Get familiar with tomatillos and jicama this week

Unusual vegetables offer tartness and starchiness

I know that you can find Jicama at No Frills and I know I have seen tomatillos but I don’t know where as I grow my own.

Fresh Tomatillo Salad

Ingredients

12 medium tomatillos (about 1 pound)

½ medium jicama (about 12 ounces)

⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

2 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges

1 teaspoon salt

Ground pepper to taste

Directions: Peel off and discard papery husks from tomatillos. Rinse away the sticky residue from the skin under warm water. Halve the tomatillos, then thinly slice and place in a large bowl.

Peel jicama, cut into quarters and thinly slice. Cut the slices into match sticks. Add to the bowl.

Combine cilantro, oil, lime juice and crushed red pepper in a small bowl and stir to blend. Drizzle the dressing over the tomatillos and jicama. Add tomatoes and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.

Fresh Jicama Salad

3 medium fresh jicama shredded

1 apple — cored and diced

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon fresh lime peel — grated

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 1/2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon marjoram

Combine shredded jicama with apple and nuts.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Add dressing to jicama mixture. Mix thoroughly. Chill before serving.

Dora Miner is a local cook and baker who writes a regular column for The Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin police say thief broke into locker, stole debit card

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate theft, fraud, seek information and ID suspect

Two men charged after stolen vehicles, property seized near Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin/Camrose RCMP investigate possession of stolen property, more

Rosebrier 4-H Beef Club January report

Rosebrier public speaking event coming up this weekend

UPDATE Human remains found in Manny’s Motel ruins

UPDATE RCMP Major Crimes Unit Investigate Fatal Fire in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin Legion ‘Branch Briefings’

Branch #86 is planning its 90th anniversary

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

VAUGHAN: Childhood heroes like Kobe are supposed to be immortal

Kobe Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

VIDEO: Alberta man hopes billboard will find him a kidney donor

Jim Lomond has a rare disorder that causes inflammation and damages his kidney tissues

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Most Read