Monday, May 5, 2008

Mango-Jicama and Cucumber Salad

Soooooo good for summer.

Source, Rick Bayless via foodtv.

2 medium (about 1 1/2 pounds) mangoes, peeled, flesh cut from the pit and sliced into 1/2-inch "fingers" or wedges (see technique below)
1 medium (about 1 pound) jicama, peeled and cut into long 1/2-inch-wide "fingers" or wedges
1 long seedless "English" cucumber (or 2 regular cucumbers), cut into long 1/2-inch-wide "fingers" or wedges
1 teaspoon pure ground chile (buy pure guajillo or ancho chile in a Mexican grocery, make it yourself, or substitute a little cayenne)
2 limes, each cut into 6 wedges

Cutting the mangoes: Peel the mangoes, then cut the flesh from the pits: A mango pit (to which the flesh clings tightly) is flattish and oval, more-or-less a smaller version of the mango's overall shape. To cut the flesh off the pit, stand a mango on one end and slice the flesh from one side of the pit. Turn the mango around and slice the flesh off the other side. You'll be able to get a couple thin slices of flesh off the pit on each end. Cut the large pieces into long 1/2-inch-wide "fingers."

Salad: In pointed Sno-Cone cups (you'll need a snow-cone holder or a glass to support each cup) or in paper cups or glasses, combine a portion of mango, jicama and cucumber "fingers" or wedges (they will be standing in the cups). Mix the chile and 1/2 teaspoon salt; sprinkle over the "salads." Serve with lime wedges for each guest to squeeze over the pieces as they eat them.

Variation: Cut the mango, jicama and cucumber into cubes instead of "fingers," and mix together in a large bowl. Juice the limes (rather than cutting them into wedges) and drizzle over the mixture. Sprinkle with the salt and chile, and serve on a buffet or pass this at the table.


Anonymous said...

sounds yummy. We grilled jicama before leaving Chicago. It was a great alternative to fried in my opinion. it was suppose to be veggie of the week, but I never got around to posting it with the move.

BTW, reading the description of cutting the mango makes me really glad someone gave me a mango pitter for a wedding gift.

michelle @ thursday night smackdown said...

this is one of my favorite summer salads, yum. sometimes i like to throw some nice spicy radishes in too.

i totally cheat and just dress it with some mango juice, because i can't cut a mango without inflicting severe injury on myself and / or those around me.

Natalie said...

Thats funny, because I can't cut a mango without 75% of it ending up in my mouth.