Jicama Citrus Salsa

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Hello JICAMA! (hic-kah-ma)

Have you heard of it? It’s a root vegetable and white in color.

Jicama Citrus Salsa | thefirstyearblog.com
It tastes like a juiceless watermelon. A little crunchy, a little sweet, and plain in flavor similar to water chestnuts.

But it adds the perfect crunch to salsa.

I first heard about jicama when one of my college roommates brought it home from the grocery store. She looked crazy cutting up this oversized looking onion/potato. But, then again, we all seemed crazy because 11 of us were living in one house. It was great :-)

Jicama Citrus Salsa | thefirstyearblog.com

Jicama Citrus Salsa

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 medium orange, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/8 cup red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup jicama, diced and peeled
  • 4 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 squeezes of the juice from orange
  • 2 squeezes of fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey


  1. Dice the orange, red and yellow pepper, onion, and jicama.
  2. Chop the cilantro.
  3. Combine these ingredients in a bowl and toss with the orange and lime juice, and honey.
  4. Serve with chips and tell all your friends about jicama :)

Jicama Citrus Salsa | thefirstyearblog.com
The easiest way to “peel” jicama is to cut it into slices and then chop off the parts with skin still on. A carrot peeler won’t really get the job done, so grab a knife.

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12 Responses to “Jicama Citrus Salsa”

  1. Martha @ A Family Feast — May 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I think jicama is a very under-appreciated food! I love how you’ve combined this into a citrus salad Beth! Pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      YES! Very under-appreciated! Thanks for coming by Martha!

  2. Oh, this looks great! Love that you used jicama in salsa!

  3. Nici ~ Posed Perfection — May 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This salsa sounds delicious, Beth! Love all the color and texture going on too! I hope to see this at my Creative Ways Link Party ;-) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  4. CakePants — May 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the tip about how best to cut a jicama – I remember trying a vegetable peeler last summer to no avail, and being quite perplexed what to try next. I’d never thought of trying jicama in a salsa, but it sounds intriguing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

      I am glad that was a helpful tip for you! I tried the vegetable peeler initially, but no luck!

  5. Back for Seconds — May 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love jicima! This sounds great!

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 29, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Thank you for coming Stephanie!

  6. Paula - bell'alimento — May 29, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I need more Jicama in my life.

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I whole heartedly agree!

  7. So yummy and colorful!

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you Jamie!

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