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Romaine Lettuce Salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing

A valentine full of love, this is heart-healthy dining at its best–a crisp romaine lettuce salad with jicama and cumin lime dressing, decorated with affection in juicy pink grapefruit, bright red grape tomatoes and crunchy white heart-shape jicama.

Salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing | Letty's Kitchen

Do grade-school children still trade valentine cards, slightly silly cutouts that come in classroom packs of 30? Or was that something from the 60’s?

Mom didn’t let us pass out store-bought valentines to our classmates. Ours were homemade. Working from a box of red construction paper, heart-shaped paper doilies and stickers, my sisters and I designed and put together dozens and dozens of valentines on rainy January Saturdays. I got pretty fast with the basic ones for classmates. I’d glue red hearts on white lace hearts and sign the back with my name.

Our family tradition continues–there’s a box full of paper lace and heart stickers in the office closet. Though I’m not as ambitious since Mom is gone, but I still make one for Robbie.

jicama hearts and grape tomatoes for Salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing | Letty's Kitchen

jicama heart cutouts for Salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing | Letty's Kitchen

We drove down the Baja Peninsula of Mexico this week, right into the land of jicama abundance. (In Mexico they sell jicama snacks ready to eat at street corner stands. Look for the cut jicama spears packed into see-through plastic cups, dressed with fresh lime and a sprinkle of chile powder.)

sectioning grapefruit for Salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing | Letty's Kitchen

You could take your sweetheart to Mexico. Or you can get out your cookie cutters and make this salad with Jicama and Cumin Lime Dressing. Surprise your loved ones with a homemade valentine.

Pair this salad with chard-filled green enchiladas and festive pink hibiscus margaritas.

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18 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

  • […] this chayote and chile soup with a salad (maybe this one) and warm tortillas. Quesadillas are a great accompaniment if cheese is in your […] Reply · 11 March, 2014

  • 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

    • And besides, jicama is full of Vit C and potassium!! Reply · 13 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

    • Thanks–I totally love this salad–even when all is mixed in a big bowl–it’s awesome with Mexican food! 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

  • […] 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 · 26 June, 2017

    • What a wonderful collection of valentine ideas! Thanks for including my valentine salad with the jicama hearts! Reply · 26 June, 2017

  • 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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