Chayote, Apple and Jícama Salad
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- 1/4 cup pepitas or raw and hulled pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 7 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- 1/4 cup (packed) coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons (packed) coarsely chopped fresh dill plus more for garnish
- 1 ripe avocado halved, pitted and meat scooped out
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
- 1 pound (about 2) chayote squash peeled and julienned
- 1 pound (about 2) tart green apples peeled and julienned
- 1 jicama peeled and julienned
- In a small pan set over low-medium heat, toast the pepitas, stirring occasionally, until they start making popping sounds and are very lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
- For the avocado dressing, in the jar of a blender, add 1/2 cup of water and the oil, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, dill, avocado, pepper, salt, mustard, and the toasted pepitas, and puree until completely smooth.
- In a bowl, toss the julienned chayote squash, apple, and jícama with the avocado dressing. Garnish with some cilantro and dill and serve.
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One of the most remarkable, refreshing and creative salads ever!
Aw!!! So glad you liked it Roger, yay 🙂
Amazing summery salad. We like to add some golden raisins for extra sweetness. And we save some toasted pepitas as garnish, along with cilantro & dill. We will make it as a side for a passover seder this weekend. The dressing is so creamy, but it’s dairy-free.
Thank you Pati!
So glad you liked this recipe Mac, and amazing add-ons, bravo!
Se ve delicioso. Muchas gracias
Que bueno que te gusto Julio 🙂
At the market, I saw light green chayote and dark green chayote. Is there a difference in taste? I bought the pale one. I suppose one of each might look pretty together. Going to make tonight
Enjoy it Demarie, light green chayotes are perfect for this!
Pati!! How is every recipe you put together so delicious!!! Your recipes are a hit every single time!! This dressing i could put on everything!!
P.s. starting your new season la frontera tonight! Muchas Gracias you are the best😘
So glad you liked the Salad and hoping you enjoyed La Frontera. Abrazos Stacie 🙂
This was such a great salad. We love watching your show on PBS. We are vegan and I love using your techniques for sauces and flavors. I had never heard of chayote and I was so pleasantly surprised when I made this salad. This will definitely be one I make frequently.
So glad you liked it Mary-Helen, one of my favorites as well 🙂
Made this salad & topped it with chili lime shrimp delicious
Yes, great idea! You made a full meal out of this salad Cathy, bravo 😉
So fresh and crisp. It makes winter here taste like sunny Mexico every time. Last time, I was out of dill, but our big pot of fresh mint still growing on the porch called my name. Turns out it brought a certain hint of brightness to the dressing which we liked equally well. Patti, we make so many of your recipes and have loved them all. This salad must be in the top 10.
Aw Thos, thank you, delighted you loved this recipe! And great use of mint, yum!
This is one of the easiest and tastiest salads ever. LOVE it!
How does one choose the right chayote and jícama?
Both have to be firm to the touch, the chayote needs to be bright green and the jicama not to have any brown spots. Good luck!
What. Pairs well with this salad?
How about this steak? http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/dry-rub-skirt-steak/ Enjoy!
Amazing salad, always a hit!
Thank you Angie, glad you like it!
Can’t wait to try this. Looks amazing.
Hope you will like it Zoe 😉
This is such a delicious recipe! Very refreshing!!
Glad you liked it Gracie 😉
Hey Pati! Loved this salad and my family did too. Thank you so much
Sounds perfect will be making it for dinner tomorrow!!
Enjoy your dinner, Martha!
Gracias Pati! I love following you on FB and watching your show on PBS. I love the culture and how you show Mexican dishes do not have to be greasy all the time!
Thank you for following and tuning in, Patty!
Esta página es un tesoro. I live in México and look for variety in using the paradise full of foods here. Always wondered if I could use chayote raw, as I’m almost a raw vegan. Came here to get a
jicama idea and just read 20 diff recipes! Will check back often. Gracias y un gran abrazo de la guera agradecida. 💚<3
So glad you found the site!
I love watching your cooking shows both on PBS and Amazon Prime. Specially when you travel to Mexico City, Yucatán Peninsula , etc. I learned so much from you about Mexican culture , food, tips and techniques. I wish you much continued success and looking forward to see more cooking shows from you. You inspired me to cook Mexican food. Muchas Gracias.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Marjan. It made me so happy to read it!
Hola Pati !
Soy una fan muy grande , saludos a ti y a tu familia , Por un tiempo e estado buscando una receta que hicieste con tomatillo verde , manzana verde aguacate y mas ingredientes verdes ?
Uy mil gracias, Lorena! Aquí está la receta: http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/es/recipe/pico-de-guacamole/
Is the chayote raw? I’ve never heard of eating raw chayote.
In many recipes chayote is cooked…but here they are raw and give a great crunch to this refreshing salad. I hope you enjoy it, Mary.
