The pale hue and sturdy texture of parsnips hold up well in this simple dish, and the mild sweetness is nicely balanced by the briny bite of olives. You can also swap turnips, rutabaga, or kohlrabi, or use carrots for a more dramatic color contrast.
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- Combine olives, shallots, and capers in food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped (don’t process until smooth). Add parsley, 1 Tbs. olive oil, and lemon juice, and pulse four or five times more. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cut ends and tops off parsnips, and spiralize into long, thin noodles. Heat remaining olive oil in large skillet, and sauté parsnips 4–5 minutes, until just tender.
- Transfer parsnips to large serving bowl. Add tapenade, and toss to mix well. Shower with additional parsley, and serve immediately.