Crunchy Celery, Radish and Turnip Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce

By • May 23, 2012 • 54 Comments


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Author Notes: This crunchy salad-slaw adds a nice cool element to many dishes. I use it in spring and all summer long on hotdogs, in tacos or just as a salad with any meal. Today it was a delicious addition to our dinner’s roasted chicken and Tortilla Española.Kukla

Food52 Review: WHO: Kukla is a classical pianist who has loved cooking and baking since her teens.
WHAT: A summer salad that combines a tangy, creamy dressing with a who's who list of crispy vegetables: radishes, young turnips, celery, and scallions.
HOW: Don't bother turning on the stove -- a whisk, a knife, and a chopping block are the only tools you'll need here.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Sturdy enough to be picnic-ready, yet classy enough for the fanciest of picnics, we'll be toting this salad along to outdoor fetes all summer long.
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Serves 4 to 6

  • • 1/2 head celery (about 6-7 stalks), peeled and thinly sliced, leaves picked and reserved
  • • 1 bunch radishes, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • • 1 bunch young turnips, ends trimmed, halved and thinly sliced
  • • 5 spring onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • • 1/2 cup fresh flat leave parsley, chopped
  • For the sauce:
  • • 3 tablespoons Gorgonzola Dolce blue cheese, room temperature
  • • 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
  • • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice plus 2 teaspoons zest
  • • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • • 10 grinds black pepper
  • • 2 teaspoons sugar
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the blue cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and zest, sugar, salt and pepper until well combined. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  2. Just before serving in a large bowl toss all the vegetables, chopped parsley and celery leaves; add the sauce and mix well to combine. Taste for seasonings and serve.

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4 months ago I_Fortuna

I make this often as it is hubby's favorite. I use apple cider vinegar instead of lime. I use Roquefort or Danish blue and Roaring Forties Blue (very salty). Roaring Forties is delicious but taste it first before adding salt to any recipe using it. The flavor is superb. I am happy you posted this delicsious recipe!

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4 months ago Kukla

And I am happy you like my recipe! Thank you I_Fortuna!

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9 months ago marenann

Delicious! This brings back memories of one of the dishes my Baba used to make. Thank you for the reminder of happy times.

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9 months ago Kukla

Thank you marenann for the lovely comment!

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about 1 year ago khandro

any suggestions for a vegan dressing for this? Thanks!

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about 1 year ago Kukla

Here is wonderful vinaigrette:
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or any herb of your choice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Whisk orange juice, lime juice, jalapeño, 2 tablespoons dill, and zest in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup oil; season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a mason jar with a tight lid; keep in refrigerator and use as much as you need for the salad. I like to keep the salad and vinaigrette separately in the fridge. Enjoy!

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over 1 year ago Musebe

This was awesome...I might add blue lump crab meat next time I make this.

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over 1 year ago Kukla

Thank you Musebe for the nice comment! Adding crab meat is a good idea.

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over 1 year ago ChefJune

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Making this again today. It's our summer favorite!

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over 1 year ago Kukla

I am very glad you like the salad and make it often! Thanks a lot ChefJune!!!

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almost 2 years ago 43sox

Absolutely bananas delicious. I was shocked to find a recipe for a group of orphan ingredients in my fridge. Never again will I leave the turnips behind at csa pickup! Thanks kukla!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

You are very welcome! I am very glad you liked the salad!

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almost 2 years ago deepthiw

Thanks for this recipe, it was absolutely delicious! I ended up just whisking the blue cheese into some whole milk and adding lime juice, salt and pepper, but even just that was rich and perfect with the crunchy veg.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you deepthiw!

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almost 2 years ago mainesoul

Congratulations on your win. Great recipe. Beautiful too.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you very much mainesoul!!!

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almost 2 years ago calendargirl

Belated congratulations, Kukla! Love all the crunch in this salad, and the Gorgonzola is perfection.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you calendargirl! Congratulations and nice comments are never late.

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations on the win, Kukla!!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you so much gingerroot! It was a pleasant surprise.

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almost 2 years ago ChefJune

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congrats on the win, Kukla! We loved this salad so much I think I'll make it again this weekend.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thanks a lot ChefJune! I am very glad you like this salad and will make it again; and am also curious; did you tested it and recommended as a finalist? Any way thank you!!!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank You all kindly, for the warm greetings and your beautiful comments!!!

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almost 2 years ago cookingProf

What a great combination of tastes. Congratulations for the big win! Your recipes are all inspiring.

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almost 2 years ago Bevi

Hooray Kukla!

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Oh Hooray! Way to go Kukla! I'm so excited for your win! :)

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Congratulations to you too fiveandspice and thank you for being exited for me!!!
I was pleasantly surprised by the win because your pizza recipe is great, especially the slow- rising dough!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Warmest congratulations on the win Kukla, well deserved this is a beautiful recipe.

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almost 2 years ago Rmadievsky

So delicious!!! It's no wonder you were chosen as a finalist :) I look forward to seeing your recipes every week!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thanks a lot Rmadievsky for such thrilling comment!

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almost 2 years ago Randi

Wow, how delicious this was with dinner tonight. This recipe inspired me to purchase sweet japanese turnips for the first time. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch this week.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you RANDI!!! It is so good to know that people are making my salad and like it. I just want to suggest keeping the chopped vegetables and herbs separately from the sauce and only combine everything right before serving.

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

Hi Kukla! Just wanted to let you know that I made your salad and everybody loved it! The sauce really puts it all together, so cool and refreshing with that hint of lime…delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

I am very glad lapadia that you liked the salad! Thanks a lot for your congratulations and for letting me know your opinion!

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

Congratulations on your winning recipe, Kukla!!! Well deserved :)

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almost 2 years ago Katie

I tried this recipe and absolutely loved it! The dressing is incredible! Congratulations!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you Katie! I am very happy; you tried the salad and liked it! Such nice comments are the best rewards.

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almost 2 years ago cookingProf

Wow, another winning recipe, ... and so well-deserved, I might add. Congratulations, Kukla!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you so much cookingProf

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almost 2 years ago creamtea

Congratulations on becoming a finalist! This looks so summery and good!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thanks a lot creamtea!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you all so very much dear ladies for such warm and encouraging comments!!!

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almost 2 years ago Bevi

Congrats Kukla! It's so nice to see you in the finals!

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations on being a finalist Kukla! Your salad sounds wonderful, and I look forward to trying it.

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

This is a fabulous salad. I made it tonight for an impromptu get together and everyone loved it. Your blue cheese sauce is SO good - I especially love the lime in there. I'll be making this all summer. Thanks for the recipe!!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

I am so glad gingerroot that you liked the salad! Some times I add a couple hard boiled eggs for a heartier version. Thanks a lot for your congratulations and for letting me know your opinion!

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almost 2 years ago Midge

Congrats Kukla! Nice to see one of your recipes in the finals.

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

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Congrats! This looks great!!!

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Congratulations on being a finalist Kukla! This salad looks like a wonderful combination of crunchy and creamy. I think that dressing would be good on all sorts of things!

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats Kukla -- your salad looks so, so delicious and I'm very happy to see you in the finals! Looking forward to making this!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Kukla, so thrilled to see you as a finalist and this is a fantastic recipe!!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you so very much sdebrango!!!

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almost 2 years ago clcatto

This looks delicious! I might try it with a few new potatoes thrown in as well.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you clcatto! I think new potatoes are a good idea.