Last week, at the end of a hot day, I decided to make dinner without cooking anything. Or at least, without cooking very much. It was too hot for cooking. I realized I could make some delicious collard wraps by filling them with shredded kohlrabi & beet. I used one large beet and one kohlrabi and mixed them together with some scallions, garlic scapes, and a homemade asian style dressing. The dressing comes from a bok choy recipe that we already have up on the website here.
1. Peel the kohlrabi and shred with with a cheese grater into a large bowl.
2. Wash the beet, then shred it over top of the same bowl. You’ll be making a tower of shredded, chopped, and minced veggies.
3. Chop up your scallions and scapes, adding them to the tower of vegetables.
4. Mince the ginger and throw that in as well. It will look like this:
5. In a small bowl, combine the liquid dressing ingredients. Tip: Measure out the oils before you measure the honey. This way, the entire tablespoon of honey will more easily slide from the spoon into the bowl. The oil prevents the honey from sticking to the tablespoon.
6. Though you can simply purchase already toasted sesame seed, you can also toast it yourself in a small pan. I did the latter. It’s simple, but you have to keep stirring it so it doesn’t burn. Once it starts to pop and turn light brown, remove from flame, then stir into the dressing. It’s kind of cool to hear the dressing sizzle when you pour in the hot sesame seed. Mix the dressing ingredients well.
7. Pour the dressing over the bowl of veggies and mix well.
8. With a fork, place a serving of the kohlrabi beet salad onto a collard leaf, wrap it up, and eat it! Repeat until you run out of collards or until you’re not hungry.
Note: There will be a lot of beet juice, so try to avoid getting it on your clothes or any other important stuff on your table. Also, once you’ve eaten all the veggies you can use the left over liquid for a stir fry. Just pour it over some vegetables towards the end of sautéing them. I did this and it tasted great!
Another note: You can eat the kohlrabi beet salad as a stand alone salad, if you don’t have collards. Try different ways of eating it.