Turnip Slaw-Raw, Vegan, Delicious and Nutritious!

Monsieur is Getting Thin-Look at His Tiny Belly

Delicious Turnip Slaw Served on my Granny's old plate.
Delicious Turnip Slaw Served on my Granny's old plate.

Turnips for Health

Turnips are a cool weather root vegetable and are usually served cooked. They are low calorie but packed with high powered nutrition. The roots, the bulb, are a great source of minerals, vitamins such as Vitamin C, anti-oxidants that provide the human body with the synthesis to build collagen and have lots of fiber.

Turnips have such high levels of anti-oxidants that eating them regularly helps prevent cancer, reduces inflammation, and builds the immune system. Turnips provide calcium to build bones and skeletal strength as well as trace elements of other minerals.

Store turnips in a cool place. Separate the greens from the roots because they will leach nutrition from the roots bulb. Refrigerate the greens and cook them within a few days. The root can be kept for several weeks and enjoyed cooked, broiled, fried or raw.

Turnips are sweet but tangy. They are crisp and add crunch to salads or other dishes when served raw. They make a lovely addition to a raw vegetable platter alongside carrot, celery, etc.

Choose smaller turnip roots. the very large ones tend to be woody, hard to peel and difficult to manage. Larger, even giant turnips are still delicious cooked or roasted though. Turnips are quite versatile, adding a wonderful flavor to soups, mixed roasted vegetables and other dishes. Today we will enjoy them raw, preserving enzymes, crunch and taste. Enjoy!

Monsieur just fell off the turnip truck!
Monsieur just fell off the turnip truck!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4- One Cup Servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 med-large Turnips, grated
  • 1/2 cup Carrot, grated
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 med Sweet Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar, ACV or White
  • 1 tablespoon Stevia (or sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon or Lime Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil, extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard, of choice
  1. Grate turnips and carrots by hand or in the food processor
  2. Chop onion, pepper, celery
  3. Place all ingredients in large bowl and stir together
  4. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon or lime juice, mustard, stevia (or sugar) and vinegar
  5. Pour dressing over vegetables and stir to coat well
  6. Chill in refrigerator about an hour.
  7. Enjoy!
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Spinach Salad Topped With Turnip Slaw

Make this slaw a whole meal by adding it to a salad. The bold flavor and texture of spinach works well with the spicy tang of the turnips slaw. Here is an easy and delicious spinach salad recipe.

  • Fresh spinach, 3 cups
  • Vegan "bacon", 4 strips
  • Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Honey, 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard, 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon or lime juice, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Brown veggie bacon in skillet, allow to cool and crumble.

Stir together oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over spinach and mix well to coat.

Spoon onto serving dish and top with turnip slaw then sprinkle on bacon bits. Thin julienne slices of turnips can be added for presentation purposes. Yum, delicious!

Monsieur's Spinach Salad With Turnip Slaw

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Spinach Salad Topped With Turnip Slaw Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of spinach and one cup of slaw
Calories 131
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Carbohydrates 17 g6%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I always enjoy tasty and healthy recipes and this is both. I like the dressing especially. thanks for this great idea...Never thought of using turnips. Voting UP++


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Hyphen, I want to show you support, so here I am. Having said that, the chances are slim that I would eat this. LOL Just not my thing; now mix in some ground beef and I'm all for it. :) Good recipe my friend.....for Carol.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I love turnips. When I was a kid, my mother used to mash turnip and potato together. It was wonderful. I like the thought of a turnip slaw.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautiful recipe, but I doubt if I will use it as I am allergic to turnips.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I should have known that Monsieur would turn up on this turnip recipe.

Have brought my first aid kit to make sure this slender young man is OK after falling off the truck. His smile is certainly intact!

Thank you for this idea, Hyph. It looks so delicious.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, Here is another great recipe and is so easy to prepare and look so yummy, well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Carol. They are so crispy and fresh tasting. I love this turnip slaw. Thanks for reading the recipe. I appreciate it.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Billy, you are so funny. Tanks for the support though. How about putting in a spoonful of mayo and ditching the olive oil, then using real bacon bits? That might make it better for you. Thanks for the laugh. You are a true friend.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi aviannovice. I remember that dish also. In my quest to eat mostly raw foods, I am getting creative. This turned out very well and even my son loves it. I hope you give it a try. thanks, Hyph.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Becky, I wonder what in turnips makes you allergic. I am so sorry. I will eat some for you. I hope you are getting settled in your new house.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Mar. I have so much with Monsieur Doughboy. Sometimes I wonder if I take it too far. He makes such a cute picture though, doesn't he? Thanks for being forever loyal to my Hubs and myself. Bless you friend.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi kasmir. It really is easy and so fresh and delicious. I hope lots of readers try it. Thanks for coming by. Your support is so important to me and I appreciate you very much.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

