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Thai Jicama Salad

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Thai Jicama Christmas Salad

Bright & Festive Thai Jicama Salad - simply scrumptious!

Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/09/10, About.com Corp.
Jicama ('Man Kaeo' in Thai) is a scrumptious part of this Thai Salad which is delicious anytime, but is particularly wonderful for serving around Christmas. If you can't find jicama at your local supermarket, green apple can be substituted. Nuts that can be used include peanuts, cashews, or slivered almonds. I've also added cranberries for a festive touch, but in Thailand you'd be more likely to find pomegranate, so feel free to choose which you'd prefer. Any way you toss it, this thai salad is very scrumptious, healthy, and gorgeous to serve. ENJOY!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: SERVES 6 as a Side Dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 jicama, peeled and sliced into matchstick-like pieces to equal approx. 2 to 3 cups
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into chunks or thick matchstick-like pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, cashews, or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries OR fresh pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce, OR for Vegetarians: 2 Tbsp. Thai golden mountain sauce
  • 1/3 tsp. shrimp paste OR for Vegetarians: substitute 1 extra Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 fresh red chili, minced, OR 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. dried crushed chili from the spice aisle
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Preparation:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients together in a cup, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. This dressing should taste salty, sweet, and spicy in that order, with a 'tang' at the end (Note that it won't taste as salty once it's mixed with the greens). Set aside.
  2. Place all salad ingredients together in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over and toss well to combine.
  3. Taste-test salad for salt and spice. If too salty, add another squeeze of lime juice. If not spicy enough, add more chili. Plate up salad, topping with a little more cranberry/pomegranate, peanuts, and herbs. ENJOY!
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Popular with Guests!, Member daisysissylee

I made this salad for a holiday party I was throwing, and my guests went crazy for it! I'd never used jicama before in my cooking but found it easily enough at our supermarket (looks like a big round root the color of ginger). It is so delicious! I added all ingredients listed plus some slices of fresh mango. Will be making it again as a starter our Christmas dinner (should impress the inlaws!).

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