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"Brother's Gonna Work It Out" Shaved Root Vegetable Salad

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My daughter teases that a root vegetable salad is "old peoples' salad! But she never passes on fixing a large plate of this simple and delicious salad that brings together farm-fresh ingredients.

Shaved Root Vegetable Salad

When you grow-up with your grandparents and spend a fair amount of time with your grandmother and her crew of girlfriends and sisters, you will undoubtedly eat your fair share of root vegetables - beets, rutabagas, turnips, etc and become quite familiar with The Young and The Restless.  My grandma loved the character Neil Winters who she always said "Neil gone work it out" whenever his wife Dru messed up. 

Shaved Root Vegetable Salad Ingredients

Choice of vegetables depends on your preference. Don't get hung-up on following the ones specified in the recipe. 

  • Beets
  • Radish
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Lemon
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

How To Make Root Vegetable Salad

Step 1: Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, shave each vegetable into long thin slices

Step 2: Mix the lemon juice, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and herbs for your vinaigrette

Step 3: Toss the salad and serve

Serving Suggestions

I like to eat this simple tasty salad with grilled meats such as any of the following:

Smoked Trout

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Coffee Rubbed Hanger Steak

Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers

Nigerian Beef Suya Skewers

Smoked and Fried Cornish Hen

Smoked Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chop

Tips For Making Salad w/ Root Vegetables

  • Choose your favorite root vegetables whether they are included in this recipe or not
  • For more tender texture, blanch the sliced vegetables first
  • Add green vegetables to give this more of a true salad feel

Shaved Root Vegetables Salad

For other root vegetable recipes try these:

Roasted Celery Root Steak

Mashed Root Vegetables

Smoked Beet Salad

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Shaved Root Vegetable Salad

Shaved Root Vegetable Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh herbs cilantro, basil, parsley, etc.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium golden beet peeled
  • 2 small radishes peeled
  • 1 carrot peeled
  • 1 medium cucumber peeled


Make the vinaigrette

  • Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.

Make the salad

  • Thinly slice beets, cucumber, carrot, and radishes using a mandoline. Place vegetables in a medium bowl. Spoon vinaigrette over vegetables. Add herbs and then toss to coat.
  • Season with salt and pepper.


The carrot and beet greens can be chopped and added to the herb mix for additional flavor
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