Swede – the unloved vegetable on the green grocer’s shelves. We are on a mission to show that this vegetable deserves as much love as other Winter vegetables. Known also as rutabega, a fancy name for sure, it is often mistaken for turnip, but turnip is a completely different beast.
The turnip is sophisticated, while the swede is common and a bit bogan. Turnips are white with purple tops, crisp and slightly bitter. They are perfect eaten raw in salads or as snacks, and are delightful if cooked but still retain some crunch. The swede is pretty unusual in that it’s yellow, less bitter than its sister vegetable, turnip, and some will say that they are sweeter. They have been described as strongly flavoured but today’s swede tastes a little of turnip and a little of apple. They can also be eaten raw in salads, or, more commonly, are cooked.
This is a salad where Swede is used raw and mixed with Fennel and tart Apple. It is a salad that really celebrates winter vegetables. You will love it. I have given you two forms – the first is a crunchy salad, and the second option is to add some yoghurt and pine nuts. Both are great.
Swede, Fennel and Tart Apple Salad
250g swede, peeled and shredded
2 small fennel bulbs, finely chopped
2 green apples, peeled and shredded
juice of 1 lemon
4 Tblspn extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp black sesame seeds, poppy seeds or kalonji seeds
salt to taste
handful of chopped parsley
Combine the swede, fennel and apples in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
Stir in the olive oil, yoghurt, black sesame seeds or poppy seeds or kalonji, and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
Serve the salad as it is, or add chopped parsley.
Swede, Fennel and Tart Apple Salad with Yoghurt
Take the above recipe and add 200g Greek or Indian yoghurt
and garnish with 1 Tblspn toasted pinenuts as well as the parsley.
recipe notes and alternatives
Other vegetables can be included in this salad, or the recipe used for other vegetable combinations. Suitable vegetables include carrot, daikon, red radish, jicama, green mango, cabbage, pears, etc.