Mexican Must: Jicama And Radish Salsa

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This combination is sometimes called pico de gallo because of the chile con limón sprinkled over the top. Jicama is a crunchy, juicy root vegetable with white flesh and an affinity for both citrus juice and chiles. For more heat you can substitute ground chile pequín or chile de arbolfor the chile con limón. Radishes are another much-loved vegetable in Mexico, and they bring both color and another kind of zip to this salsa.

Reprinted with permission from Salsas and Moles

Mexican Must: Jicama And Radish Salsa
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1/2 cups
  • 1 cup prepared jicama
  • 2 radishes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile con limon
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted peanut halves
  • 2 sprigs cilantro
  1. Combine the jicama, radishes, juices, and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Place on a small plate and sprinkle with the chile con limón.
  3. Sprinkle with the peanuts and cilantro.
  4. Serve alone, with tostadas and on pork carnitas.
  5. *Chile con limón is a mixture of dried lime juice, ground chiles, and sometimes salt. It is sold in shakers at all Mexican markets. 
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