Turnip Slaw Recipe
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Turnip Slaw Recipe

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I found this recipe in a local newspaper when we moved to Arkansas almost 20 years ago. The recipe was said to be so good that even people "burned out" on turnips would like it. I'd never heard of slaw made from turnips, but I tried it and now my husband likes it better than cabbage slaw.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups shredded peeled turnips

Nutritional Facts

113 calories: 1 cup, 4g fat (0g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except turnips. Pour over turnips and toss well to coat. Refrigerate several hours for flavors to blend. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Turnip Slaw in Reminisce January/February 1992, p37

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"I am a newly diagnosed diabetic looking for things I can eat and I saw this recipe and tried it. I like it much better than regular coleslaw. Green onion were out of season so I did change and fix 1/2 a white onion and the onion was a bit much so I would certainly fix it again but use less onion. It is going in my recipe box so that should tell you something."

Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"Excellent! Does have a bit different flavor than regular cole slaw, but loved it!!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2008

"I made this slaw and put it on the table for dinner without saying anything about it. My family helped themselves to their portion and ate without comment. As my son was getting his second serving, I couldn't contain myself any longer so I asked, "How do you like the turnips?"

His reply was "Um, good," but my other son asked, "What turnips?" My husband piped up, "Where's the turnips?" They didn't even realize they had been eating them! First son said, though, that he thought the cabbage was a bit whiter and crunchier than usual.
I've made turnip slaw many times since."

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