Pickled Turnips

Pickled Turnips

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

Pickled turnips are a popular Middle Eastern mezes. Adding a beet slice to each jar turns the turnips pink; you can omit this step if you like.

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  • 2½ pounds turnips, peeled and cut into ¼- to ½-inch-thick wedges or sticks (about 8 cups)
  • 6 slices peeled beet
  • 3-6 whole large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 cups distilled white vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


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  1. Divide turnips among 6 pint-size (2-cup) canning jars or similar-size tempered-glass or heatproof-plastic containers with lids. Add 1 beet slice to each jar (this dyes the pickles pink) and divide the garlic slices among the jars.
  2. Combine vinegar, 3 cups water, salt and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the salt and sugar dissolve. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Carefully fill jars (or containers) with brine to within ½ inch of the rim, covering the turnips completely. (Discard any leftover brine.)
  4. Place the lids on the jars (or containers). Refrigerate for at least 1 week before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
  • Equipment: 6 pint-size (2-cup) canning jars or similar-size tempered-glass or heatproof-plastic containers with lids

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 9 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 0 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 100 mg sodium; 58 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: free food

Reviews 2

August 04, 2016
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By: Evan Hanna
This is one hell of a yummy turnip pickle. I love it. I made it again and again. I just added more Beetroot as I love them other than that, it's perfect. its deliciously yum and will always make it.
March 29, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Fun use of farm share turnips and beet Our CSA farm share gave us some huge turnips right at the end of the season. I found two pickled turnip recipes online. As usual, I liked the Eating Well recipe better. The other one called for half a cup of salt for the same number of pints! I used a tablespoon of apple juice concentrate instead of sugar. The neon pink color was stunning, they made a great conversation piece, and it was fun to have people guess what kind of pickle they were eating! Pros: Much less salt than other turnip pickle recipe I found online Cons: Time consuming
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