Cool as a Cucumber: Jicama and Cucumber Spears with Chile, Lime and Salt

May 6, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Looking for a new, refreshing, and healthy snack? Try this Mexican street food fave: jicama and cucumber spears doused with fresh lime juice and sprinkled with salt and chile powder.

Jicama is a root vegetable used widely in Mexico and Central America. Its crisp white flesh is juicy and sweet, like a cross between a water chestnut and a raw apple. It can be cooked, but my favorite way to enjoy it is raw, either in a salad or prepared as it is in the recipe here.

Each bite is crunchy, salty and sour…totally addictive. And that’s a good thing, because with its vitamin C and potassium, and coming in under 50 calories per serving , it’s more than tasty – it’s truly healthy.

We served this as a part of our office Cinco de Mayo lunch, but it's a great snack anytime. You can see a quick video here.

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