Baked Turnip Fries with Greek Yogurt Dip

Fries made from turnips? Yup! If you’ve never tried a turnip, now is the time. These flavorful turnip fries are the perfect way to get more vegetables on your table.

Anyone else out there think that one of the best ways to eat vegetables is by making them into fries? I know I’m not alone in this! If you’re a parent, fries might be your secret weapon to getting your kids to eat more veggies. So far I’ve created sweet potato fries, squash fries, jicama fries… and now turnip fries.

White plate piled with turnip fries and a greek yogurt ranch dip in a glass jar.

I have very few turnip recipes here, but I love root veggies and I’m really excited to share this recipe for a couple reasons: 1) Fries are one of my favorite foods and 2) turnips are so healthy! Before I hop into the recipe, let’s chat about turnips for a quick second.

What are turnips and what do they taste like?

Turnips are a cruciferous root vegetable with a creamy white bottom and light purple top. Like most root vegetables, their peak season is fall – spring. They’re crunchy and taste kind of bland, like a cross between a carrot and a potato. They can be eaten raw or cooked, peeled or unpeeled. You can basically cook them anyway you’d cook a potato — baked, mashed, stir-fried or in soups and stews. And don’t toss the leafy green tops, the greens are edible and packed with nutrients. Turnip greens are similar to mustard greens and taste delicious sautéed in  butter or coconut oil with a little garlic, salt and pepper

Are turnips good for you?

Turnips are loaded with fiber and a variety of vitamins including vitamin K, A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, B2 and folate, as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper. They’re also a good source of phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. When compared to white potatoes, turnips are significantly lower in calories and carbs.

White plate of turnip fries over a purple napkin. A hand holds a fry that has been dipped in ranch dip.

Since I know a good portion of my readers are mamas, I wanted to chat a little more about getting your kids to eat more vegetables. (If you’re a vegetable hater yourself, this applies to you too.)

  1. I wasn’t kidding about the fries. As long as they aren’t deep fried in a ton of gross oil, fries are a great way to get new veggies into your kiddos diet! I have mastered a crispy, tasty baked fry. It takes some patience because they take awhile to get crispy but #worththewait!
  2. Shredded vegetables hidden in baked goods are my second tip. Yes, a sweeter treat with vegetables counts too! I love adding shredded zucchini or carrot to oatmeals and baked goods – they make the dish super moist. Sorry if you hate that word but it really is the best describing word for this scenario! Fair warning: sometimes you can see the shredded vegetables in the dish so if your kids are a super sleuths you might have some pushback on this. Try this zucchini bread oatmeal or these carrot cake breakfast cookies!
  3. Smoothies are an awesome way to hide veggies! IMO it’s hard to screw up smoothies. Having said that, there are some smoothies that definitely taste better than others! My tip: start with mild vegetables and build from there. Frozen zucchini and cauliflower have super mild taste and thicken smoothies without adding a lot of sugar. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you have to try this smoothie. I’m a year-round pumpkin gal…apologies if you aren’t. 😉

Feel like you have some new tips up your sleeve to get some more vegetables on the table? Know that any vegetable is a win, don’t feel like you need to have your kids eating beets (although they are delicious…).

A white plate of turnip fries and a jar of ranch dip on top of a purple napkin.

I’m pretty plain when it comes to fries and normally just stick with ketchup for dipping, but I wanted to create something fun for this recipe so I whipped up an east 3-ingredient ranch Greek yogurt dip. The dip is  absolutely delicious, but not 100% necessary to enjoy these turnip fries so feel free to serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.

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A white plate of turnip fries and a jar of ranch dip on top of a purple napkin.

Baked Turnip Fries


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Description

Fries made from turnips? Yup! If you’ve never tried a turnip, now is the time. These flavorful baked turnip fries are the perfect way to get more vegetables on your table.


Ingredients

  • 45 cups turnips (about 2 large), peeled and chopped into a fry shape
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Greek Yogurt Dip

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons ranch dip powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Add turnips to a large bowl and toss with avocado oil, salt, garlic powder, pepper and chili powder. Pour turnips on to a baking sheet (lined with parchment if you’d like).
  2. Roast for 15 minutes. Toss and continue roasting for another 10-15 minutes.
  3. While the turnips are baking, make the greek yogurt dip by adding Greek yogurt, ranch powder and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  4. Serve turnip fries with Greek yogurt dip and enjoy!
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 343
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: baked turnip fries, turnip fries

If you make these baked turnip fries with the Greek yogurt dip be sure to let me know how they turn out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and readers. 

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    9 comments
    1. Marcy Decker
      November 12, 2019 AT 3:04 pm

      I made these today in my air fryer – they were amazing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 12, 2019 AT 8:10 pm

        Hey Marcy! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed these fries! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment. 🙂

    2. Camille
      August 20, 2018 AT 4:10 pm

      Ranch powder , what kind do you get? I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 20, 2018 AT 4:21 pm

        I use the Simply Organic ranch powder. I get at Whole Foods on the chip aisle next to the shelf-stable salsas. 🙂

    3. Karl
      August 18, 2018 AT 6:47 am

      Never thought about making them look like fries. Will give it a go to see if the twins will even try them. That would be a result itself

    4. Farrah
      August 17, 2018 AT 12:33 pm

      I can’t say I’ve ever tried turnip fries before but these look so good! I think I have everything else this recipe requires–I just need to go get some turnips!

    5. Melissa
      August 13, 2018 AT 6:27 pm

      Turnips are truly one of my favorite root veggies, right next to parsnips and this idea is definitely a great one! I love roasting root vegetables, it brings out the natural sweetness and is so versatile!

    6. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
      August 13, 2018 AT 8:58 am

      yum yum yum — i definitely want to try this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 13, 2018 AT 10:25 am

        You will love these fries, Hill! <3

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