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Fermented pink turnip pickles

Fermented Lebanese Pink Pickled Turnips Recipe

Discover our recipe of fermented Lebanese pickled turnips that will make your taste buds flutter!

These Middle Eastern fermented pink turnips  are as colourful as they are tasty. And they are a must for any self-respecting shawarmas!

This fermented version has a milder vinegar taste, but is just as crisp and delicious as the pickled ones found in restaurants.

Wondering how these turnips can see life in pink? You don't need a radioactive weapon to get this fluorescent colour: a few pieces of beet in the brine will do the trick!

Jar of Pink Turnip Pickles
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of fermentation: lactic
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Fermentation time: 3-4 weeks

Discover our lacto-fermentation guide to learn all about fermenting vegetables.



The jars (or other containers) that you are going to use for fermentation are the basis of the recipe, as the amount of salt added is calculated according to their volume.

Here is an example that works well for this kind of recipe, but feel free to change the size and type of container. All you have to do is adjust the amount of salt in proportion to the volume of the container you are using.



  • About 700g of turnip or rutabaga, or enough to fill the jars
  • 1 small beet, for color
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 teaspoons (20g) of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • Shish taouk spices, or any inspiring blend (optional)
  • Water in sufficient quantity*

*If the water is highly chlorinated, filter or let it stand in a jug for 30 minutes.



  1. Pour 2 level teaspoons of salt (10g) into each jar.
  2. Add pepper and spices.
  3. Peel the turnips and beet, then cut into sticks of a size that will fit nicely into your future sandwiches. Peel the garlic.
  4. Pile the turnip sticks vertically with the garlic and beets, until they are tightly packed and cannot rise during fermentation.
  5. Pour in water to submerge the turnips (nothing should stick out).
  6. Add a fermentation weight or a ViscoDisc to keep the vegetables underwater.
  7. Close and gently stir the jars to dissolve the salt.
  8. Make sure that the lids are not too tight, so that the pressure can come out naturally during fermentation.
  9. Place the jars on a small plate to catch any excess liquid.
  10. Leave to ferment at room temperature for about 3 weeks (or more).
Fermenting Pink Turnip Pickle
With time, the turnips will take on the beautiful pink hue of the beet.


Open the jar and taste! Eat as is, submerge in a shameful amount of garlic sauce, or slip into any Middle Eastern-inspired sandwich (kebab, falafel, etc.). Delicious as a raw vegetable, dipped in hummus and baba ganoush.

Can be kept 1 year or more in the refrigerator.


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