Jicama, Orange and Radish Salad – Recipe

 Jicama_Salad

When I serve a filling entree, I like to have a refreshing salad. It offers a nice contrast, makes the meal a little lighter, and cuts the fattiness of the main dish. Here is a simple version, dressed only with fresh orange jucie, that goes great with Mexican and other Latin-American meals. You can work on it while your entree finishes cooking, or it is a great task to give to a friendly volunteer. Don't forget to pass them a cerveza!

If you haven't had jicama (pronounced hee-come-uh) before, you are in for a treat. The texture is crisp like an apple and a little sweet. I believe there are uses for it cooked, but I've only used them for salads. They are surprisingly easy to find in the specialty section of fairly average grocery stores, and of course you can find them at Mexican markets.

Jicama, Orange and Radish Salad
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free
Serves 4 as a little side dish

  • 1/2 jicama peeled and cut into 1/4" x 1/4" x 2" batons
  • 1 big handful radishes, trimmed and cut into quarters
  • 4 valencia oranges, cut into supremes (segments without the membrane, see this post for more discussion and another use), juice reserved
  • handful of cilantro leaves, roughly torn
  • salt
  • black pepper
  1. Combine the jicama, radishes, orange segments and cilantro with a big pinch of salt and several hearty grinds of pepper.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the orange juice and toss lightly.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning.
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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, November 9th, 2009 in Gluten-Free or modifiable, Recipes, Salads, Vegan or Modifiable.

3 Responses to “Jicama, Orange and Radish Salad – Recipe”

  1. November 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Never ate jicama, not even sure if I could find it here! I am corious!

  2. June 5, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    This might be the perfect solution to the bunch of radishes I have in my fridge. I love jicama, and the bite of radish seems like a great compliment.

  3. December 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    I always serve Jicama at dinnertime sliced in sticks with a squeeze of lemon on top. My whole family wipes it out right away. Its healthy and low calorie. I am going to try this salad this weekend!

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