Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jicama, Apple, Cucumber, and Nut Salad

Serves 2-4 (meal or side!)

1/4 jicama, peeled and cubed
1 apple, cubed
6 inches of a cucumber, cubed
1/4 red onion, cubed
8 broccoli florets, rinsed and broken into tiny florets
small handful of pecan halves
small handful of walnut pieces
OPT: 3 stalks celery, cubed (adds a touch of salty taste)
OPT: 1 avocado, cubed (adds a creamy texture to individual bites)
balsamic vinaigrette
OPT: mayo on the side

Chop the first 5 ingredients and toss them into a bowl. Add the nuts and the options, if you're using them. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss. Serve on a plate. Add a spoonful of mayo, if you like. Garnish, if desired, with rosemary sprigs! MMMMMM

The "OPTs": adding celery gives it a more "Waldorf Salad" taste and texture. Adding a spoonful of mayo on the side of the plates allows the eater to have some, or not. I liked it, because I could snag a bit on the tip of my spoon and scoop some salad on it, too, and I could do it on alternate bites, so I could enjoy the cleaner taste of the balsamic dressing and still have the mayo that I love! Ha!