Mandarin orange salad with parsnip is a quick, simple & easy salad recipe. It's sweet and crunchy with a mild acid from orange and mandarin that you don't even feel the bitter taste of black radish. Appreciate the parsnip nutty taste while mandarin juice bursts in your mouth. Your weight loss & anti-inflammatory salad recipe.
This parsnip recipe is a creation of its own, it's unique. It hasn't been long since I started cooking with parsnip, I'll be glad to share more parsnip recipes, and while we might think of it as a white carrot, it's not a carrot.
Mandarin oranges are in season, and they pair so well with parsnip in this mandarin orange salad. I love this salad recipe because none of the ingredients is overwhelming. It's a perfect combination of sweet, tart, bitter, and nuttier flavors.
"Wait a minute!"
"Could you explain what parsnip is"
"With pleasure, my dear"
What are parsnips
Parsnip is a root white vegetable that has been grown since ancient times in Europe and Asia.
Although they look like carrots and you'd think of them as white carrots, Parsnips are different, but they belong to the same family as carrots, dill, and parsley.
Parsnips are also referred to as forgotten vegetables as they're rarely consumed now than some years back.
Some years back, parsnip was used as a sweetener in Europe before sugarcane took over.
Parsnips are a good source of
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamins like C, folate, E, B6, and thiamin, among others
- Pantothenic acid
What does parsnip taste like?
They are enjoyed for their flesh white root, which has a nuttier, earthly taste. It's sweet but not like carrots when raw, but parsnip becomes sweeter after cooking. While carrot is juicy, parsnip is fibrous.
Now, do you see why this mandarin orange salad with parsnip recipe is deliciously sweet?
"What about mandarin orange?"
Mandarine oranges, also known as mandarin or mandarine, are thought to have come from India, crossing through China, where they acquired their name.
They are sweeter and less acidic than oranges.
Calories in a mandarin orange
From a medium-size mandarin orange, you'll get;
- around 40 calories count
- 10.1g carbs
- 1.4g fiber
- 0.6g protein
- 26.6mg vitamin C
- 680 IU vitamin A
- 166mg Potassium
- 37g Calcium
How to make a mandarin orange salad
This mandarin orange salad calls for very few ingredients, yet it's nutritious and healthy. A perfect weight loss salad, it has a lot of fiber, especially from parsnip.
- Start by toasting some seeds and nuts of your choice and let them cool down.
- You need a vegetable grater for your parsnips; don't get the big mature ones as they're very fibrous.
- Grate a small part of black radish. I grate them very finely so that I feel less of its bitter taste
- Peel your mandarin, and separate the segments
- Get the orange supremes, and save the orange juice by squeezing the orange membranes in a bowl.
- Make a deliciously sweet dressing using orange juice, yogurt, and some olive oil.
- Mix and season. Voilà, your mandarin orange salad with parsnip is ready to be enjoyed.
This mandarin orange salad is low in carbs, making it fit for weight loss. High in vitamin C, add this salad to your anti-inflammatory diet. It also will help you improve your digestion.
Do you know parsnip? do you cook with it? What is your favorite parsnip recipe? What do you think about this raw parsnip recipe?
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My love to you, Githu.
Mandarin orange salad with parsnip
- 1 cup grated parsnip (use a vegetable grater)
- 1 mandarin orange (segments)
- 1 orange (for zest, supremes & juice)
- A thumb of black radish
- 2 tablespoon Pan toasted seeds & nuts
- 1 lemon (for juice +zeste)
- 1 yogurt (90g)
- 1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
- pinch of salt
- freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- Bring the grated parsnip, black radish, mandarin segments, and nuts & sees in a big salad bowl
- Get the zest of both orange and lemon by using the vegetable grater
- Squeeze the lemon on the parsnip
- Get the orange supremes and add them in the bowl
- Squeeze out the juice in orange membranes in a small bowl
- In that small bowl add yogurt, oil, black pepper, and salt. Whisk well
- Pour the dressing on the ingredients in the bowl
- Mix well
- Sprinkle the zest on top after serving, enjoy your mandarin orange salad
- If you have some remaining dressing, put in a small jar and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days
- Thank you for sharing and pinning this recipe. My love to you, kiss.
I've never tasted black radish and the mention of bitter scares me off a bit. How important is it regarding addition of flavor/nutrition of the salad?
This salad looks delicious; it's on my meal planner for the week.
Hi Nora, thank you for being here. Well, black radish's tastes really depend on a person's tastes, I've talked to people who eat it on its own. I love it for its health benefits, it's used to stimulate the bile, thus helping in detoxifying the body and the liver. It doesn't enhance any taste in this salad so you can add it or omit it. But again, you just need to grate a small piece of it. Choose fresh black radish where possible I find them less bitter. Wrap the remaining black radish in a craft paper or a piece of cloth, keep in a freezer bag in your vegetable rack in your fridge and it can stay there for weeks... Kisses to you Nora, I hope you'll love this salad.
I LOVE parsnips but sadly I'm the only one in the family that likes them. I just threw out a huge bag full. They were from my mom's garden and were quite spongy. I wish there was something I could do with them (like this salad).
Oh, Bernice, I am glad you found this recipe. Check out the pancake with parsnips as well and I hope this time your family can enjoy parsnips.
This beautiful salad is full of texture and flavors. This is on the top of my list of a must try... but to find a black radish might be a challenge. Thanks for the great recipe.