Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

Raw root vegetable bowls with zesty orange vinaigrette are packed with enough nutrition to dry your John Cusack movie-induced tears.

Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

Spring is springing leaks all up in the mother nature hood, which just makes me want to put raw vegetables in a bowl and eat them all up.

Spring is a raw, tumescent time. All the bunny rabbits know it.

What is going on with these bowls?

I shredded up a bunch of root vegetables and lay them down on top of more roots. I added a crazy.zesty.cool dressing along with some garbanzo goodies, wiley walnuts, and dried up cran crans. – – – > The second you start nicknaming foods, you have been food blogging for too long. Just.keep.going.

Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

You’ve noticed “bowls” are a thing right now. One of the greatest parts about bowling it is you can bowl like no one is watching. Translation: bowls are versatile. Make them your own. For this recipe, you can serve the roots over spring greens or cooked rice, or you can do as I did and eat roots on top of roots on top of roots on top of…

Have you ever seen kohlrabi? Here’s what it looks like:

Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

Raw food. It’s very nutritious. I made these raw root vegetable bowls immediately following an active day and immediately prior to grabbing the down comforter off my bed, forming myself into a tightly-curled ball on the couch, and marathon watching John Cusack movies whilst drinking wine and eating roots all night long. Don’t pretend like you haven’t done this. Everyone has done this, which is precisely why Microsoft Word knows John Cusack well enough to correct my incorrect spellings of his name.

A note to raw food fanatics: the chickpeas I used in this bowl are technically not raw. You may use raw chickpeas by sprouting them. < – – – this is me avoiding any raw backlash. Raw backlash is a bitch. Now I’m just confusing myself.

Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

Wanna know what I did 2.7 seconds after I snapped these photos? I dumped everything into a huge bowl and mixed it all together. Which brings me to my last point. This recipe can double as root vegetable slaw. I repeat: coleslaw. Simply mix everything (excluding the chickpeas, but including all of the dressing) together in a bowl, and you have yourself a mighty good raw slaw. Which you can put on wiener schnitzel. Just throwing ideas out into the ether.

Bowl until you can’t raw bowl no more.

Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

Raw Root Bowls with Zesty Orange Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Julia


For the bowls

For the zesty orange dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional add-ins


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the zesty orange dressing and set aside.
  2. Add desired amounts of each of the ingredients to a bowl and pour desired amount of dressing on top. Note that you can serve these bowls over a bed of spring greens or cooked rice, and can also add a variety of optional add-ins, such as chickpeas, avocado, and/or hard-boiled egg.

Recipe Notes

In order to make this into root vegetable slaw, simply combine all of the ingredients (excluding the optional add-ins) into a large bowl. Pour the zesty orange dressing on top, and mix together until well-combined. You can use this slaw on sandwiches, in salads, on top of fish or poultry, or serve as a side dish.

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  1. Sharon

    Ha! Raw backlash! Too funny. This looks great and thanks for introducing a new veggie. I can’t wait to start making cold bowls and slaws once we finally hit some spring weather up here! 🙂

  2. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    Ohhhh kohlrabi….that darn veggie is all up in my thesis!! The cancer survivors that I worked with this summer were always like, “what the heck is that alien-looking veggie?” So underrated! Now I can direct them to this fabulous recipe 🙂

  3. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I love everything about these bowls! Especially the topping of cran crans. 😉

    Kohlrabi is a veggie I have yet to try but this recipe is making me want to try it right now! And then curl up and watch John Cusack movies like Serendipity. Good times.

  4. dishing up the dirt

    I’m behind on all of my blog reading this week and just hopped on here while we are taking a lunch break. I feel like you just made this recipe for me!! all of my favorites (including kohlrabi) I can’t get enough “bowls” lately. This sounds perfect!!!

  5. Allison @ Clean Wellness

    Okay, I’ve never tried kohlrabi -I’m so embarrassed! I’m sooo into bowls right now! I need to give this a try. The dressing sounds amazing. I like the addition of the coconut milk.

    And John Cusack is the best. I especially love him in John Hughes movies!

    Love your recipes and beautiful photographs 🙂

  6. Abby

    This would be #1 on Cusack’s top 10 foods he loves, 🙂 I need more bowls in my life and kohlrabi dang how have I never tried that! Looks awesome lady!

  7. Francesca

    This looks awesome. I especially have my eye on that red onion. and is it just me, or does kohlrabi look like the brain bad guy from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? 🙂


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