15 Incredible Vegan Turnip Recipes To Try Right Now

Turnips are a root vegetable that is commonly associated with beets or potatoes, when in fact they are more closely related to arugula and radishes – all members of the mustard family Brassica. 

15 Incredible Vegan Turnip Recipes To Try Right Now

Turnips are available all year round. They feature a deep purple hue with a pungent taste. 

Their inexpensive and hearty nature makes them especially perfect for winter meals and dishes.

In addition to this, turnips boost your immune system, fight cancer, weight aid, promote regularity, and enhance heart health – some key reasons why you may want to include them in your next meal. 

With this in mind, this article will be exploring 15 incredible vegan turnip recipes! Let’s get straight into it. 

1. Turnips With Caramelized Onions And Toasted Lentils

This recipe features a simple stir-fry-style meal of turnips and turnip greens. However, the flavors are anything but simple.

You’ll get the freshness of turnips with the crunchiness of the onion and all are perfectly spiced with a combination of ingredients. 

The added lentils turn this recipe from a light lunch into a delightful, filling dinner that will leave a lasting impression. 

With simple ingredients, some spices, and easy instructions, you’ll have this meal whipped up in no time. 

2. Turnip Fries

You can’t go wrong with fries. Although, once you try these turnip fries, you’ll never want to go back to regular fries again! 

These fries (Check out Are McDonald’s Fries Vegan?) are easy to make, healthy, and a low-carb alternative to traditional fries.

Seasoned to perfection with paprika, garlic, and cumin, you’ll be going back for seconds, or even thirds! 

The best part? You can make these turnip fries in the air fryer for a quick and healthy natural French fry. 

These fries are naturally keto, gluten-free, paleo, Whole30, and, of course, vegan – perfect for a range of different dietary requirements. 

3. Garlic Mashed Turnips

These garlic mashed turnips are the perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes to feature on your holiday table this year.

Garlicky and creamy, these make for a great keto side-dish, whatever the occasion. 

This dish is packed with flavor, buttery, sweet, and creamy – perfect for getting little ones to eat their vegetables!

For the vegan alternative, simply substitute cashew cream (or non-dairy milk) for the half-and-half, and plant-based butter to replace the real butter.  

4. Turnip Gratin

While this vegan turnip gratin may be lacking in some of the more traditional ingredients such as cheese, potatoes, and cream – it definitely doesn’t lack in the equally delicious flavors!

Rather than potatoes, you’ll find turnips in this recipe which are a low-calorie and carbohydrate alternative but packed with goodness including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. 

The creaminess in this recipe comes from coconut milk, whereas the cheesiness comes from the vegan mozzarella and nutritional yeast

Likewise, this recipe makes the most out of the turnip greens, an ingredient that is usually thrown away – to create a ridiculously rich, hearty, and cheesy meal.

You won’t even realize it’s vegan!

5. Roasted Turnips

In this recipe, these tasty root vegetables are transformed into a delicious side dish in just 30 minutes. 

These perfectly herbed roasted turnips are flavored with dashes of nutmeg which create a decadent low-carbohydrate alternative to roasted potatoes. 

Quick, easy, and full of flavor – everything you could want from a roast turnip side dish: crispy on the outside and beautifully tender in the middle. 

Turnips are usually an overlooked vegetable; however, you won’t be able to miss them with this recipe. 

6. Lemony Lentil Turnip Chowder

This lemony lentil turnip chowder is tangy, light, and hearty – a delicious way to boost your nutritional variety. 

This is the ultimate summer soup. The freshness of the dill and the tanginess of the lemon come together in perfect harmony to create a burst of flavor with every spoonful. 

The best party? In just under 30 minutes, this soup will be served hot at your dinner table.

Perfect for the mid-week meals where the thought of cooking doesn’t sound appealing. In a relatively short amount of time, you’ll be rewarded with intense, rich flavors. 

7. Bean And Turnip Recipe

Two mashed Yukon gold potatoes are used to achieve this ridiculously rich bean and turnip recipe broth.

Whether you decide to use this instant thickener hack or regular potatoes, either way, it is sure to taste delicious. 

