Jicama Salad

June 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Vegan Recipes | 3 Comments
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Summer is here (well, not technically, but it definitely already feels like summer)! I’m determined to eat more salads over the summer, and this was a fun start. I found a jicama at the store the other day, and while I’ve eaten jicama once or twice, I’d never made anything with jicama before. So, I had fun concocting this salad!

Jicama Salad

  • about 1/8 of a jicama, peeled and diced
  • 2 yellow tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small package smoked tofu, diced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • dashes of dill, paprika, powdered ginger, salt, and anything else to taste
  • (I may have added just a tiny dash of dijon mustard, and maybe even a little agave nectar too…. but I can’t remember for sure)

Mix the diced veggies and pine nuts in a salad bowl. In a blender, combine the olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, herbs, and whatever other seasonings you want to add. Pour the dressing over the salad, and serve! (Just a note, this salad doesn’t save well in the refrigerator, since the salad dressing hardens in the refrigerator. If you don’t think you can eat it all in one sitting, you could keep the salad and dressing in separate containers–i.e., don’t mix them in the same bowl– and then bring the dressing to room temperature to de-congeal before serving it again.)

Anyways, my big summer food plans are:

  • eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies
  • make up lots of salad recipes, and salad dressings
  • buy an ice cream maker and make lots of vegan ice cream
  • make lots of flavored iced teas and lemonades
  • make up some new veggie burger recipes

Yeah summer!!!

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  1. I LOVE SUMMER! I feel like when it gets sooo hot all I want is fruit and veggies!!! anything cool and crisp!
    your Jicama looks great~!

  2. Carrie loves jicama and introduced it to Bill…but with tofu? I dunno πŸ™‚
    What made you become vegan? Don’t you miss cheese and milk?

  3. Thanks for looking at my blog, Bill and Carrie! πŸ™‚ Yeah I suppose jicama with tofu might seem like a wierd combination, but it tasted really good!

    As far as what made me become vegan– it was a lot of things, I guess. I grew up vegetarian until I was a teenager, (and I briefly tried to be vegetarian again during college), and about 2 years ago I decided to become vegetarian again. I strongly care about animals, and I just don’t believe that it’s right to use animals for food. Also, with world hunger such a huge problem, it makes more sense to be vegetarian than to eat meat (the majority of grain grown in the US is used for cattle feed, and so much oil is spent in the production of meat).

    After being vegetarian again for about a year, it seemed like a logical next step to become vegan, when I realized that dairy cows and chickens used for eggs all eventually enter the meat supply. And baby cows are taken away from their mothers (to become veal), so that we can drink their mothers’ milk. So– when I realized all of that, it felt wrong to continue eating eggs and dairy products. I don’t miss milk or cheese– they seem gross to me now! I alternate between drinking rice, soy, and almond milk (my favorite!). I really love being vegan– I feel really healthy.

    I realize that being vegetarian or vegan isn’t for everyone, but this is a choice that I feel comfortable with. Scott’s not vegan, and I respect that. He has consciously cut down on the amount of meat he eats, though, and he doesn’t eat beef anymore.

    That’s the long story– but in short, I’m vegan because I care about animals! πŸ™‚

    Anyways, thanks for looking at my blog! πŸ™‚


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