Turnip Salads

Turnip Salads

In Russian cuisine, turnip is considered one of the main ingredients, at one time it was much more popular than potatoes and was used to prepare first and second courses, cold appetizers. Turnip salads are inexpensive, tasty, and have every right to take their rightful place on the table today. Modern cooks know many recipes of these unique to their taste and simple to prepare dishes.

Cooking Features

To turnip salad turned out delicious, you need to know a few features of the preparation of this snack.

  • Turnip comes in different varieties. Yellow and green are not as bitter as black, these types of vegetables have more tender flesh and can be eaten raw. Black turnip needs heat treatment - it can be boiled or baked. If you are preparing turnip salad for children or the elderly, other turnip varieties can be boiled until half cooked so that they become less bitter, softer, but do not have time to completely lose crispiness.
  • Turnip for salad made to grind quite strongly. It is usually rubbed, less often cut into very thin slices, straws or small cubes.
  • Turnip goes well with sour cream. This dairy product smoothes the bitterness of the main ingredient and contributes to its better absorption. No less popular salad dressing based on vegetable oil with the addition of honey. Less commonly, a salad is seasoned with mayonnaise, cheese sauce, or other liquid seasonings.
  • For a turnip salad to be juicy, it needs to be salted and kneaded.
  • Salting and dressing turnip salads is recommended shortly before serving. If you make it early, the vegetables that make up the snacks will make juice, the dish will become watery.
  • If you want to make the taste of salad with turnip softer, it is enough to hold it for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator.

A turnip salad can be served as a separate snack, serve as a supplement to the side dish or replace it.

Turnip Salad with Garlic and Eggs


  • turnips - 0, 25 kg;
  • chicken egg - 3 pcs .;
  • hard cheese - 100 g;
  • garlic - 3 cloves;
  • fresh dill - 20 g;
  • sour cream or mayonnaise - 100-150 ml;
  • salt, black pepper powder - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Wash the turnips, dry with a napkin, clean. Pulp chop grated. Ideal grater, designed for the preparation of Korean salads, but you can use the usual with large holes.
  • Rub the cheese, put it to the turnip.
  • Cook hard boiled eggs, cool under running cold water. If you add unstuffed eggs to the snack, it will quickly deteriorate.
  • Free the eggs from the shell, finely chop with a knife, add to the remaining ingredients.
  • Pass garlic through a press, mix with sour cream or mayonnaise. If using sour cream, add a little salt and pepper to the sauce.
  • Season the salad with the cooked sauce, put it in a salad bowl, sprinkle with chopped dill.

If garlic is excluded from the composition of the snack, it will become less savory, but it will remain tasty.

Volzhsky salad with turnip, duck and beans


  • boiled duck meat - 0.5 kg;
  • turnips - 0.5 kg;
  • string beans - 0, 2 kg;
  • potatoes - 0.5 kg;
  • onions - 100 g;
  • lingonberry sauce or jam - 60-80 ml;
  • sour cream or mayonnaise - 0, 2-0, 25 l.

Method of preparation:

  • Cool the boiled duck meat, remove the skin, separate the meat from the bones, cut into small cubes, put in a large bowl.
  • Peel the turnips, cut each root vegetable into 4 parts, cut it into thin slices, place it against the meat of the bird.
  • Wash potatoes, boil in a uniform, peel. Cut into cubes, put to other ingredients.
  • Wash the string beans, cut into pieces of 3-4 cm, dip in boiling salted water. After 7-8 minutes, drain in a colander, rinse with cold water, let dry. Transfer to other products.
  • Free onion from the husk, cut into thin half-rings or quarters of rings. Add to the rest of the components.
  • Stir the lingonberry sauce or jam with sour cream or mayonnaise, season the salad with this mixture.

When served, snacks can be decorated with fresh or frozen berries. If you want to get a more dietary version of this dish, you can replace the duck with chicken or turkey.

Turnip salad with meat, cabbage and garlic


  • turnips - 0, 3 kg;
  • boiled meat (pork or beef) - 0, 4 kg;
  • white cabbage - 0, 4 kg;
  • garlic - 4 cloves;
  • salt, vegetable oil - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Cool the boiled meat, cut into thin strips, fold into a bulk container for mixing products.
  • From the cabbage head, remove the top leaves. Wash, dry the vegetable. Finely shred. Salt lightly, remember with your hands. After 10 minutes, drain the excess juice, put the cabbage to the meat.
  • Clean the turnip. Cut it into thin straws or chop grated on Korean salads. Put to the meat and cabbage.
  • Chop the garlic as small as possible, add to other foods.
  • Fill the salad with vegetable oil. You can add a little apple (6 percent) vinegar: 1 part vinegar to 3-4 parts oil.

