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Roasted Salad Turnips w/Mint & Israeli Couscous
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

  • 1 bunch salad turnips with fresh-looking greens
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of optional red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 4-5 tablespoons Driftless sunflower oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Trim salad turnips from greens leaving a small stub of the stems attached.
  3. Wash both well to remove dirt.
  4. Halve each turnip, keeping the long tails intact.
  5. Finely chop the greens.
  6. Toss the turnips with 1-2 tablespoons of sunflower oil.
  7. Add pinches of salt and pepper, and the optional chili flakes.
  8. Place flat side-down on a roasting pan.
  9. Roast for 5-10 minutes, or just until the bottoms are lightly browned.
  10. Toss around in the pan with tongs, and continue roasting another 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  11. Meanwhile, bring a pot of 3 cups water to a bowl and add the couscous.
  12. Continue to boil for 8-10 minutes until couscous is tender.
  13. Drain.
  14. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high flame and add the garlic.
  15. Once fragrant, toss in the leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  16. Sautee until just wilted, 1-2 minutes.
  17. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  18. Combine the chopped onion with the cooled couscous and greens.
  19. Add fresh lemon juice, an extra tablespoon or so of sunflower oil.
  20. Salt and pepper to taste.
  21. Serve with the roasted radishes on top.
  22. Sprinkle mint leaves over the dish as a garnish.