Marinated Maple & Orange Salad with Turnips & More!

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I brought home some fresh “salad” turnips from a local market today that the lady working the stand described as “slightly sweet.” My three year-old son actually picked out this specific bunch because they were the “biggest” ones. She suggested we slice them in a salad. Two things came to mind: 1. I bet my boys will eat them sliced and 2. I can’t wait to make a salad with them tonight.

If you’d like to try it, here are the ingredients:

  • 1 Turnip (small to medium) sliced as thin as you can, then cut in half
  • Turnip greens attached to the turnip you sliced, Chopped in half
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 2 Red onion slices (thin)
  • 1/4 Cucumber sliced and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Pecans toasted for a few minutes
  • 1 TB Maple syrup (the real stuff)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp Orange zest (before you cut up the orange) – more orange flavor with less liquid
  • 1 Navel orange cut into pieces
  • 1 TB fresh squeezed orange (from the rest of the orange along the rind)
  • 1 TB Olive oil

Finishing directions:

  • Put all vegetables into a bowl
  • Drizzle with maple syrup
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Toss well with tongs
  • Sprinkle toasted pecans on top
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Toss once more and serve
  • Optional: top with Parmesan, Manchego, Goat or Feta cheese (my wife and I both commented that the salad was great, but a little cheese would have been nice too)

I would love to hear if you try and how yours comes out!

Happy cooking,
John

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