Vibrant pink sticks of Middle eastern pickled turnips. Served alongside other mezes like hummus, olive tapenade, spicy roasted red pepper and feta dip, dates, and a baguette.
Homemade Takeout, Pickles, Vegetarian

Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips

Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips are an absolute must in my house! My favorite pickle of ALL the pickles. Yep, I said what I said; they’re that good. 

Pickled Turnips are vinegary, have just a slight hint of heat, and are completely addicting! If you’re a fan of gyros, falafel, and kebabs, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve had these. 


I swear I was holding a dill pickle when my mom birthed me. I joke that I started pickling out of necessity. The pickle obsession was manageable as a single person but then I met my match.

My husband eats pickles and olives like they’re a main food group and the costs were getting out of control! Sure, I love my bougie Farmers’ market pickles as much as the next person, but my husband could crush one of those $14 jars during a brunch alone.

Once you buy a few large pickling jars, a big jug of white vinegar, and kosher salt; you’re pretty much covered! Just buy whatever vegetables you wish to pickle and any herbs/spices you want to add. It’s sooooooooooo much less expensive!


In my opinion, homemade consumables are a thoughtful, delicious, and original small gift idea. Not everyone drinks wine but I’m convinced that everyone loves pickles! Homemade pickles are your new gift-giving best friend!

Turnip Heaven at the Fort Mason Farmers Market in San Francisco.
An aerial view of a table full of mezes. Middle Eastern pickled turnips being front and center, flanked by hummus, tirokafteri, olive tapenade, dates, and fresh bread.
1. A TABLE FULL OF MEZES: Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips; Tirokafteri (Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip); Hummus; Olive Tapenade; Medjool dates; and fresh bread.


Vibrant pink sticks of Middle eastern pickled turnips. Served alongside other mezes like hummus, olive tapenade, spicy roasted red pepper and feta dip, dates, and a baguette.

Middle Eastern Pickled Turnips

Sabrina Snyder from Dinner Then Dessert
Pickled Turnips are an absolute must in my house! My favorite pickle of ALL the pickles. Yep, I said what I said; they're that good!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest Time In The Fridge 4 days
Total Time 4 days 20 minutes
Course Pickles
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 12
Calories 29 kcal


  • 1 medium pot
  • 1 large mason or pickle jar


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt MUST BE KOSHER SALT. Do not use table salt or sea salt.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 lbs turnips peeled and cut into 1/2″ thick batons
  • 1 beet small beet; cut into 1/2" thick batons
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped


  • In a medium sized pot, add the water, Kosher salt, and bay leaves. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring until salt is completely dissolved, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Let cool completely, then stir in the vinegar.
  • In a large container with a tight-fitting lid, add your turnips and beets, then add the garlic on top.
  • Pour the liquid over the turnips into the container.
  • Let sit in the fridge for 5-7 days.


These Pickled Turnips are good for a solid month in the fridge, but I doubt they’ll last that long! 
Keyword Fridge Pickles, Homemade Pickles


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  5. 5 stars
    Perfect pickled turnips. They are my favorites. Especially during winter season I make sure to always have them in my fridge. They go well with mezes or just as a snack (especially for those pregnancy cravings)
    This authentic recipe is easy and fast to make.

  6. 5 stars
    Just tried these this last weekend. Turned out great! Yummy yummy, definitely recommend for folks to try them out.

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