Recipe by Douglas McNish

Mango, Jicama, Pumpkin Seed and Fresh Herb Salad

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Parve Parve
Easy Easy
6 Servings

No Allergens specified

This light yet intense salad is bursting with fresh summer flavors and interesting textures. It is sure to impress your guests at a dinner party or weekend picnic.



  • 2 cups (500 milliliters) sliced, peeled jicama

  • 1 cup (250 milliliters) sliced, peeled mango

  • 1/2 cup (125 milliliters) raw pumpkin seeds (omit on Passover if your minhag does not allow them)

  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil

  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) chopped parsley leaves

  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) chopped cilantro leaves

  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) chopped basil leaves

  • pinch of fine sea salt


Prepare the Salad


In a serving bowl, toss jicama, mango, pumpkin seeds, lime juice and olive oil until evenly coated.


Set aside to macerate for 15 minutes.


Add parsley, cilantro, basil and salt and toss gently.


Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to three days.


  To peel and chop a mango, cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the fruit to make flat ends. Using a vegetable peeler, carefully peel away the skin. Stand mango upright on a cutting board. Using a chef’s knife, run the blade through the flesh, taking approximately three slices from each of the four sides. When you are close to the stone, use a paring knife to remove any remaining flesh from around the middle.   Pumpkin seeds provide an impressive array of nutrients. They contain healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese, thiamine (vitamin B1) and vitamin E — not bad for the seeds of a common squash.


Text and photo from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish. Text copyright © 2012 Douglas McNish. Photographs by Colin Erricson. Published by Robert Rose, Inc. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Mango, Jicama, Pumpkin Seed and Fresh Herb Salad

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