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Mango Jicama Quinoa Salad Recipe

This mango jicama salad recipe is a simple & healthy summer salad combining the protein pack of quinoa with crunchy jicama and juicy mango.

One of the most common questions I get when I tell people I live in Tucson is, “How on earth do you deal with the summer heat?!” I’m not going to lie – it’s hot here.

When I first moved here from Colorado, the heat was blistering compared to the cooler mountain summers. I mean, you can seriously bake cookies on your car dashboard here. It’s kind of insane.

After 6 years, I can honestly say, they’re not that bad. Part of that is because I usually escape to Colorado for most of June, part of it is acclimation, and part of it is coping skills.

There’s just a different way to live in the summertime here. Just like how the winters in Colorado draw people indoors by their fireplaces more frequently, summer days tend to keep people here inside in the A/C. If you’re outside for any length of time, it’s usually in the early morning, late evening, or you’re in a swimming pool.

And just like how I crave steamy bowls of soup in the midst of snowstorms, Tucson summers make me crave cool, refreshing foods – fresh fruit, frozen yogurt, and salads.

And that is precisely what inspired this Mango Jicama Quinoa Salad.

It is so easy to prepare. I always have a batch of quinoa cooked and ready in my fridge, so the rest is truly just peeling, chopping, and stirring.

Mango Jicama Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

But What The Heck Is Jicama?

Jicama has become more popular over the years, but I still remember sitting in my grandparents’ living room when I was around 12-years-old and listening to my mother trying to convince my grandfather that jicama was really a thing.

He had never heard of it and was convinced she was making up the word entirely.

Jicama is a root that is kind of like the vegetable version of an apple. It has that lovely crisp texture and moisture, but it’s not sweet like an apple.

Mango Jicama Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

It adds such a nice depth to the textures of this salad – crunchy jicama, juicy mango, crisp fresh bell pepper, and fluffy quinoa.

Mango Jicama Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

And then adding the cool lime juice, mild red onions, sweet mango, and fragrant cilantro make this the ideal summer salad, perfect for lunch or dinner on hot days.

I’ve made this 4 times in the 3 weeks that I’ve been home, because it is everything I crave right now.

Sometimes I sprinkle roasted almonds on top or mix dried cranberries in for even more variety, but I love it just as it is.

Mango Jicama Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

You can eat this immediately after making it, but the flavors get even better if you mix it up and refrigerate it for a few hours before serving.

Mango Jicama Quinoa Salad Recipe

Mango Jicama Quinoa Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This mango jicama salad recipe is a simple & healthy summer salad combining the protein pack of quinoa with crunchy jicama and juicy mango.

Ingredients

  • 3 c. cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 c. jicama, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 c. red onion, diced
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 8gProtein: 8g

Maryam

Sunday 26th of July 2015

It may not be hot in December, but I would like to make a Mango Jicama Quinoa salad when you come visit me this winter:) This looks delicious and healthy too!

Jessica

Saturday 25th of July 2015

This looks delicious, Becky! I love everything in it. Can't wait to try it.

Addie K Martin

Saturday 25th of July 2015

Wow, this looks great. This would be a fantastic dinner side for grilled chicken! :) Or a lovely meatless meal in itself!

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