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Monday, July 23, 2012

Jicama Salad

Hi everyone!

I've been down here in Mexico for a few weeks now, and I'm getting around to a few posts based on what we make to eat here- mostly based on fresh produce, which is in abundance! To preface, a jicama is a largish roundish vegetable (Wikipedia article here). So let me tell you about this simple salad that we like to make variations of...

Here are your ingredients for the salad, plus the cilantro and mint.

And here are the rest of the dressing ingredients.

Jicama in the bowl..

Then add the carrots..

And the avocado on top!
Here's the finished dressing..

Jicama Salad (2 servings, make as much as you need!)
-about 1/3 of a jicama, cut into matchsticks
-1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
-1/2 avocado, cut up
-juice from 3 small limes
-1 tablespoon jalapeƱos or chipotle peppers
-2 cloves garlic
-1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
-1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
-1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
-2 tablespoons fresh mint
-scant 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
(optional: green onions, substituting the type of vinegar, adding additional spices, etc.)
 Layer the salad ingredients in a bowl.
Either chop fine all dressing ingredients and mix, or whiz up everything in a blender, then pour over the salad. Done!

And the finished salad- doesn't it just exude freshness?!

And that's all there is to it! Feel free to experiment with whatever you have in season or in the kitchen- this is a really free-form recipe.

Savor it!
love, rue

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