Salad according to this recipe is hearty, but moderately high-calorie. Supporters of healthy eating will love this recipe. Meat in the recipe can be replaced with ham. The taste of the snack will change, but will remain pleasant and harmonious.

Turnip salad with cucumber and sweet pepper


  • turnips - 0, 2 kg;
  • cucumbers - 0, 2 kg;
  • Bulgarian pepper - 0, 2 kg;
  • arugula - 20 g;
  • red onion - 100 g;
  • chicken egg - 2 pcs .;
  • cheese sauce, sunflower seeds - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Wash vegetables, pat dry.
  • Clean the turnips, cut them into thin strips or chop them on a grater.
  • Pepper seeds are removed, at the same time removing the stem. Cut the pulp into straws, send it to the turnip.
  • Cut the tip of the cucumber, cut the vegetables into pieces of the same shape as peppers and turnips, combine with other vegetables.
  • Peel the onion, cut it into thin half-rings, add to other foods.
  • Cook hard boiled eggs, cool under running water, peel, cut into thin slices. Put to other ingredients.
  • Coarse arugula, add to other ingredients.
  • Season the salad with cheese sauce. It can be replaced by mayonnaise, adding chopped grated cheese with small holes. Per 100 ml of mayonnaise enough to take 20-30 g of cheese.

Putting the appetizer on a dish, sprinkle it with sunflower seeds or pine nuts. If tomatoes are included in the salad, it will become even brighter and tastier.

Turnip salad with apple and carrot


  • turnips - 0, 2 kg;
  • apple - 0, 2 kg;
  • carrots - 100 g;
  • radishes - 100 g;
  • honey - 5 ml;
  • lemon juice - 20 ml;
  • salt, pepper, ground coriander - to taste;
  • vegetable oil - 20-30 ml.

Method of preparation:

  • Peel the apples, cut the core. Coarsely grate, add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice, mix. Lemon juice will not let the apple darken.
  • Peel carrots and turnips. Grind vegetables on a grater, mix with apples.
  • Rub the radish washed and dried with a napkin, combine it with other ingredients.
  • Mix the salt, seasonings, melted honey, vegetable oil and the remaining lemon juice separately. Beat with a whisk to get a uniform sauce.
  • Season the appetizer, put it on the platter and serve it.

This recipe for a turnip salad is one of the most popular. It has a harmonious taste and appetizing look. At the same time, this snack is useful and does not harm the figure.

Black Turnip Salad


  • turnips - 0, 2 kg;
  • beets - 0, 2 kg;
  • pumpkin (pulp) - 0, 2 kg;
  • carrots - 100 g;
  • apple - 0, 2 l;
  • lemon juice - 5 ml;
  • vegetable oil - 50 ml;
  • salt, pepper - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Turnips, beets and pumpkin boil or bake until done, cut into small cubes.
  • Chop grated carrots.
  • Cut the peeled apple into cubes, pour with lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients of the snack separately with vegetable oil. Mix together, salt and pepper, mix again.

The snack made according to this recipe is tender and has a slightly sweet taste. It is significantly different from raw turnip salads.

How to decorate turnip salad

Most turnip salads look simple. Wanting to give them to the festive table beautifully, you should take care of additional decor.

  • A turnip salad will look stylish and unusual if it is put in a wooden bowl painted under Khokhloi or in a similar style. In a clay bowl, the snack will also look stylish, but less elegant.
  • The turnip salad can be sprinkled with chopped nuts, grated cheese, chopped greens or berries. This will make it more vivid, giving it a sophisticated look.
  • Often, turnip salad includes eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, or other vegetables. From these products you can make flowers. A flower decorating the top of a mound of lettuce or lying on the edge of a plate with a snack will make the dish a table decoration.
  • Turnip salad can be decorated with slices of quail eggs, cherry tomatoes, radish. Then it will look more modern.

If you do not have time to decorate a snack, you can spread it on ice-cream bowls - in them any salad looks more appetizing and elegant. Such a dish decoration option is appropriate when serving it in portions.

Salads from turnips are prepared not by many hostesses, and it is in vain This dish has a harmonious taste, not devoid of spice. In addition, these snacks are useful and with moderate use do not adversely affect the figure.

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