So I keep hearing about this jicama stuff (pronounced hee-kah-mah I believe) all over the place and I finally decided to get some. I honestly didn’t even know where to start or how to cut it but I could say this experiment went very well. After I decided to make slaw I realized I didn’t have any cabbage SOOO I had to improvise. I mean… I did it on purpose 🙂
Now if you’re from the south, you probably love coleslaw like I do. I do, however, also feel pretty guilty eating fork-fulls of mayonnaise covered vegetables. This is a bright, fresh, healthy alternative to fatty slaw.
So, meet Jicama. It’s ugly, but it’s cheap and tasty. I think you two will get along.
I used 1/2 of this root for a few servings. So go ahead and cut off the outer layer and grate it with a cheese grater. You’ll notice how nice and crispy the texture is, yeah? You can stick the jicama in a bowl now.
Now take 1/2 cucumber and grate it with a cheese grater as well. I didn’t peel, de-seed it, or even throw away the juice, but you can do any of those things if you prefer. By the way, I heard that cucumber juice is super good for you, so don’t ever throw it away, drink it!
Now mince 1/2 jalapeno.
As well as a clove or two of fresh garlic. The smaller, the better.
Now cut up a handful of green onions. YUM! Add the jalapeno, garlic and green onion to a bowl. Add salt, a little vinegar or lime juice, a little bit of cumin, and also a bit of your favorite sweetener. I used some agave nectar, but you can use a little simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled), or honey. Heck, you can even leave it out if you want, but I loved the faint sweetness!
You’re welcome to put some cabbage in this if you prefer, but I didn’t. Talk about crunchy, sweet, tangy, salty, spicy, fresh! Oh baby, use this for just about anything you’d use for either coleslaw or salsa. Mmm… ya’ can’t get any cheaper, healthier and faster than this!
1/2 Jicama root – $.24
1/2 Cucumber – $.19
1/2 Jalapeno – $.07
Green Onion – ~$.08
2 Servings: $.58
1 Serving: $.29