There’s something about the combination of fresh lime juice, minced garlic, and chopped cilantro that gives this fresh and chunky Jicama and Mandarin Orange Salad an uncanny resemblance to traditional Vietnamese goi (salad).
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 6 mandarin oranges, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 pound jicama, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick matchsticks (3 cups)
- 3/4 cup packed cilantro sprigs, chopped
Mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt, then whisk together with lime juice, oil, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.
Just before serving, add mandarins, jicama, and cilantro and gently toss. Season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from Gourmet, November 2008