Cucumber and kohlrabi salad

cucmber and kohlrabi salad

After the heartbreaking reveal with purple kohlrabi (earlier post- knolkhol poriyal), I had to redeem my hopes with just the good green one. Once the restrictions had lifted, we headed to the large farmers market. I love going to the large market for the freshness of ingredients and preferably when I know I have time that week to cut, prep, cook, pickle etc. Currently, being on a job stand down it leaves me ample time for all these whimsical travels. 

The Paddy’s market, Sydney

Paddy 's market, Sydney

Paddy market is one of Sydney’s largest marketplaces. It is huge for all things from clothes to farm produce. Originally called the hay market, the building has a history from 1909 this is more of a tourist hub.
The second part of it is in Flemington that we picked up the farm produce from. The Flemington market is well known for the freshness of produce and also carries a lot of Asian vegetables and fruits. Adjacent to that is the incredible flower market. This is one of the places I am always excited to go. Follow safe COVID directions when you are heading this way. Keep safe and keep your near and dear safe as well. We were quite happy to see the temperature testing and tagging done before you enter the market region as well.

Our picks


The markets are now filled with beautiful root crops. Kohlrabi is the sweetest for the season, so fresh that it just was perfect having it raw. A couple of stashed of beets, a big tub of tomatoes, yum oranges and pears and many more made it back home with us. While driving back there were a billion ideas that I wanted to do. With the kohlrabi, the crunch of the cucumbers was all that was needed. The sweetness of the kohlrabi slices had no opposition from the watery cucumbers. So we have the cucumber kohlrabi salad set.

Now for the mint dressing

In the backyard, my tiny kitchen garden gave me Mint and Vietnamese mint. Mint has a mild sweet flavour. The Vietnamese mint, on the other hand, is peppery. It is a subtle spicy aftertaste very similar to a betel leaf. It is spicy without the chilli heat. both these are hardy herbs to grow in most temperate seasons. Finely chopped herbs with lemon, olive oil and salt and the dressing are done.

cucumber and kholrabi salad

Here is a pointer

When you use olive oil for salads use the cold-pressed one for that flavour burst. So the lesser you need to keep your salad non-greasy.

Adding this cucumber and kohlrabi salad to Shh cooking secretly challenge

shh cooking secretly

Since the shh cooking secretly blogger group was working on Summer salads as it’s the theme, the sweet kohlrabi and cucumbers were the first choice. This theme was suggested by Kalyani and my partner is Mayuri. Mayuri is a gem of a blogger and her unique background and extensive travels make her blog exciting to follow. She gave me olive oil and mint as the ingredients. I was immensely happy as the mint patch in my backyard had decided to give the freshest of leaves. Mayuri has put together a beautiful rainbow salad bowl with the cucumber and black pepper that I gave her as secret ingredients.  
Hope you enjoy this cucumber and kohlrabi salad recipe and give us a shout out when you do. If you have more kohlrabi, try this too

Knolkhol poriyal – Purple Kholrabi stirfry

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cucmber and kohlrabi salad

Cucumber and kholrabi salad

Easy summer salad with lemon mint dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Soups and salad
Cuisine Autumn, Fusion, gluten free, International, One pot, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 2 people


salad vegetable

  • 2 small cucumber
  • 1 small knolkhol (kohlrabi)

for lemon mint dressing

  • 1 tsp olive oil (salad grade)
  • salt to taste ( i used seasalt flakes)
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 10 vietnamese mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice


  • 1 tbsp peanuts


  • Peel the skin of the Kohlrabi and thinly slice the flesh and add to the mixing bowl
  • Wash and slice the cucumbers and add to the bowl and set aside
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice and salt.
  • Wash and chop the mint and vietnamese mint fine and add to the dressing. Mix well.
  • Pour the dressing over the sliced salad veggies and give a good toss.
  • To serve, top with the peanuts.
    cucmber and kohlrabi salad


Vietnamese mint gives a spicy aftertaste without the heat and pairs well with the sweetness of kohlrabi. If you don't have it,  try thinly sliced chillies or a betel leaf.
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Priya satheesh
3 years ago

Simple yet interesting, delicious and refreshing salad. Finally got to know the hidden surprise 🙂 Loved the addition of Kohlrabi.. interesting!

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
3 years ago

Such a simple salad, yet very high on flavors. I love how mint can enhance anything with its flavor and its smell…

The Girl Next Door
3 years ago

Simple, but refreshing and delicious salad. I love the sound of the mint dressing. 🙂

It was so interesting to read about Sydney’s Paddy Market.

Shobha Keshwani
3 years ago

Interesting to see kohlrabi in a salad. I have never tasted it raw

Mayuri Patel
3 years ago

This summer I too would have been visiting the beautiful Jean Talon Market and buying fresh farm produce.. alas we have to remain home. Our local market too is closed for renovation so entirely have to depend on online shopping which I don’t like for fruits and veggies. Coming to the salad, I’ve not tried raw kohlrabi, have always cooked it to make sabji. Next time I get some definitely would love to try out the salad. With mint leaves its most certainly a winner with me.

Priya Vj
3 years ago

Use of kohlrabi in a salad is interesting.. this must have been a nice crunchy salad with the refreshing minty flavor .

Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

Never tasted raw kohlrabi . This salad with minimal ingredients sounds simple yet refreshing.

3 years ago

Am I correct kohlrabi is turnip! Salad wow I thought I was adventurous when it came to food. This I dare not do.
But I am intrigued now once the rains subside we will get these root veggies. Will try then.

3 years ago

Hey the salad looks awesome and it simple too.

3 years ago

This salad with kohlrabi and cucumber is absolutely interesting. Delicious and quick and make.

Jayashree T.Rao
3 years ago

Such a easy and refreshing salad to have anytime Seema. Loved the addition of kohlrabi to it.

3 years ago

Very interesting to know about the Vietnamese mint, Never know there is mint like that. You salad looks refershing

3 years ago

I recently tried kohlrabi with the different combinations in salad and loved it. Next time I will try it with cucumber. It looks very refreshing for hot summers

Shobana Vijay
3 years ago

Bookmarked. I haven’t heard about this salad before. I will surely try this salad for my kids in few days.

3 years ago

Cucumber kohlrabi salad looks very crunchy and easy to prepare too, . Nice write up, never heard about Vietnamese mint. Thanks for sharing The Paddy’s market pic 🙂

3 years ago

This salad is completely new to me. I never thought we can have knolkhol raw. Interesting one and I am going to try it.

3 years ago

Such a wonderful share from your local market, Seema ! love the crunch frmo the raw kohlrabi and the salad looks very interesting !

3 years ago

Such a power packed nutritious salad with cucumber and kohlrabi. Never heard using kohlrabi in salads. Looks too tempting.

3 years ago

Ahaaa interesting one Seema ! I have never tasted raw kohlrabi. This salad using this sounds simple yet refreshing.

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