thanks so much Hyphen for reintroducing healthy.. I know I probably have more past than future but nevertheless I should try to gain a few more years by eating right..:)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I don't know what it is but I break out in hives wen I eat them. Twice, I did that, no more.I know what it is about beets that makes me allergic to them. My mom and grandmother made me eat pickled beets once when I was coming down with tonsillitis. The smell is enough to get me now, I run the other way. I told them they burned but they didn't know why and so didn't believe me. They both apologized later but it was done and can't stand them. My kids have only eaten them if they were served elsewhere.


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Hy, your pretty amazing. The look of that spinach salad, one of my favorites, makes me want to reach into the screen, but alas! Well, I'm going to break down and get food stamps, and get those beloved greens back into my life.

Your health must be sky-rocketing... how is your grandson, and your book growing? If I don't write you often, the fault is with me, as I fight to get a J.O.B.! haha! Things will look up! Much love, lily


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Frank. I also am in my "golden years". I have a child to raise though so I eat well and take very good care of myself. I long to go home to Jesus but accepted this commission of raising this boy to adulthood. These years need to be healthful and I must be strong. Eating well helps me accomplish this purpose. Thanks for taking care of you. We all love and need you too.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Becky, that is pretty scary. I am so grateful that I have no allergies or health issues of any kind. Bless you girl!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Hyphen. This is the perfect hub to read After Thanksgiving. Not likely I will be trying this. Turnips grow great in a garden, but no one here will eat them.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Dear Lily, my friend! Go get food stamps. You have worked many years and paid taxes to provide this benefit. They are here to help when we need them. It does not have to be a lifelong thing. But for now, get them! Then buy lots of greens. I cannot live without them it seems. I crave greens.

My health is indeed great. I am strong and vital; I take no medications. I attribute this to a great diet. Getting rid of processed foods, meats, dairy and all the unhealthy foods will change a person's life and even save it.

Darling, just pop in when you can and let me know you are okay. In the meantime, know I think of you often and send you many blessings. Hy


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

mckbirdbks, I have found that I can make a dish and serve it. Most people will like it without knowing it contains fresh and unusual ingredients like turnips. Sneak them into a regular slaw. Use half cabbage and half turnips. They are very healthy for us to eat. Thanks for reading the recipe anyway.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Biscuits in the mornin' and gravy, whew; come evenin' ma would fix us that turnip slaw too; but Monsieurs the cook with the natural hand- my oh my what an awesome vegan plan!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

It sound delicious and healthy as well. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for share the recipe with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Monsier, I do love your recipe idea! The spinach with the tangy slaw is a flavor I would truly enjoy. Love your use of the doughboy and great post for vegans.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This turnip slaw looks very delicious and is naturally healthy too! With the spinach and vegan bacon it is indeed a complete meal.

Your dividers go very well with the pictures in the hub and I'm always glad to see Monsieur. Hope he's had his fill! Voted 5 stars.

Voted up & useful.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Alastar sure needed some fresh veggies after all the gravy our Mama's made. It sure was good though. I feel so strong and healthy since I have been eating vegan and mostly raw. I keep looking for new ways to make recipes. We have limited choices with meats but thousands of vegetable choices. Thanks for reading the recipe. I hope JT makes it for you.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Prasetio. Let us know how you like the slaw. We have come to crave it here in our home. Thanks for checking in from the other side of the world. I always love to see you.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello teaes12345. Monsieur has become a regular here on Hubpages. I love eating vegan and feel so light and strong all the time since I became vegan. I had been vegetarian for many years and am so glad I made the change to vegan. Thank you for your kind words and for reading the recipe. I hope you like it.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This looks wonderful. I loved cooked turnips and had never thought of a slaw--


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi rajan jolly. Indeed Monsieur ate enough slaw for two little doughboys. I appreciate the comment on the dividers. I learned how to create them from another Hubber and now try to make one unique for every Hub. I hope you do make the slaw and enjoy it while thinking of me and Monsieur.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Audrey. I suppose in the old days people had a lot of children and had to get creative about food. I do love this fresh slaw and salad. Even my little boy loves it. Thanks for the visit.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Delicious and good for health, thank you so much for the useful hub.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

girishpuri, thanks for the kind words and the visit. This slaw really is wonderful. I may never use cabbage again.


