Turnips are inexpensive, easy to cook and store, and very nutritious. They are available almost all year round and are wonderful during the colder months of the year when not so many fruits and veggies are in season. But unfortunately, this vegetable is not very popular. You are not going to see many Instagram celebrities posting pictures of their turnip salad.
What is turnip?
Turnip or white turnip is a root vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous family together with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and a few others.
Turnips are usually round and heavy for their size. They have smooth skin that is white at the bottom and light purple or greenish in the top part.
In texture, the turnip flesh is similar to radishes but has a very mild taste. Fresh turnips are frequently sold with their greens still attached. Turnips without the greens are either packaged in plastic bags or sold loose.
What to do with turnips?
There are quite a few ways you can cook turnips. You can boil, steam, braise, or roast them.
But the easiest way to enjoy turnips is to eat them raw. Raw turnips have a pleasant mild taste and can be eaten just as a snack the way you would eat a carrot. They also work great served as a part of a veggie tray or in a salad.
Raw turnips nutritional facts
Turnips are very nutritious. They contain vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium, and copper, and are a very good source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. I couldn’t find the exact glycemic index of turnips. Some websites say that they are medium glycemic. However, according to this database, one medium-size raw turnip has a low glycemic load of 2.
About this turnip salad
This raw turnip recipe is an example of how you can combine turnips with other raw veggies to prepare a quick and very healthy salad. All you need to do is grate the turnips and carrots, quickly chop some parsley, add pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and lemon juice and mix everything to combine.
This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Keep in mind that once it’s grated, turnips will change their color from pure white to slightly yellowish and translucent. So, if you want to serve this salad for a dinner party and the appearance of the turnip salad is important to you, make sure to prepare it just before serving.
- 3 medium turnips, peeled and grated
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- Place the turnips, carrots, parsley and pumpkin seeds into a salad bowl. Add the lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and toss to combine.
1. This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Keep in mind that once grated, turnip will change the color from pure white to slightly yellowish and translucent. So, if you want to serve this salad for a dinner party and the appearance of the salad is important to you, make sure to prepare the salad just before serving.
2. Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 4 servings.
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Serving Size1/4 of recipe
Amount Per ServingCalories 278Total Fat 21.5gSaturated Fat 3.5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 0mgSodium 104.6mgCarbohydrates 15.8gFiber 5.3gSugar 6.3gProtein 10.4g