The finishing touches of turnip and garlic provide the perfect crunch that this recipe is looking for between the creamy, thickness of the broth. 

For this recipe, all you’ll need is olive/ avocado oil, garlic, white beans, turnip, potatoes, dijon mustard, and herbs for garnish – it is sure to impress all your vegan friends and family. 

8. Tofu With Miso Maple Turnips

Looking for the ultimate one-pan dish, then you’ve come to the right place. 

One-pot pans are the unsung heroes during the winter seasons.

When things become hectic tossing everything into a pot and leaving it to cook is bliss and one of the best ingredients to do this with is turnips! 

For this dish, you’ll want to start by searing the tofu until it resembles a golden brown color.

You’ll then add turnips into the mix, covered in an umami-rich sauce made from honey, chili, and miso paste. 

In 30 minutes, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious meal. 

9. Roasted Turnip Hummus

Do you have some turnips to use up but don’t know what to do with them?

Then try this recipe for a fun and delicious way to cook turnips. It’s naturally gluten-free, vegan, and 100% mouthwatering!

Whether you’re throwing a party, potluck, or hosting a football-watching party, then you need to include this recipe into the mix.

Not only is it a great way to get your veggie fix but it also tastes delicious while doing so. 

Besides, what’s not to love about turnips? They are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain several beneficial nutrients.

It’s time to give turnips the love they deserve. And what better way than with this recipe? 

10. Curried Carrot And Turnip Soup

Despite its velvety, rich, creamy texture, this recipe is 100% vegan. The smoothness is achieved through pureeing the cooked vegetables into a thick liquid. 

Coriander, mustard seeds, fresh ginger, and curry powder come together to create a soup with both deep and aromatic flavors. 

While soups are notoriously difficult and time-consuming to make, in just under 40 minutes, this soup will be ready to serve to your guests. 

11. Wild Rice Mushroom Stew With Turnips

There is nothing better than a hearty stew to warm your body on those cold winter nights – and this wild rice mushroom stew with turnips definitely delivers! 

With plenty of celery, carrots, mushrooms, and, the special ingredient, turnips, this stew will provide you with all the necessary minerals and nutrients to keep you strong and healthy. 

The hardest challenge you’ll face with this recipe is preparing all the different vegetables, but once done, simply throw everything into a pot and watch it cook. 

12. Crispy Turnip And Bean Balls

An unlikely but delicious combination is turnips and beans! Mixed together they become a crispy, delightfully flavored dish. 

With only four ingredients, you can’t go wrong!

Onion, whole wheat flour, turnips, and beans come together for these crispy balls – perfect for adding to your favorite sandwiches, wraps, or eating them on their own with a dipping sauce. 

13. Turnip Dahl

Dahl is an Indian dish made with an array of spices and lentils. For this recipe, in under 30 minutes, you’ll have dinner served on the table!

Garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and a bit of cayenne pepper come together to create a gloriously spiced meal.

And the secret ingredient? Turnips!

The turnips are cooked in a pot until tender, then brought to a boil with the coconut milk and the rest of the ingredients until it is combined and well-fused together. 

14. Fragrant Pilaf With Hazelnuts & Braised Turnips

Give turnips a chance this summer with this fragrant pilaf with hazelnut and braised turnips recipes. 

In the summer, turnips usually feature a sweet taste, incorporated in this recipe, you’ll have the perfect pilaf. 

Generally, a great pilaf is all about balancing both light and fragrant spicing with perfectly cooked rice. 

15. Pickled Turnips

You can’t call yourself a turnip fan if you’ve never tried pickled turnips!

In middle Eastern cuisine, these pink turnip pickles are a staple, making them the perfect addition to sandwiches, falafels, mezze platters, kebabs, and more. 

Their vibrant, bright coloring comes from the added beetroot.

Vinegary, bold, and slightly garlicky with a satisfying crunch, this recipe will make you want to preserve your turnips all year round.

Final Thoughts

Before you go ahead and disregard turnips, why not give these recipes a try?

You never know, they might just change your mind about this versatile root vegetable.

From gratins to dahls to fries, hopefully, this guide has provided you with some turnip inspiration for your next meal.

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