This jicama salsa is one of my personal favorite jicama recipes! Why you ask? It’s loaded with healthy ingredients like mango and jalapenos and is a tasty alternative to the traditional salsa. It only requires seven ingredients and can be whipped up in 20 minutes flat. Pair with some crunchy baked plantain chips for the ultimate appetizer recipe!
Yas it’s salsa time! While my body aches for this warmer Summer weather, I dream of cool margaritas and what goes better with margs than some chips and salsa? Salsas are the perfect way to spice up dishes or salads because they pack in the flavor without the calories. Behold – jicama mango salsa is here to shake things up and add some pizzazz to your snacking!
What is jicama?
Jicama is a root vegetable that is known as the “Mexican turnip”. It’s a popular vegetable in Mexican, Asian, Central and South American cuisines. You may or may not have seen jicama in your grocery store before, but it is a rather larger spherical shape that resembles a potato. It is rather crisp and mild in taste but packs a nice crunch (kind of like an apple!) It’s delicious to eat raw, or can be substituted for potatoes as a low carb option.
Where can I find jicama?
Jicama is typically in season from late Fall throughout the Spring. You can look at your local farmer’s market around this time or any Asian or Mexican food markets. I found mine at the farmer’s market in LA on a weekend trip and knew I had to try out some jicama recipes for myself!
Health benefits of jicama:
Besides the texture and taste, I love this vegetable because it is a healthy source of carbohydrates and is high in Vitamin C (aka helps your immune system!) Jicama is also great for improving digestion and weight loss. Don’t just take it from me, check out this super informative article!
This jicama salsa recipe is so simple to make. Simply add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well! This salsa recipe is great to make in advance as the flavors improve!
Tip: This recipe calls for raw onion which is not always everyone’s favorite (including myself). If you fit into this category, try soaking the chopped onions in cool water for 5 minutes before adding to salsa. This helps eliminate any bitterness!
Besides this salsa recipe, jicama is an excellent addition to cole slaw or even salads and sandwiches. The flavor of jicama pairs wonderfully with sweet mango and spicy jalapeños. This easy recipe is great for an appetizer paired with plantain chips or makes a delicious topping for tacos, salads, or fish. What’s even better is all the ingredients are super healthy, so this vegan, gluten-free snack is refreshing and guilt-free – winning!!
Does anyone want to join me for a margarita chips and salsa date now 🙂 ?
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Jicama Mango Salsa
- 1 medium jicama
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 jalapeno (remove seeds)
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 mango
- 1 lime
- plantain chips (optional)
- Prepare the jicama by peeling the skin off with a vegetable peeler and dicing
- Dice red bell pepper, red onion, and mango
- Mince jalapeno and remove seeds
- Chop cilantro finely
- Add all ingredients to medium mixing bowl and squeeze lime juice over salsa
- Mix well and enjoy!
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