|For the salad|
|8 ½ oz|
|9 ½ oz|
|For the dressing|
|3 tbsp||(1.1 oz)|
|1 tbsp||(0.2 oz)|
|1 tbsp||(0.28 oz)|
|⅓ tsp||(0.06 oz)|
For the salad
Dice the watermelon. Peel the jicama and cut into ½-inch cubes.
Alternatively, you can replace the jicama with 350 g peeled and deseeded cucumber for four servings.
For the dressing
Squeeze the lime and mince the mint. Combine the lime juice, pumpkin seeds, minced mint, chili powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the watermelon and jicama and let the salad sit for 5 minutes.
The author uses guajillo chili powder and suggests adding ½ teaspoon pequín chili powder (for four servings) if you would like the dish to be spicier.
Serve fresh, after you have let the salad sit for 5 minutes.
This watermelon jicama salad with pumpkin seeds, mint, and chili peppers is refreshing and spicy. It’s easy to make and only takes a few minutes to prepare.
Jicama: Jicama, also called Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip, is naturally found in Mexico as well as in countries in Central and South America, but it was brought to Asia several centuries ago. The plant contains very little protein or fat and only the root can be eaten raw. Jicama has a consistency similar to that of radishes, ranging from slightly woody to juicy. They have a sweet flavor that is reminiscent of apples. Jicama may be confused with yams: bare in mind that yams are a completely different vegetable and most yam varieties cannot be eaten raw.
Watermelon: Watermelons are low in calories and are 90 % water. They have a sweet, refreshing flavor and are ideal for hot days. Some watermelons weigh up to 100 kg; however, most weigh between 4 and 25 kg. They can be stored for 2–3 weeks at temperatures of 12–15 °C and 85–90 % humidity.
Cucumbers: If you can’t find Jicama, the author Jason Wyrick suggests using 350 grams of peeled and deseeded cucumber for four servings. However, cucumbers have a considerably different flavor than jicama.
Chili powder: The original recipe uses guajillo chili powder, which is made from mirasol chili and has a fruity flavor. If you want your salad to be a bit hotter, you can add pequin chili powder, which measures up to 100,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).