23 Ways to Eat Root Vegetables During Peak Season

bowls of beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and peas
Photo: Matthew Francis

Root vegetables are easily accessible and super healthy, so why not incorporate more of them into your weeknight routine? Turnips, garlic, carrots, potatoes, and the rest of the roots get a turn in this list of delicious recipes that range from a moist ginger cake to roasted beets smothered in goat cheese.

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Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

overhead shot herb-garnished curry with spoon in minimal white bowl
voraciousgirl

A comforting, customizable gluten-free curry that's ready in under an hour. Pour over rice and you're ready for dinner.

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Lebanese Radish Salad

overhead shot of thinly sliced radish , walnuts and dill

All of the crisp and peppery snap you want tossed in a mixture of lemon, honey, and mint. This simple salad is both beautiful and healthy.

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Air Fryer Sweet and Spicy Roasted Carrots

colorful roasted carrots garnished with green herb
Yoly

Fragrant, tender carrots made easy in the air fryer. Hot honey and cardamon create a uniquely addictive flavor that you'll be craving over and over.

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Sweet Potato and Pastrami Hash

Sweet Potato and Pastrami Hash in a grey pot
rquill67

This dish gives maximum flavor to root vegetables — potatoes, carrots, and parsnips are cooked with three different meats over high heat.

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Honey-Sriracha Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables

roasted chicken with root vegetables
Emily Harper

This recipe is bursting with good flavors. Chicken thighs are seasoned, seared, and added to a host of root vegetables and spicy honey sauce.

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Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup
Liz Dalton 'Lizzie'

"This soup is amazing," says mamaj2005. "It's the perfect mixture of slightly sweet with spicy undertones!" A dollop of yogurt for garnish completes this wholesome dish.

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Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
Photo by Chef John.

Beets are back — equipped with creamy goat cheese, champagne vinegar, and finely chopped walnuts for a well-balanced bite.

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Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage, Apple, and Root Veggie Dinner

root veggie bake with smoked sausage and apple
Kim

A colorful array of winter bounty that embraces traditional flavor pairings. Apples, pork, and rosemary cook alongside potatoes and onions until caramelized.

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Leek and Potato Soup with Shrimp

large black bowl of soup with large shrimp for garnish
naples34102

"Leeks are softened and slow-cooked with potatoes, creating a savory flavor, " says recipe creator Diana 71. "The surprise addition of shrimp sweetens the creamy soup, making it a perfect starter course or a light dinner."

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Radish Top Soup

vibrant light green soup with radish garnish
Buckwheat Queen

Don't toss your radish greens — make this vibrant soup instead. Potatoes and chicken broth give the flavor a wonderful depth. Mix your ingredients in a blender for a smooth finish.

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Mom's Potato Latkes

overhead shot of small latkes on scalloped white serving dish

Beautifully crispy rounds of potato ready in under a half hour. "Excellent and just like Mom's" says cecefltrn. "She made these frequently during Lent as a side dish with salmon patties and stewed tomatoes."

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Caldo Gallego

a hearty bowl of bacon, greens, and white bean soup
Kozzak

Caldo gallego is a Galician dish that combines smoked ham with turnips and turnip greens. Several cloves of garlic give the soup a pleasantly sharp flavor.

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Chef John's Root Vegetable Gratin

Chef John's Root Vegetable Gratin in a casserole dish
Chef John

Parsnips and celery root get their chance to shine in this simple layered dish. Gooey cheese and fresh herbs are poured over thinly sliced root veggies for a decadent side dish you're sure to love.

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Carrot Pineapple Cake

overhead shot of pineapple walnut cake- fruit floral shaped
Linda

This top-rated dessert has everything — beauty, simplicity, and optional cream cheese frosting. Pineapple and coconut 's sweetness is grounded by mellow carrots.

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Classic, Hearty Beef Stew

bowls of beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and peas
Matthew Francis

Keep it simple and absolutely delicious. Round steak, potatoes, red wine, and herbs de Provence simmer to make a luscious stew that will definitely leave you satisfied.

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Instant Pot Rutabaga Mash

a white ceramic serving dish of mashed rutabaga garnished with a sprinkling of chopped parsley
France C

Recipe creator France C describes her dish as a "lower-carb alternative to mashed potatoes that can easily be made in a fraction of the time using a pressure cooker. The mash has a nice creamy and chunky texture."

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Sea Bass a la Michele

Sea Bass a la Michele
The Gruntled Gourmand

Chilean sea bass is cooked over softened potatoes and red jalapeños. Paprika and green onion give this easy seafood dish a flavorful edge.

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Celery Root Fries

rustic, browned fired with white dipping sauce
Buckwheat Queen

Did you know horseradish is actually a root vegetable? Put it to good use in this spicy mayo that pairs with air-fried celery root fries.

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Slow Cooker Borscht

Bowl of red soup with spoon
Shans

Recipe creator DAVISAM1 calls this recipe "one of my family's ultimate winter comfort foods." Beets give the dish its bright, trademark color while vinegar, brown sugar, and dill weed create a unique and soothing taste.

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Boscobel Beach Ginger Cake

Boscobel Beach Ginger Cake on a cake stand with whipped cream
Allrecipes Magazine

A Jamaican ginger cake with rich, tantalizing sweetness. This recipe uses both ground and fresh ginger for a double dose of spice.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
Candied Sweet Potatoes | Photo by Meredith.

A decadent treat of sliced sweet potatoes blanketed by toasted marshmallows. Usually reserved for holidays, this silky dish is good anytime you want to indulge.

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Roasted Carrot Salad

roasted carrots tossed with cranberries, blue cheese, almonds, and arugula in a colorful display
Greg Scheidemann

Roasted carrots are tossed in a salad of arugula, honey, cider vinegar, and dried cranberries. Blue cheese adds a pungency that works well with the sweet elements.

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Herbed Garlic Bread

Herbed Garlic Bread
Herbed Garlic Bread.

A simple, delicious bread that can be prepared in minutes. Garlic, butter, and parsley take center stage in this recipe that gives us all the homemade feels without the fuss.

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