Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What's the story morning glory?

Before our wedding, there were a lot of things I didn't know. I didn't know what the ceremony at city hall would be like, I didn't know how to use the bathroom in my wedding dress, and I didn't know that I liked jicama.

To be completely honest, I had no idea what jicama was before our wedding. I'm down to try any vegetable. So, when our caterer came up with a salad starring this crunchy, Mexican street food, I said "sure, let's do it." Turns out, jicama is delicious. Like potatoes, jicamas can be steamed, baked, boiled, mashed, or fried. Like carrots or celery, they can be eaten raw. Like, green beans and onions it can be sautéed and used in stir-fries or soups and stews. It's a pretty versatile veggie and totally healthy to boot.

Mixed Greens with Sliced Oranges, Avocado, Jicama and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Serves 6
  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of minced garlic
  • 1 5oz container of spring mix
  • 1 jicama, julienne
  • 4 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 avocado, sliced


Start by making your dressing. Chop cilantro and place in your food processor or Magic Bullet. Add olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. Blend until fairly smooth and set aside

Grab your package of mixed greens and empty into a large salad bowl. Set aside.

Peel and julienne your jicama. Super easy, just slice into little thin matchsticks. Place in a bowl and set aside.

Then using a sharp knife, and being very careful, slice a small section off of one side of your orange. Lay that side flat and continue to peel around your orange with your knife. Discard the peel and trim as much of the pith as possible.

Place your orange in the palm of your hand and grab your knife with your other hand. Choose one section to start with and carefully run your knife along the side of the section's membrane. Do this on both sides of the membrane to free the orange section. Place orange sections in a bowl and set aside.

Toss together your mixed greens and salad dressing. Add your orange sections and jicama. Slice your avocado in half. Remove pit and skin. Slice into thin slices. Place on top of salad.

And enjoy immediately!

Here's how it looked at our wedding. Yum!


  1. This looks great! I love everything in there! I've never tried jicama either... will have to pick some up!