Turnip seems like the nerdy outcast of the vegetable world. It is the wallflower at senior prom. It’s the shy kid who seems really boring and whom everyone ignores. You have your very first conversation with turnip at your graduation party and you realize how cool it actually is. Suddenly you feel guilty and a little sad you sat next to turnip in English Literature for an entire year and never got to know it. Fortunately, vegetables are actually not like former high school classmates. There is still plenty of time for you to get to know turnip and appreciate its subtle yet flavorful qualities. The Shaved Turnip Salad is a great way to get introduced. Raw turnips taste a bit like cabbage mixed with radish; turnip’s texture resembles raw beet. Shaving the turnip into very thin rounds with a sharp knife or mandolin slicer helps balance the texture. We added some shaved Parmesan cheese for a savory complement to the pungent, slightly sweet turnip. For greens we chose some red leaf lettuce and a little arugula for its nutty flavor. Finally, we tossed everything in a simple red wine vinaigrette. This Shaved Turnip Salad is tangy, nutty, savory, and…turnipy. In a good way, such a good way. The alternating layers of turnip and cheese in this Shaved Turnip Salad are not only a perfect flavor harmony, they look beautiful too. It’s as if that nerdy kid from high school put on a leather jacket and transformed into Luke Perry from Beverly Hills 90210. Get creative with your greens and cheese for this Shaved Turnip Salad recipe. Chopped chard or spinach would be acceptable substitutes, as would Pecorino for the cheese (just reduce the salt in the dressing or simply add to taste at the end). The Shaved Turnip Salad is nice and light, wonderful for a first course or side. It would pair well with a fancy grilled cheese or a cream soup. Pin this recipe Shaved Turnip Salad Votes: 2 Rating: 4.5 You: Rate this recipe! Servings: Ingredients Salad ingredients 1 turnipmedium-sized, jullienned 1 turnipmedium-sized, jullienned 2 cups arugula 2 cups arugula 2 cups red leaf lettucetorn into bite-sized pieces 2 cups red leaf lettucetorn into bite-sized pieces 2 oz Parmesan cheeseshaved 2 oz Parmesan cheeseshaved 1 pinch black pepperfreshly ground, to taste 1 pinch black pepperfreshly ground, to taste 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing ingredients 1/2 cup olive oilextra virgin 1/2 cup olive oilextra virgin 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp sugar 1 pinch saltto taste 1 pinch saltto taste 1 pinch black pepperfreshly ground, to taste 1 pinch black pepperfreshly ground, to taste Instructions How to make the salad Layer turnip and Parmesan cheese shavings over the greens. Drizzle with dressing. How to make the dressing Blend ingredients in a covered Mason jar or in a bowl. Print this recipe Add to your Shopping List » This recipe is in your Shopping List. Add to your Meal Planner » Select Course to Add: BreakfastLunchDinner This recipe has been added to your Meal Planner. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.