It’s Shredded Kohlrabi, Watermelon Radish and Pear Salad with Arugula redux, a crisp and bright recipe published last winter. In this early autumn version, arugula is replaced by flavorful flat-leaf parsley. Fennel takes the place of kohlrabi as toasted sunflowers seeds are added for a crunch. The prepping style is different, too. A mandoline — my new favorite kitchen tool–makes paper-thin slices of vegetables and fruit. The longer the salad rests in the vinaigrette, the more the flavors start having a slight pickle taste.

Why redo a perfect salad from last winter? The star ingredient, watermelon radish, is actually available year round at most farmers’ market. Since it’s a root vegetable, we tend to think of if a cold weather ingredient. When it’s combined with fennel, pears and sunflower seeds, it’s a refreshing hello to early autumn with a polite acknowledgment to late summer.

What’s your favorite year round ingredient?

Watermelon Radish, Fennel and Pear Salad


  • 1 to 2 watermelon radish; thinly sliced
  • 1 under ripe bosc pear; thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb; thinly sliced
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper; to taste
  • ⅛ cup olive oil; as needed
  • ½ tsp. pomegranate molasses or honey
  • 2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • Garnish: Flat-leaf parsley; roughly chopped
  • Garnish: Toasted sunflower seeds

*Recommended Equipment: Mandoline


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, salt, black pepper, olive oil, pomegranate molasses/honey, and vinegar to make the vinaigrette.
  2. Alternately layer watermelon radish with pear slices on a plate. Place fennel slices in the center.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad.
  4. Garnish with parsley and sunflower seeds.
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  1. Well I just stumbled upon dinner. amazing recipe

  2. That looks nice. I mean, *really* nice.

    The thing I do wonder is how you overcome the fear of slicing your fingers off with a mandoline. I still have that fear.
    Tips welcome. 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe!

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