Today’s salad

Another day, another salad! This time it’s leftovers from last night’s dinner at Milagro in Kirkland. The tacos were nothing special, the drinks were expensive, the place was loud, but the salads…oh-la-la! I had a jicama salad that was to die for; the flavor was amazing (a taste of summer) and I could eat it with my fingers (bonus!).

It would be easy enough to recreate at home:

Thick spears of jicama, watermelon, pineapple, and cucumber tossed with a pinch or two of cayenne, chopped cilantro, and a squirt of lime juice, to taste.

Image courtesy of seedsgarden

Fun facts: Did you know that jicama is a legume? Weird, huh? I always thought it was a starchy veg. Not so. It grows on vines that may reach 20 feet  in length. The vines tend to hug the ground, terminating in tubers (the part of the plant that we eat) that may grow as large as 50 pounds! Thank goodness the ones they sell in the stores are only about 3 pounds. Could you imagine trying to get a 50 pound jicama home? Not to mention what the heck you’d do with all that jicama.

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