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Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Mmmmm, I love all root vegetables, they are more versatile than people give them credit for. I will be trying this with Bumpsy, she's like me. Thanks for the recipe and info, I am very interested in foods that aid healthy living. Voted up


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I told Monsieur that I gave him a 5 star rating! :)) This looks and sounds delicious! This is the right time of year to be finding fresh turnips in the stores. Can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks! Up votes and sharing.


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

Wow, you have really opened my eyes to the wonderfulness that is the turnip. I rarely eat these magical vegetables, but after reading this informative hub I will definitely be adding them into my diet more. Great!


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shai77 4 years ago

Oh, wow, that does sound delicious. The veggie bacon strips sound like they just put it over the top. Can't wait to try it-- bet friends wouldn't even know it's healthy! Great job! VU & rated useful.


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KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

Yummmm! This looks delish. I don't have many recipes for turnips, so I can't wait to give this one a try!


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Cathy Fidelibus 4 years ago from NJ

Thanks another great recipe.

Another bacon alternative is tempeh sliced very thin, spiced and fried.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Bumpsysmum you are right. I love root vegetables. This is one of the best slaw salads I have ever eaten. I hope you and Bump enjoy it too.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Peggy W, Monsieur thanks you very much. This year we have had lovely turnips, sweet and tart. Yum. Thanks for the visit and great comments.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Thundermama. My family has been exploring new veggies and using familiar ones in new ways. I continually look for ways to incorporate raw foods in our diet. I am so glad this recipe has helped you see the turnip as useful.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Shai77, I use veggie bacon,sausage and crumbles and no one ever knows they are not meat. People love my spaghetti which has vegan Italian sausage.The veggie bacon is delicious on spinach salads. Yum. Thanks for coming by this recipe Hub.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi KerryAnita. People forget about turnips. They really are a great and inexpensive addition to a meal plan. Thanks so very much!


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Cathy Fidelibus, that is a great suggestion. I will try that very soon. It would add a great flavor to spinach salad. Thanks for the tip.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I would never have thought of using turnips, great idea. The spinach and bacon salad sounds delicious, must try this.

Thanks for the recipes


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Rosemay. It really is so crispy and tart. We love it. I am actually craving that spinach salad right now. Thanks for the visit. I have not forgotten you and your Hubs. I am just so incredibly crazy busy right now. I promise to be over there soon.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've always like raw turnip. When I was a little girl and my grandmother would be making a stew I'd be right there to cash in on the raw turnip before she'd add it to the pot. I can't wait to try these delicious sounding salads. Yum!


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Susan. You were a smart little girl. Now I eat raw turnips as a snack. I keep some cut and ready in the fridge. Yum. Let me know how you like the slaw. i have begun to crave some now just thinking about it. Thank you for dropping my to see Monsieur.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

My husband loves turnips in his greens.. I was made to eat them when I was a kid.. I have a hard time with them now.. I will show my husband these recipes .. they do look good.. he will want me to make them for him .. I will share this on Facebook cooking time and TOPS take off pounds sensibly..

Merry Christmas

Debbie


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I've never liked cooked turnips, but I would be willing to try them raw like this. It actually looks good! I love the photos with your granny's plate--and the Pillsbury doughboy. I gave you a funny vote (along with everything else) for his appearance. Very attractive hub!


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Deborah. Please accept my apologies for the delay in answering you. I have been on a mental health holiday. lol

fresh raw turnips are very different than cooked ones. I have come to love raw ones for a snack and my son loves them too. Let me know how your husband felt. Thanks for the visit.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Victoria Lynn. I am sorry for the delay. I am glad you found the Hub amusing. Monsieur is adorable and quite entertaining. Oh, my Granny's plate is so lovely to me. I adore thinking of her as I use it. Thank you so very much for your wonderful visit and comments.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

Wow what amazing dishes. Since becoming a Vegan just before Christmas last year and my last piece of meat was a turkey leg, I've vowed not to return to meat eating and this new lifestyle is doing me a world of good, down 10 lbs already and plan on being down 40 more by May of this year. I am saving this link in my file to return to and follow the recipe. I look forward to Veganism, yippy kyee.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

I am so happy for you Vincent. I feel lighter mentally and spiritually as well as losing weight naturally by eating vegan. There are SO many options in a vegan diet. People think it is salads all day long but we can eat well, even gourmet. Thanks for sharing this Hub.

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