Don't Drench
Gradually add the dressing to the vegetables and toss gently. The idea is to coat the slaw evenly without overwhelming it with dressing. You can always add more if needed, but it's hard to undo an overly dressed slaw.
For maximum flavor infusion, allow the slaw to marinate in the dressing for about 15-30 minutes before serving. This gives the vegetables time to soak up the flavors.
Customize and Garnish
Feel free to customize the slaw by adding additional ingredients such as chopped fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, or parsley), toasted nuts, or crumbled feta cheese. These elements can elevate both taste and presentation.
Serve with Style
Present your slaw in a visually appealing manner. A clean white serving dish can make the vibrant colors pop, enhancing the overall dining experience.
Keep it Fresh
While this slaw is best enjoyed fresh, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Keep in mind that the colors may bleed slightly over time due to the beets.
Absolutely! While the slaw is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the vegetables and dressing separately ahead of time and combine them just before serving. This ensures that the vegetables remain crisp and vibrant.
Certainly, using pre-cut vegetables can save time. However, make sure they're fresh and not overly processed, as the texture is crucial to the slaw's appeal.
Absolutely, the spiciness of the slaw can be adjusted by varying the amount of chili pepper you include. You can start with a smaller amount and add more if you prefer more heat.
Yes, if you don't have silan, you can use other sweeteners like honey or maple syrup as a substitute. Keep in mind that the flavor might vary slightly and if using honey the slaw is not vegan.
Absolutely, the slaw is versatile. You can experiment by adding ingredients like fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, parsley), toasted nuts, seeds, or crumbled cheese for extra flavor and texture.
The recipe calls for lemon juice, but you can experiment with other citrus juices like lime or even a mild vinegar like apple cider vinegar for a slightly different tang.
Certainly! This slaw can be scaled up easily to accommodate a larger group. Just make sure to adjust the quantities accordingly and consider preparing the dressing in batches for even distribution.
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Make this beet kohlrabi carrot slaw today!
Get ready to explore a culinary adventure that honors the richness of nature's offerings. Embrace the joy of crafting your own Beet Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw, relishing the experience of preparation and indulging in each crispy, flavor-packed mouthful.
Beet Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw
- 1 kohlrabi peeled and cut to thin sticks
- 1 beet peeled and cut to thin sticks
- 2 carrots peeled and cut to thin sticks
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoon silan (date syrup)
- 5 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ chili pepper cut
- 5 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper by your taste
- In a bowl, mix all of the cut vegetables.
- Add the sesame seeds to the bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix all of the dressing ingredients.
- Pour the dressing on top of the vegetables, mix well and dig in!