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Jicama Heart Salad with Cumin Lime Dressing

Decorate crisp romaine lettuce salad with crunchy heart-shape jicama cutouts, juicy pink grapefruit sections, and red grape tomatoes. Give it a drizzle of cumin lime dressing and you’ve got a heart-healthy valentine like no other!

Jicama Heart Salad with Cumin Lime Dressing, pink grapefruit sections and grape tomatoes on white plates with red checked napkin

Get out your cookie cutters we’re making healthy valentines–this romaine lettuce and jicama heart salad with cumin lime dressing!

jicama heart cutouts with cookie cutter on wooden board

What is Jicama?

  • Jicama (HEE-kah-ma) is a crunchy vegetable with rough brown skin and crisp juicy sweet white flesh. One might say it looks like a large oval potato.
  • Packed with important minerals and vitamins, jicama is an excellent source of Vitamin C and boasts a significant amount of fiber, including gut-healthy prebiotic fiber. It has about zero calories too. Jicama is a healthy food to include in our diets.
  • White fleshed jicama is available year-round in supermarket produce sections. Avoid blemished or bruised jicama, and if the jicama flesh is yellow with brown spots, it is not going to be juicy crisp. Jicamas keep unpeeled in the refrigerator for more than a week.

jicama hearts and grape tomatoes cut and ready for salad

Show underloved jicama some love by cutting it in heart shapes:

  • Cut a slice off the bottom and top. Then slice off the brown skin and the woodier part following the jicama’s curves.
  • Cut the peeled oval in half and place cut side down on the cutting board. Carefully slice into 1/8-inch thick slices.
  • Use a 2-inch heart-shape cookie cutter to cut out hearts.
  • You’ll have plenty of extra jicama from around the cutouts–munch on them now or later.

cutting sections of grapefruit on wooden board with red handled knife

What to serve with your jicama heart salad with cumin lime dressing:

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14 comments

  • Franklin Biggs

    Letty I love to the image of you and Robbie down in Baja for two months-now that is retirement!!!
    Good article.
    Franklin Reply · 7 February, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Franklin!
      Wait until you taste the hibiscus margaritas! Reply · 7 February, 2014

  • 2 months? how great! love the jicama hearts – that is something I would do! Reply · 7 February, 2014

  • margaret

    Beautiful Reply · 8 February, 2014

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  • I love those hearts! You are giving me a reason to buy jicama, something I rarely pick up. And I make a similar dressing with lemon, but the lime version sounds fantastic. A little Mexico inspired! Beautiful salad Letty <3 Reply · 12 February, 2016

    • Thanks Natalie!! Reply · 12 February, 2016

  • Those little hearts are so pretty! I love jicama. it adds such amazing texture. Reply · 12 February, 2016

  • The vegan 8

    These are so pretty and such a great idea! What a wonderful list of ingredients as well! Reply · 13 February, 2016

  • Love jicama and Love this idea. So festive and pretty. Reply · 13 February, 2016

  • Such a great idea for a healthy Valentine’s dish 🙂 those hearts are adorable and I love grapefruit in salads so this is definitely a must make! Reply · 13 February, 2016

  • Sydney Reed

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I add avocado and make matchstick jicama instead of hearts. Reply · 1 May, 2018

    • Thank you Syd. One of my faves too. Always on a Mexican party menu! Reply · 2 May, 2018

  • […] with the heart-shaped-food theme, Letty from Letty’s Kitchen has a wonderful Romaine Lettuce Salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing. It’s so light and refreshing, and perfect, if like me, you’ve been craving salads […] Reply · 17 January, 2020

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