Eloisa’s Jicama & Orange Salad ♥

Eloisa's Jicama & Orange Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture
graphic button small size size 10 What a special find, this jicama salad recipe from a reader in Mexico! It's quick to make and easy to keep on hand. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly, Zero Freestyle Points! Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. And wonderfully refreshing during hot weather! graphic button small size size 10

Nothing like seven years of procrastination before taking proper note of a recipe a reader left in the comments in this recipe for Jicama Slaw. "My family in Mexico loves this recipe," Eloisa wrote. "Children love it. We take it on picnics, in lunch boxes, or as a snack in hot weather."

But we were a few days into our Deep Mexico: Ingredient-Driven Mexican Meal Prep eating and cooking adventure last month so sure enough, we had not one but two jicamas in the fridge, oranges to boot. Eloisa's Salad Time! That's the thing about focus, one of our big lessons from that month-long deep dive into Mexican (and plenty of Mexican-ish) cooking. Good eats, all month long!

Day One, Eloisa's salad fell into the Maybe-But-Probably-Not category, it was gooooood, you know, just not special, perhaps an acquired taste? Day Two, I was swooning over the fresh combination of jicama, orange and chili powder. Day Three, I had two big helpings for lunch. So give Eloisa's Jicama & Orange Salad a taste when you make it (and be sure to adjust the salt and especially the chili powder) but then put it away for a day (even two) before passing judgment. Okay? Okay!

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Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 24 hours
Makes about 5 cups

1 pound (454g) jicama
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
2 small Persian cucumbers, ends trimmed, cut in semi-circles
2 oranges (about 20 oz/600g), sections & juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
3/4 teaspoon chili powder plus more to taste
Lemon juice, optional

Slice off the jicama's thick, inedible skin and grate the rest on the large holes of a cheese grater. Grate the carrots on the same grater, then cut up the cucumbers. Scoop the sections out of the oranges, then juice the oranges. Stir together the jicama, carrot, cucumber, orange sections, orange juice, salt and chili powder. Taste the salad. If it's a little sweet, counter the sweetness by adding a little lemon juice. Is it "flat"? Add salt. Can you taste the chili powder? Adjust these to taste, my salad needed both more salt and chili powder. Do remember, the flavors will blossom while melding in the fridge but don't really get "stronger". Cover the salad and refrigerate for 24 hours. Serve cold, enjoy!

VARIATIONS Cumin instead of chili powder? I love that orange-cumin combo, first discovered in a lovely Orange & Cumin Vinaigrette.

CHEESE GRATER I've relied on a four-sided cheese grater for years but like the looks of how this two-sided cheese grater folds flat for storage. Handy!
GRAPEFRUIT KNIFE and/or GRAPEFRUIT SPOONS In my kitchen, a serrated grapefruit spoon gets put to use several times a week, ha, though not for grapefruit! I use it year-round to scoop out avocados; in the summer to scrape the woody seeds out of garden cucumbers or to cut out the centers of zucchini for Stuffed Zucchini Boats; in fall to scrape out the seeds from pumpkins and winter squash. This set looks nice, a combination of a grapefruit knife and grapefruit spoons.
GLASS JUICER I have my grandmother's vintage green-glass lemon juicer, it works like a champ. Here's a contemporary glass lemon juicer, it works for lemons, limes and oranges.
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  1. I don't use much jicama. In fact, I almost never use it. Don't know why -- I like it when I have it in restaurants. Just not in the habit, alas. :-( Anyway, this sounds really good. And terrific tip to remind us how the flavor of a dish can change over time. Some of us are kinda slow. :-)

  2. Hi,
    I'm confused about the orange sections- do I juice one orange and use the sections from the other?
    Thank you!

  3. This looks tempting, but I don't understand the orange instructions. Is there really enough pulp left in the orange after you've "scoop(ed) out the sections" to produce juice?

  4. John ~ Y’know, I don’t think I have ever-ever seen jicama in a restaurant!

    Maureen ~ So sorry for the slow response, the blogging platform I use stopped sending notifications for new comments! But no, you both section and juice both oranges. Even after removing the sections, there’s lots of juice left. You want all the orange-y sweetness you can squeeze out!

    Rebecca ~ It’s not that there’s so much pulp, but there’s lots of juice still left. I find the same thing with grapefruit -- even after the sections have been removed, there’s still lots of juice. I have an old (happy!) memory of my dad teaching me that when I was a very little girl ... but haven’t thought of it in years and years. So thanks!


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