Jicama, Avocado, Crab & Rice Salad

Jicama, Avocado & Crab Salad | Meal Planning Magic | #EatA2ZChallenge

I’ve known since I started the Eating the Alphabet Challenge back in January exactly what I was going to choose for the letters I or J! It’s an ingredient that has intrigued me for a long time, yet I’ve been unsuccessful in actually trying it (note to self: it does not store well on the kitchen counter nor does it like to be abandoned altogether in the back of the fridge—it will get wrinkly and weird).

The vegetable I’m talking about is Jicama (pronounced HEE-ka-mah)! No input from the family this time, I was going to try it no matter what. So I went in search of a recipe that used jicama and most websites I found mentioned eating it just like a carrot stick—on it’s own or with a dip. When I went to the store, they only had giant jicamas so I bought the smallest one I could find. This underground tuber originated Mexico and South America (two different varieties). They are generally available year round in most major supermarkets. It’s a very low calorie root vegetable but loaded with lots of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants and is high in Vitamin C (providing 34% of daily recommendations per 100 g!)

I used some of it in the recipe I’m featuring here today but I also peeled and sliced up the rest of it into sticks, put in a container and filled with water to keep in the refrigerator. The reviews from my family were mixed: my son described it as the texture of a pear with the taste of an onion (?!?). My daughter, I think, really wanted to like it but was just not quite sure where to place the flavor. It is sweet but not like a fruit so I think that threw her off–her jury is still out! For me, I just couldn’t stop munching on the sticks—just plain!

I sliced up the extra into sticks, put into a container and added a little water to keep it fresh and ready for quick and easy muching!

Wondering what Eating the Alphabet Challenge is all about. The idea is that each month I and other bloggers choose a fruit, vegetable or legume/grain to cook with that starts with a different letter of the alphabet. Each month is a different set of letters and this month it was I or J. If you’re a blogger and want to join us in future months, click here to fill out the form so I can send you the details!

Now on to the recipe—this one includes a lot of ingredients that we already love so that’s what appealed to me. And it was a snap to put together so even better! My whole family loved it and we decided minus the cucumber and subbing the jicama, it is like a Califrnia roll without the roll! Next time I’m going to try it with brown rice instead.

This recipe is originally from Star Chefs (adapted from Lynn Fredericks)

Jicama, Avocado, Crab and Rice Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: about 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rice (Japanese sushi rice or regular medium-grain rice)
  • 1/2 very ripe avocado
  • 4-6 artificial crab sticks
  • 8 ounces jicama (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon mirin (Japanese cooking wine)
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice until the water is absorbed.
  2. Peel the avocado and chop into small pieces. Place in a medium salad bowl.
  3. Cut up each crab stick into 5-6 small pieces (I cut them smaller b/c I wanted more chunks). Add to the bowl. Peel and cut up the jicama into small matchstick shapes or tiny dice.
  4. When the rice is cooked, turn it into a bowl to cool. When just slightly warm, add the mirin and vinegar and mix. Then add rice to the bowl with crab and vegetables. Just before serving, sprinkle the sesame seeds over the salad. It's a great side dish for Asian marinated meats or as a salad on it’s own!
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Who'd think that this unassuming looking root vegetable would have a hidden sweet taste?

As usual, just a few simple ingredients is all you need! Next time I may try real lump crab instead of the imitation stuff!

So, what’s your family’s favorite fruit or vegetable that starts with the letter I or J? Share in the comments below.

And be sure to check out my posts from previous months:
Letter B: Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Letter C: Roasted Balsamic Parmesan Cauliflower
Letter E: Easy Eggplant Parmesan
Letter G: Ginger Garlic Broccoli

Bloggers, I’d love for you to join our Eating the Alphabet Challenge. Follow us on Twitter too using the hashtag #EatingAtoZChallenge. Click here for details and to complete the form to sign up. And be sure to check out all these other fabulous blogger’s interpretations of the letter I & J, fruit and veggie style this month by visiting the blogs link below. I know I’m planning to try a few!

12 comments
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Debra Elliott
Debra Elliott

This sounds yummy and what a great idea. I signed up, but have not heard anything as of yet.

Sam
Sam

This looks amazing!! I've never ever been brave enough to cook with that! The only time I eat it is if it is in a salad. This sounds absolutely delicious! I def will have to try this soon! Thanks for the recipes! <3 Sam Www.loosingweightgaininglife.com

Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground
Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

You're brave! I've never had enough courage to try cooking with jicama ... perhaps you've provided the encouragement I need. :-) So glad to have joined this challenge ... it's fun!! Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

Tamara
Tamara

How fun! I've never bought and used jicama on my own but it's in one of my favorite restaurant salads (The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped from California Pizza Kitchen.) We've made a similar knock off salad at home and it was super easy. If you are looking for another recipe to include jicama in it would be a great one! Just go to their website and all of the ingredients are listed when you mouse over the salad. ;)

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook
Lesa @Edesia's Notebook

Looks great, Brenda! Good for you, making it even though you weren't sure your kids were going to like it, and good for them for actually trying it!

Lynn
Lynn

I've seen jicama at the grocery store, but was too intimidated by its strangeness to bring it home :) I think I'll give it a try now.

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Hi Cathleen! If you would contact me viat my Contact Page with more details that would be great! Thanks!

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Thanks! I normally send out an update the last week of the month--so that will be next week! Looking forward to having you join us.

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