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Raw Turnip Salad Recipe

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. Unfortunately, this vegetable is not very popular. You are not going to see many Instagram celebrities posting pictures of their turnip salad.

Turnip salad on a white plate with a silver fork to the right.

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.

How Do You Serve 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.

Are Turnips Nutritious?

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.


Raw turnip salad on a white plate.

If you are looking for more raw vegetable salad recipes, check out this Healthy Cabbage Salad, this Red and Green Cabbage Salad, this German Cucumber Salad, and this Mediterranean Tomato Salad.

Raw turnip salad on a white plate with silver spoons to the left.

raw turnip salad recipe

Raw Turnip Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 to 5 portions
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A very easy to prepare Raw Turnip Salad Recipe. Just grate the vegetables, add the dressing and combine everything in a salad bowl. Full of fiber and healthy nutrients.


  • 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


  1. 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.

Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 278Total Fat 21.5gSaturated Fat 3.5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 0mgSodium 104.6mgCarbohydrates 15.8gFiber 5.3gSugar 6.3gProtein 10.4g

Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.

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Saturday 25th of January 2020

Loved this salad! Flavorful and crunchy and especially love the contrasting colors of this salad. I wonder if rutabaga in place of turnips would taste much different..

Maria Ushakova

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Rutabaga would be wonderful in this salad! I think it would taste very similar to a turnip.


Friday 10th of January 2020

I love turnips fixed all different ways but I had a friend who loved slaw but was on coumadin blood thinner for years and was told not to eat cabbage slaw so I made turnip slaw and she could eat that and it is so good! I eat a lot of roasted veggies and raw veggies and over the last 2 years lost 100 lbs limit my intake of anything fried and count my carbs! I was a type 2 diabetic and no longer take meds to control diabetes! I will soon be 73 am very active and love to cook healthy foods for my friends?! Thanks for your recipes!

Maria Ushakova

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Hi Mary! This is the best comment ever! Good for you for eating healthy and staying active. Your friends are so lucky to have you cook for them :)


Monday 4th of November 2019

Turnips!? Who knew. I bought a couple today to add to my big pot of Scotch broth but had never used them before. I had to try some of the diced pieces raw and was surprised, happily, to discover they taste wonderful raw. I immediately came online to check for raw-turnip salad recipes and found yours. Both of today's purchase went into the pot but next time I get groceries, I'll buy some more and make salad. They remind me of very mild radishes and I've made radish salad to use up some I only put a few into potato salad. I do recall my mother giving our milk cow a turnip sometimes as a treat. If I'd appreciated how good they were, I'd have dipped into the cow's supply.

Maria Ushakova

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Hi Naomi! You are right, they taste like mild radishes. I just love it that your Mom gave them to the cow. I am sure the cow enjoyed them :)


Thursday 16th of August 2018

What type of grater did you use to get that texture?

Maria Ushakova

Thursday 16th of August 2018

I have an old mandoline slicer and one of the attachments grates into these long thin strips.


Monday 7th of December 2015

Thank you for a simple fast and delicious salad! I got wonderful fresh organic locally grown turnips and didn't want to cook them. My husband and me really enjoyed eating them raw in this salad.

Maria Ushakova

Monday 7th of December 2015

Thank you so much for letting me know, Yana! I am so glad you enjoyed the salad :)

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