Jicama, Apple and Chayote Salad With Pepita-Avocado Dressing 4.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Jul 19, 2016

This salad offers three kinds of crunch: the mildly sweet, watery crunch of jicama; the tart and soft crunch of Granny Smith apple; and the silky, lemony crunch of raw chayote. All are enveloped in a velvety, creamy dressing.

Once you peel and cut the jicama, apple and chayote, toss them in the dressing right away so they won’t dry out and change their flavor.

Make Ahead: The salad can be refrigerated up to 12 hours in advance. Toss well before serving.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 7 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 3 or 4 limes)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 packed cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and upper parts of stems, plus 1 tablespoon for optional garnish
  • 1 packed tablespoon fresh dill, coarsely chopped, plus 1 teaspoon for optional garnish
  • Flesh of 1 large, ripe avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup raw, hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
  • 1 pound jicama, peeled and cut into julienne (matchsticks)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into julienne
  • 1 pound firm chayote squash, peeled and cut into julienne


Combine the oil, water, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, dill, avocado, salt, pepper, mustard and pepitas in a blender; puree to form a smooth dressing.

Combine the jicama, apple and chayote in a mixing bowl; add the dressing and toss until well coated.

Just before serving, garnish with the remaining tablespoon of pepitas, plus the tablespoon of cilantro and teaspoon of dill, if using.

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Recipe Source

From Pati Jinich, cookbook author and host of public television’s “Pati’s Mexican Table.”

Tested by Pati Jinich.

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