This easy Mexican chopped salad has a delicious cilantro-lime dressing to make all the crunchiness zing. Quick to make and a perfect lunch or side.
As I was introduced to the various typical places to take my son in the Boston/Cambridge area, that extended to places to eat. There’s a cafe near the children’s museum that has a sandwich that I have had many times. I’m not generally one to eat the same thing, but with this it’s partly it’s really good, and partly because my son loves ‘sharing’ the avocado-smothered bread in it. It also has nice crisp chunks of jicama. Despite spending a bit of time in Mexico a few years back, I don’t really remember having it before that sandwich but it has me hooked. I knew I needed to find other ways to use it, and this Mexican chopped salad was the perfect place to start.
What is jicama?
Jicama is a root vegetable but as well as working roasted like other roots, it is also great raw – it is pretty light and naturally slightly sweet (hence I have since included it in my mango jicama slaw). If pushed to describe it, I would say it was somewhere between a radish, cucumber and apple. When I hunted it down, I found it had been in my local supermarket all along. I just hadn’t known what it looked like whole. (By the way, it’s a bit like a turnip.)
This Mexican chopped salad is deliciously fresh. It’s great for a warm day either as a lunch by itself or as a side. Try it with grilled fish or meat, for example. It’s incredibly quick to make, with only a few ingredients needing chopped up. The fantastic lime-cilantro dressing to make all the crunchiness zing. Colorful and with a nice range of textures, it’s definitely one to make regularly. For me, with my son having discovered he quite likes jicama as well and not just the avocado-bread, I can see I’ll be sharing this salad too.
This salad is a simple mix of ingredients, a delicious balance of crunch, freshness and flavors.
- 8 leaves romaine lettuce approx, sliced
- 1 cup black beans
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup jicama , diced
- 1 large tomato , diced
- 1 avocado , peeled and diced
- 1 lime juiced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 handful cilantro/coriander leaves , finely diced
- salt and pepper
Slice and dice the ingredients needing cut up as above then put the lettuce, beans, corn, tomato and avocado in a bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, oil and salt and pepper to taste. Add the chopped cilantro and mix well then pour over the salad and mix well but carefully so you don't break things up, then serve.
Try these other side salads: