Thai Jicama Salad in Citrus-Soy Dressing [Recipe]

Jicama Root Vegetable Salad

Jicama, the sweet, crunchy Mexican root vegetable that tastes like a cross between an apple and a potato is a perfect vegetable to put in salads and slaws. This simple, vibrant recipe for Thai Jicama salad in a tangy soy and lime dressing is a simple yet delicious introduction to Jicama.


Jicama Salad Recipe

Rating: 4.5/5
Serves: 4 ServingsDifficulty: MediumApprox. Cost: $22.00
Prep Time: 40 MinutesTotal Time: 40 Minutes

This recipe calls for using soy sauce, lime, sugar and chili peppers to create a traditional Thai dressing that’s sweet, sour, salty and spicy all at once.

With it’s slightly sweet flavor and crunchy texture, jicama is a terrific vehicle to soak up the bright, assertive dressing. The jicama coming together with carrots, shaved red onion, cilantro, mint and toasted peanuts makes for a vivid, refreshing salad with layers of contrasting flavors and textures.

You should be able to find jicama at your local grocery store, but if not, try an Asian or Latin market. If you’re unable to find jicama, 2 cans of sliced water chestnuts would make a great substitute.


Ingredients

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Zest and juice of 4 limes
  • 2 Thai green chilies (or 1 small jalapeno), minced (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Salad

  • 1 medium-sized jicama, peeled and shredded with a cheese grater
  • ½ cup (170 grams) shredded carrots
  • 1 small red onion, shaved thin
  • Small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ small bunch mint, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup (170 grams) peanuts, toasted and chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a large bowl. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  2. Toss the dressing with the jicama, carrots and onions.
  3. Top the salad with the chopped herbs and peanuts. Serve chilled.

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