I tried this for Pauls office picnic and have done it several times since with both a vegan version and a regular one.
Several versions exist online but I found them too plain for me – so I adapted it some with adding the blueberries and more citrus. The big part of this is not to add herbs like basil unless you want it to become more of a “salsa”.
- 3 tablespoons sugar (for vegan use Agave Nectar)
- Grated lime zest plus 3 tablespoons juice (2 limes)
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes ( too taste – I usually add more as the Jicama can take it)
- Pinch salt
- 12 ounces jicama – diced
- 2 mangos chopped
- 2 oranges and the zest of both of them
- 1 lemon
- fresh mint leaves
- a pint of blueberries
- 1 tablespoon of honey (or early season maple syrup)(optional)
- Prepare the Jicama
- Peel the jícama, and cut into 1/4″ dice (should yield 1-1/2 cups).
- In small saucepan, add the sugar, 1/2 the lime zest and juice, 1/2 the orange zest, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, a pinch salt. (note adding some fresh ginger root also has a nice flavor)
- Put over medium burner and cook for 3 minutes until the sugar dissolves; stirring constantly.
- Remove pan from burner, stir in jícama to coat, and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes.
- Rest of the fruit
- Meanwhile, peel the mangos, removing pit, and cut into 1/2″ dice (should yield about 4 cups).
- Add to a large serving bowl.
- Peel your oranges and cut away the pith. Slice into 1/2″ thick rounds and then into 1/2″ dice.
- Add to bowl with diced mango.
- Add the rest of the lime and orange zest, honey and toss.
- After the syrup has cooled for 20 minutes, pour over fruit in serving bowl and toss until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes prior to serving.
- I think this is better after it has sit for a few hours or overnight.
- Add the chopped mint before serving.
You can add more lemon if you need it brighter. the amounts are really a tarting place – depending on if you buy your mango already cut up, how sweet it is, and how large your jicama is – you can play it by taste. This feeds a lot – figure 5 -8 people, so is great for a picnic or potluck
Other versions include: