Kohlrabi Som Tam Salad

Kohlrabi Som Tam Salad

This is a great solution for what to do with a CSA basket full of kohlrabi!

This kohlrabi som tam salad is a take on the traditional Thai salad made with unripe papaya. Kohlrabi manages to stand in effortlessly and green apple adds the appropriate amount of sourness. 

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield2 servings as a meal, 4 as a side


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 bird’s eye chilies, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro stems, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or coconut aminos for vegetarian)
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 large kohlrabi (or 4 small), peeled and julienned (cut into long matchsticks)
  • 1 green apple, peeled and julienned
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 green chili, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts, roughly chopped



Add the garlic, chilies, cilantro stems, brown sugar, soy, fish sauce, and lime juice to a large bowl. Mix well. 


Add the tomatoes to the bowl and use a wooden spoon to lightly smash them into the dressing. Add kohlrabi, apple, carrot, green chili, and peanuts and gently smash with the spoon, mixing everything together. Serve immediately.

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