Before random root season is over, I have a new veggie side dish to share with you: creamed turnips and turnip greens with cashew cream sauce. It’s naturally gluten-free and low carb. To make it vegan just skip adding in the Pecorino at the end. It’s a creamy yet healthy vegetable recipe to share on Easter or with a simple weeknight meal.

turnip greens with cashew cream sauce

Why We Love This Recipe For Creamed Turnips

The last time I talked about random root season when I shared this Coconut Curry Sweet Potatoes recipe and even when I shared this helpful collection of winter CSA recipes I forgot to mention what I have been doing with all of the turnips that I have been getting in my CSA.

I came up with this Creamed Turnip Recipe as an alternative to Roasted Turnips which is how I normally make them. Prepping these low-carb and nutritious veggies this way with creamy garlic sauce makes them so special. As in worthy of a holiday meal with the Thanksgiving Turkey, or the Roasted Pork Loin for Christmas or with Roasted Chicken Thighs for a family-friendly Sunday Supper.

If you love turnips like I do make sure to check out our Turnip Casserole too! It is another great way to use up your turnips! And if you loved creamed vegetables my Creamed Spinach is on point!

turnips and greens in a bowl

How to make Creamed Turnips & Turnip Greens

1. I sizzled a smashed peeled clove of garlic in oil. This takes away the raw bite of garlic, and flavors the oil, but allows you to control how much browning the garlic gets. Plus- bonus: no chopping garlic.

2. Then make cashew cream sauce. This is a technique I learned in culinary school. It is made from raw cashews blended with water until they are completely smooth. It is a great stand-in for heavy cream. The trick is to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times to ensure the smoothest results.

Don’t be surprised if it takes a couple minutes to make the texture like that of heavy cream. I have a Vitamix, so it takes about a minute. But with a regular blender it can take two or more minutes. For this recipe, I added the above mentioned garlic clove, plus Dijon, nutmeg, white pepper and salt to really boost up the flavor. Feel free to use heavy cream instead of the cashew cream. It will not thicken as much but will still taste fantastic!

3. The turnips need to be peeled and cut into pieces. I cut them into 1-inch bite sized chunks. Add them to the garlic oil, and let them brown a bit. Then add in water and cover to let them soften and steam. Test them to see if they’re done by poking them with a fork.

4. Last, the cream sauce and greens go in at the end of the cooking time. You’ll be surprised by how thick the cashew sauce gets! It’s quite lovely. If you can’t find turnips with the greens attached, don’t worry. At this time of year it is hard to find turnip greens- since they don’t store well. So you can sub in baby kale or mustard greens (which are spicy.)

5. I added freshly grated Pecorino cheese on top of this. I’m realizing that this makes this recipe not vegan. But I am also realziing that it makes this recipe freaking delicious. Sooo, that’s why I used it. If you’re vegan- totally skip it!– You can also add a couple big pinches of nutritional yeast to the blender to make it cheesier tasting.

Serve these turnips and turnip greens with cashew cream sauce with simply prepared pork or fish casserole or honey mustard chicken.

turnips and greens with cashew cream sauce in bowl

More Recipes With Turnips and Root Vegetables

turnip greens and turnips on a plate next to bowl

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Happy Cooking! ~Katie

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Turnips and greens with Cashew Cream- a one pot side-dish. It's naturally gluten-free, low carb and has a vegan option.  #vegan #lowcarb #keto #turnips #healthysidedish #easter

Creamed Turnips (with Greens)


Turnips and turnip greens with cashew cream sauce is a naturally gluten-free and low-carb dish. It’s perfect for serving with a simple weeknight meal!


  • 1 ½ cup water, divided
  • ½ cup raw cashew pieces* See sub note
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 cups chopped turnip greens (substitute mustard greens or baby kale if unavailable)
  • 2/3 cup freshly shredded Pecorino, omit for vegan option


  1. Place 1 cup water, cashew pieces, mustard, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a blender.
  2. Swirl oil in a large skillet over medium heat add garlic, and cook, turning garlic in the hot oil occasionally, until golden brown and fragrant. Transfer the garlic from the skillet to the blender with tongs. Puree the cashew mixture until completely sooth, scraping sides once or twice, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the turnips to the garlic oil, increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring once or twice until the turnips are browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ½ cup water, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the turnips are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Remove lid from the skillet and pour the cashew cream into the turnips. Stir to coat. Bring to a simmer, add greens, and cook, stirring until they are wilted and the sauce is thick, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/3 cup Pecorino, if using. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup cheese if using.


Cashew Cream: feel free to use 1 cup heavy cream instead of the cashew cream and 1 cup water. Blend with the garlic and seasonings as you would the cashews.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 185
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 8

Keywords: turnip greens,creamed turnips,creamed turnips without dairy

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