Not The Usual Slaw
Rutabaga or Turnip
Have you ever heard of mashed rutabagas in place of potatoes for a Thanksgiving side dish? Or was it Christmas? Well, I have! What do you know about this vegetable? Maybe more than I because my knowledge is slim. Not so many years ago I’d be looking for turnips for a recipe and unknowingly pick up a rutabaga. (It’s ugly cousin.) When my “turnip” cooked up yellow yikes! If the top hadn’t been removed (I tell myself now) and I hadn’t thought they were turning a bit yellow because they were getting old I wouldn’t have made such a mistake. Ha!
Did you know this root vegetable is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. So, guess what! This slaw is versatile make it with cabbage, turnips or rutabagas. And don’t fear the ugliness of the rutabaga it cleans up nicely and really doesn’t taste much different from a turnip neither having a strong flavor in my opinion. My excuse for ground black pepper!
5 Cups peeled shredded rutabaga or turnip (or cabbage or mix it up)
1 Red bell pepper-sliced or green if you prefer (or jalapeño for a bit of bite)
1 Bunch of green onions-sliced (about one cup)
3/4 Cup mayonnaise
1/4 Cup cider vinegar (less for non-vinegar fans)
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon pepper
Mix the dressing until smooth and salt and sugar dissolve.
Pour dressing over prepared vegetables and mix.
Refrigerate for an hour or so to meld flavors.