I recently introduced my kids to jicama. One liked it and repeatedly asked for more, one (barely) tolerated it dipped generously in hummus. Me, I like it. It occupies the same space as celery for me – basically crunchy water – but in a pleasant way. I thought it might make a nice base for a little slaw – a little sweet mango, a little tart lime juice, a few spicy spices, and of course, some crunchy water.
Spicy Jicama and Mango Slaw
(serves 8 with leftovers)
4 cups (about 1/2 a whole jicama) jicama, cut into matchsticks
3 cups (about 2 mangos) mango, cut into matchsticks
Cayenne pepper, for garnish
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1-2 large limes)
1 teaspoon Cholula hot sauce
Combine cut jicama and mango in a large, pretty bowl.
In a small bowl, combine lime juice, hot sauce, and salt. Mix well.
Pour dressing over jicama mixture and toss well. Garnish with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper. I find that the best way to garnish this salad is to sprinkle a bit of cayenne into your palm, them rub them together over the salad. This breaks down any larger chunks of the pepper and also saves you from accidentally dumping in too much. You just want a little red dusting over the top for effect, not an eye-watering spice-fest.
P.S. – Have you watched that video on how to use a glass to peel a mango? It’s life changing.