Recipe of the Week: Jicama Orange Salad | The Family Fork

Recipe of the Week: Jicama Orange Salad

Jicama (pronounced hee-ka-ma) is one of my favorite 'munch on' vegetables and gives a nice gnoshing break from baby carrots during the long winter. If you're not familiar with jicama you may know it by its other names 'yambean' or 'Mexican potato'. It's that brown, round potato looking tuber usually near the other root vegetables in the produce section. (If you still can't locate it ask your grocer to point it out to you).

Unlike the potato, you don't want to eat the skin of a jicama. You can peel it off but that will still leave some woody underskin. I find it easier to cut it off with a sharp knife.

Jicama is low in calories (1 cup has less than 50 calories!), high in vitamin C with a good amount of fiber and a decent dose of potassium (not to mention a dash of iron). Jicama doesn't need much; I usually just cut it up into sticks and eat as is. But it's great for dipping and is wonderful with a little lime and chili powder sprinkled on top. Jicama is also great in salads because its flavor is very mild and adds a nice crunch when needed. So without further ado here is....

Jicama Orange Salad
-1 medium jicama, skinned (is that an appropriate word to use when speaking of vegetables?) and cubed
-2 cans (11 oz) mandarin oranges, rinsed well if in syrup, or 2 oranges, peeled and chopped
-1 Tbs Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
-1 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)

-1/3 cup orange juice
-1/2 tsp olive or canola oil
-1/8-1/4 tsp chili powder

Shake up dressing ingredients well then toss with jicama, oranges, onions (if desired) and cilantro in a large bowl.
If you want to turn this into a green salad add a bag of mixed greens. And/or throw in an avocado if that's a family favorite.

When picking your jicama look for the nice and firm ones, and avoid ones with mold.

I must give credit where credit is due. I tweaked this recipe a little bit that originally came from Orange County Coalition Nutrition Network. Thank you OCDE!

I've come across several other recipes today with jicama so I might just post some more along the way.

Have a fruit and veggie filled day!

(photos courtesy of Igb)
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.