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Tangy Turnips

This time of year is great for root vegetable dishes.  Turnips are a good source of potassium, fiber, Vitamin C and calcium; low in carbohydrates and calories, plus they have a unique taste.

If you have never eaten turnips, they have a firm texture, and a very mild cabbage or radishy taste, though not as pungent as a radish and a little sweeter.  Turnips can be roasted, mashed like potatoes, grated for a slaw-type salad, added to a soup, eaten raw, or boiled and served with just a little butter and salt and pepper.  This time though, I wanted something a little different and then I eyed the bacon in the refrigerator…

Who doesn’t like bacon!  Combine cooked turnips with a little bacon, add a touch of vinegar and sugar and VOILA!  You have a great vegetable dish!  This is delicious if you like turnips as much as we do!

Tangy Turnips


6 medium turnips, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon salt
4 slices diced bacon
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar, or less; depending on your taste
Salt and pepper, to taste


Place turnips in saucepan, cover with water.
Add salt and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until tender.
Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet until crisp.
Discard skillet drippings, leaving a scant teaspoon in the skillet.
Add vinegar and sugar, blend well.
Add turnips and toss.


Check out my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and giveaway!


  1. Perfect timing with this recipe Pam! My friend just gave me a bunch of turnips from his garden and I was wondering what to make with them. Thanks!

  2. I have not seen any turnips selling in the supermarket here, I wish to try your recipe if one day I happen to see this in the super market.

  3. The turnip looks like a purple onion! Very cute! Interesting dish! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Love the idea of making the turnips a tangy dish.

  5. I have added this to my list to cook over winter while in the UK. The bacon touch I am sure makes it very tasty. Diane

  6. I like turnip greens and I wish I liked turnips and have tried my whole life to learn to. My neighbor once told me she bet I'd like her moms and upon trying them, I didn't dislike them, like many others I've tried. I'd just rather have lots of other things - maybe it's that I didn't grow up eating them. So more power to you turnip lovers and I really wish I were one of you.

  7. Nice purple turnips you have there! Wished we could get some here!

  8. One of the reasons I enjoy reading food blogs is being reminded of things I love and have forgotten to make in forever. This is an example. We adore turnips (as well as rutabagas and parsnips). It won't be long before I cook some. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. It's so funny but we don't have this type of root here in Greece. I had to search it in my dictionary to see what type of root it is. It looks delicious and nutritious too.

  10. My husband loves turnips and other root vegetables, he has me fixing parsnips all the time. I have a hard time with beets, but he would eat them any way I make them. I should really try turnips again and you gave me a great way to try it!

  11. I always think of turnips as a starch but I guess in reality that's not really true... This sounds like a tasty dish!

  12. I don't know if I've actually ever really had turnips.. but if they have bacon I'm sold!

  13. Hi, Pam, I've missed you and hope all is well=congratulations on finding out about your grandson!!...I am having a special post tomorrow (Oct. 7) about my first baby, Nikki; hope you can visit...Hugs, sweet friend.

  14. I prefer yellow turnip, or what's known in some regions as rutabaga. Yum!

  15. I've never tried a turnup before!!! I'm a little afraid.
    Have a great thursday Pam.

  16. I have never tried turnips like that before - guess there is no time like the present.

    They do look good.

  17. My mom adores turnips. She use to eat them with her grandfather as a little girl. Needless to say, your post brought back some lovely memories. Thanks for sharing a side dish with me that I know my mom (and I) will love!

  18. The colour of those turnips is amazing! I usually only find white turnips.

  19. I have always loved turnips and this dish looks delicious.


    PS> Everytime I click on your blog, your header always cheers me.

  20. Thanks to all of you and I'm glad to see there are some turnip lovers out there!

  21. Those look so good - I love turnips also with just a bit of salt, butter and fresh garlic!

  22. Oh, I must try these turnips...they sound awesome! Definitely one of my favorite ways of cooking root veg :D

  23. I love turnips! I can't wait to try this recipe!


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