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RECIPE: Marinated Winter Root Vegetables with Fresh Citrus

  • Author: Caroline Sörbom



For the salad:

  • 2 large turnips, scrubbed and peeled
  • 1 large beet (or 2 small), scrubbed and peeled
  • 1 medium daikon radish, scrubbed and peeled
  • 1 medium Cortland apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1 red grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 1 small head butter lettuce (mine was hydroponic from Mass.-based Gotham Greens)
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or liquid honey)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon freshly peeled and grated horseradish*
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or very finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste

*You can substitute 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish here, but it seems easier to find horseradish root versus prepared horseradish in Boston-area markets.


  1. In a jar with a lid, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, mustard, water, vinegar, horseradish, garlic, salt and pepper and shake vigorously until emulsified. Alternatively, combine all the the ingredients but the oil together in a bowl and slowly pour in the oil while whisking.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Using the thinnest slice setting on the mandolin (and the guard!) slice the root vegetables as thinly as possible. You can also use a very sharp knife to do this but make sure the slices are thin as can be. Add the vegetables into a bowl and toss with the herbs and ¾ of the dressing (taste first to see if you want to add the rest.) Eat now, or let the salad sit in the fridge overnight. 
  3. The next day (or day after): Rinse and dry the butter lettuce and tear it into small pieces and add into a large bowl. Add the marinated root vegetables and the leftover dressing (if you wish) and put the grapefruit on top. Optional: Drizzle the grapefruit with balsamic vinegar.