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Jicama and Cara Cara Orange Salad

May 2, 2010

If you have never tried jicama you might be surprised by its sweet crunchy texture and non-flavor. It can be cut into matchsticks as a crudité  for dipping or in this salad with oranges and sour cream mixture that has hints of cumin, cinnamon, lime, red onion and cilantro. Other names for jicama are Mexican turnip or Yam Bean and it is used in Mexican, Indonesian and Southeast Asian recipes. Cara Cara oranges aka red navel oranges have a gorgeous rosy hue and brighten this salad adding a nice contrast to the crunch of raw jicama. Serve this cold to accompany ribs or a meat dish and feel good about eating it as it is packed with vitamin c, potassium and is a good source of fiber.


Jicama Orange Salad

1 medium jicama (about 1 1/2 lbs.), peeled and cut into matchsticks

3 Cara Cara oranges, peeled, quartered and cut into pieces

1/4 cup sour cream

1 Tbsp. fresh cilanto leaves, minced

1 Tbsp. red onion, minced

1 Tbsp. sugar

1/8  tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4  tsp. ground cumin

juice of half a lime

Peel jicama, quarter then with flat side down slice in 1/4″ pieces, turn so other flat side is face down and cut again in 1/4″ pieces making matchsticks. Cut ends off orange, cut peel off, cut into quarters then into small pieces. Place all in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix sour cream, sugar, onion, cilantro, cumin,  cinnamon and lime juice. Pour over jicama and oranges. Toss then transfer to a smaller bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Serve chilled.


Jicama is potato like yet is eaten raw and is crunchy and sweet like an apple  or pear

Cut jicama into matchsticks

Cara Cara Orange

Quarter and cut into small pieces

Mix all “sauce” ingredients in a bowl

 Crunchy, creamy, sweet, tangy with a little bit of kick Jicama Orange Salad

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2010 7:19 pm

    Yet another wonderful one my friend!!! I’ll have to try this 🙂

  2. Mark permalink
    May 3, 2010 1:50 pm

    Yummy! You had me at jicama, but then throw in cilantro and oranges, and I’m a goner. I have never done this before, but I just ran out at lunch and picked up all the ingredients. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow night.

  3. Sue permalink
    May 3, 2010 3:53 pm

    Love it with cilantro~~thanks for the new recipe! My boys just like it plain.

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