Jicama Salad Is Delicious As Well As Nutritious

29 Mar

Jicama SaladJicama is a root vegetable that is also known as Mexican turnip, yam bean, etc. The plant is a vine that is native to Mexico. But, the name jicama is usually used to refer to the edible root of this plant. Apart from the root, other parts of the plant are poisonous. This root vegetable has a papery rind and the cream-colored flesh is crispy with a slight sweetness. It can be compared to the texture of apple or a pear, but, is less sweet. Being mild in flavor, this root vegetable is ideal for salads, salsas, etc. One of the popular vegetables used in Mexican cuisine, jicama is widely used in vegetable dishes, fruit bars, soups and salads. If you are interested in preparing jicama salad, this article will provide you with some simple and easy recipes for the same.

Jicama Salad Recipes

So, jicama is one of those ideal vegetables for salads. Its jicama nutritional benefits can also be obtained by pairing it with cilantro, lemon, ginger, red onion, oranges, sesame oil, etc. The following are some of the popular jicama salad recipes, prepared with some of the above said materials.

Jicama Veg Salad

This jicama salad recipe contains some of the nutritious vegetables, along with jicama. In order to prepare this recipe, you require the following ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Jicama – 1 (large)
  • Cucumber – 1 (large)
  • Carrots – 2 (large)
  • Shredded radish – ½ cup
  • Freshly chopped cilantro – ¼ cup
  • Rice vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  • Ancho chili powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Lime juice – from 3 limes
  • Red pepper – 1
  • Lime zest – 1 tablespoon
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Canola oil – ½ cup
  • Salt and pepper – for taste

How to Prepare

Start with rinsing the vegetables. Peel and shred jicama, carrots and radish. Peel cucumber and cut into thin slices. Even the red pepper has to be cut into thin slices. The next step is to prepare the jicama salad dressing by mixing lime juice, honey, canola oil, lime zest, ancho chili pepper and honey, in a small bowl. Add chopped cilantro, along with salt (Kosher salt is preferred) and pepper as per your requirement. Now, take a salad bowl and place the shredded and cut vegetables. Mix the salad dressing with the shredded vegetables and let it sit for around 15 to 20 minutes. There is no need to refrigerate this salad, before serving.

Jicama and Orange Salad

Ingredients

  • Jicama (diced) – 2 cups
  • Seedless oranges – 3
  • Red onions (finely chopped) – ¼ cup
  • Freshly chopped cilantro – 3 tablespoons
  • Red bell peppers (finely chopped) – 3 tablespoons
  • Orange juice (freshly squeezed) – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and ground pepper – as per taste

Preparation method

As mentioned above, clean and wash the vegetables. Finely chop onions, cilantro and red peppers. Peel the jicamas and dice them. The oranges have to be peeled and cut into sections. All you have to do is to take a salad bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients. Put all the ingredients in the bowl and toss them. Your orange jicama salad is ready to serve.

Jicama Salad with Cilantro

This is one of the easy and simple recipes to prepare jicama salad with cilantro. As per this recipe, you need a kilogram of jicama vegetable that have to be washed and peeled, before cutting into juliennes. Rinse and chop fresh cilantro. You need ¼ cup of chopped cilantro leaves, for this recipe. The next step is to squeeze the juice of fresh lime and keep aside ¼ cup of lime juice. Once you are ready with the ingredients, put them in a large salad bowl and sprinkle some salt and ground pepper, as per your requirement. Now, sprinkle the lime juice over the jicama and toss the contents of the bowl. Keep your jicama cilantro salad in the refrigerator, before serving.

Now, you have a fair idea about preparing jicama salad recipe. There are many such recipes that can be prepared with a whole lot of other ingredients. You may collect other jicama salad recipes and try them too.

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