Turnip Fauxtato Salad [Recipe]

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It’s always been a treat when grandma whips up a batch of her famous potato salad. Everyone adores it, so when I decided to attempt a low carb version, I was a little worried that I’d create something that didn’t quite live up to the expectation of her rich, creamy dish. I’m happy to announce that my mission to develop a copycat version of her potato salad without the carbs was a success thanks to the good ol’ turnip! Turnip fauxtato salad was a huge hit in our house.

If you like potato salad, you have got to try this. You will love, love, love turnip fauxtato salad. Even grandma gave it thumbs up! With only 4.2 net carbs per serving, this side dish will easily fit into your low carb diet. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

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To prep the turnip, give them a good scrub under water and cut each end off with a sharp knife. Peel the outer skin off and chop into medium size chunks. You can choose to either boil or steam your turnip chunks to thoroughly cook them. It takes about 20 minutes to do either one. You want them to be tender, not mushy… don’t overdo it.

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If you’re on a low carb diet, there’s a good chance you’ll already have hardboiled eggs in your fridge. They make such a great snack! If you don’t have any on hand, now would be a good time to boil your eggs. I almost always use a pressure cooker for this step (6 minutes on high), but a good cook on a hardboiled egg on the stovetop will take 12-15 minutes after the water has boiled. Plenty of time to prepare while your turnips are cooking.

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I should warn you that turnips retain much more water than potatoes, so you will want to strain them really well and even blot on a paper towel to remove the excess fluid. If you don’t, they will leach excess water into your salad after sitting and you will end up with a watery turnip fauxtato salad instead of a decadent, creamy one. Don’t skip this step!

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Let your turnips cool while they drain and dry. I just let them sit out on the counter on a paper towel, but you could easily pop them into the fridge if you were in a hurry. While you wait for the turnips to be ready, you can gather and prep the rest of the ingredients: 1 dill pickle, 4 tablespoons mayo, 2 teaspoons mustard, 1 teaspoon pickle juice and salt & pepper to taste.

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Coarsely chop your hardboiled eggs, mince your dill pickle, and combine all the condiments together in a large bowl. Stir it up until you have a smooth sauce, then add in the turnips. Mix everything together thoroughly to ensure the turnips are evenly coated. Give it a taste and add salt & pepper to your preference. Cover the dish in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve your delicious turnip fauxtato salad.

Turnip Fauxtato Salad [Recipe]

Yields 4 Servings

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 4 medium Turnips, chopped (400g)
  • 2 eggs, hardboiled
  • 1 dill pickle, minced
  • Mayo, 4 tablespoons
  • Mustard, 2 teaspoons
  • Pickle Juice, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


  1. Boil two pots of water.
  2. Wash and peel turnips. Chop into medium size chunks.
  3. Place turnip pieces into one pot of boiling water for 20 minutes.
  4. In the other pot of water, hardboil 2 eggs for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Remove eggs from water, place in cool water or ice bath.
  6. Strain turnips and rinse with cool water to stop them from overcooking.
  7. Place turnips on paper towels to drain excess fluid and allow cooling.
  8. Coarsely chop hardboiled eggs.
  9. Mince dill pickle.
  10. Combine mayo, mustard, pickle juice, chopped eggs and minced pickle in a large bowl. Stir until a smooth sauce is formed.
  11. Add cooled turnips to the sauce and mix until even coated.
  12. Cover in plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below! What are your personal favorite low carb and keto side dishes?

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Hey babe! I’m Tasha, the founder of Ketogasm. When I’m not in the kitchen crafting low carb recipes and geeking out on nutritional science, I help women transition to a ketogenic lifestyle. Whether you are healing with food or transforming that beautiful body of yours, I hope you find the resources on this site to be helpful on your journey!


  • Hi there tried this recipe, I enjoyed it! My kids didn't mind, my hubby didn't really care for it. I didnt add the mustard, as they all don't like mustard, but I added it to my own. It was just the right consistency. I used a 16 oz bag of pre-cut turnip, 3 eggs. I recommend to others. Just have to play with seasoning to taste.
  • I make this regularly now. I love it. I add capers and dill to mine, and leave the skins on, but it's great as is! Filling and tasty, and only about 60 calories per serving.
  • Tasha, This fauxtato salad is freakin amazing! I could only find rutabega so if anyone asks, the 'potatoes' are yukon golds. They were a touch firm but I've certainly had way crunchier potato salad at potluck dinners. I might try cooking them a bit longer but not much. I also added 1/2 chopped onion because Gramma always put onion in hers. If I didn't know it wasn't potato I don't think I would have guessed. Quick question do you salt your boiling water? Thanks for the great recipe. Val

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