I’m going to make this salad for my friends birthday. I was wondering if it would work if I put pomegranates in it? Can you make any part of the salad a day ahead?
Give the pomegranates a try, Lili! And you can make the dressing ahead and toss it when you serve it. It will be good overnight in the fridge. I hope your friend has a great birthday!
This. Was. Awesome. So simple, yet so tasty. It was the perfect accompaniment to the chili we made to entertain some friends. Thank you, now I don’t have to wonder what to have as a side with a bowl of red!
Oh I’m so happy to hear it will be your go to side dish for chile, Pat.
Pati, this was DELICIOUS !! I have a question to ask you though. How do I know or how can I tell if the jicama is ripe ? I had to cut away almost half of the one I bought to get to the softer inside. Thanks in advance. Love your TV show.
So glad you loved the salad, Ed! Look for a jicama that’s hard to the touch and with no signs of moisture on the peel. Make sure it isn’t mushy…and here’s some more info: http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/jicama/
Thanks Pati, I can’t wait to make this again.
THIS IS GREAT!!!
I added some chopped dried Cranberries ( Crasins ) to the mix along with extra Pepitas ( Pumpkin Seeds ) as part of the garnish…It was SUPERB Pati…Thank You!!!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe and made it your own, D.!
If I make the dressing a day ahead to toss together the next day will the dressing keep or go bad? Thank you! I am a huge fan, love you and what you create <3
It will be good overnight in the fridge. And thank you so much, Claudia 🙂
That jicama salad looked so delicious i am going to make it.
Enjoy the salad, Violet!
Wow!! This was amazing. The explosion of flavor in the dressing. The crunchy vegetables. I could not wait to bring this to a summer pot luck. And when I did everyone loved it. I live in Long Beach, CA so the ingredients all are readily available and we have a large old avocado tree in the backyard for our own avocados.
I make a lot of your recipes and always appreciate the authenticity of the delicious flavor. But this one I had to comment on. Superb.
Yay! I’m so glad you enjoy lots of my recipes and especially this one, Jordan.
I made the dressing and put it on some grilled halibut for a dinner party in the backyard for fourth of July. Outstanding!
Max & Iza
My name is Max and we watch your show here in Canada although no with my wife Iza. We wanted to try this salad the day we saw it on your show and in fact, we picked up the ingredients already. However, we came up short on the Jicama. Just wondering if there is a substitute. We actually bought a couple of turnips instead. We never had them either but wanted to see if they would work with this combo of green apple and chayote (sorprisingly no problem finding that). We have gone to several grocery stores but no luck. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Love your show!
If you can’t find jicama you can always use more chayote and apple…or any other raw veggie that is watery and crunchy. Many find raw turnips to be too bitter…
Never having bought a jicama or chayote squash before, I decided to take the plunge and try this recipe. It was AMAZING – so light, so fresh – and it looked exactly like it did when you prepared it on your show! My family devoured it. Thank you, Pati…and thanks to CreateTV for introducing us to you. We are learning so much about traditional Mexican ingredients and techniques from you. My daughter wants it as part of her upcoming birthday dinner – not bad for a Polish/Italian/Irish family 😉
I’m so happy reading this…thank you Laura!
I am one of your fans from the Philippines!
May I know what veggie I can use in place of avocado?
I recommend that if you can’t find avocados you might want to try another salad http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/category/recipes/salads/, or you can also try another vinaigrette, such as the Every Day Green Salad vinaigrette, for this same Chayote, Apple and Jicama salad.
We found that in a pinch, bottled green goddess salad dressing is a reasonable substitute.
I’ve made this recipe twice now and my daughter loves, loves, loves it! Thank you.
Yay! So happy your daughter loves it.
What was a curious salad became a wonderful surprise ! Light , crisp and refreshing. And the cresmy dressing uniquely complements the dish perfectly . I highly recommend it.
Thank you so much Beth!
I have wanted to try this since I had watched the episode.Have to add a couple thing to the grocery list first it appears. I take care of the kitchen now and making some changes so will be trying more of your recipes. Thanks so much!
Hope you love it Jay!
OMG! This is amazing! Will definitely make this again!
I was hoping to try this tonight but I forgot 2 of the main ingredients! Lol pepita’s & lemon! I know it says lime but I’m pretty sure u used lemon on the show & I prefer it ? Sooo, I shall try again tomorrow! I have no doubt that it will be amazing! I have thought about it since I seen it yesterday! Thanks so much for sharing all that you do! I have been to the Yucatan twice & every time I watch your show, I’m ready to pack the house, critters, & the hubs to move far south of the border!
Again, thanks for sharing! I love your show & seeing your beautiful family, JuJu is so funny! ??
Good luck with the salad tomorrow…it’s super easy and super delicious.
I have to say ..I watched this episode and the next day made this awesome salad for my family I served it with my grilled chicken breast and we are in love ..thank you Pati !! You got me making this every weekend! ..Everything you have taught me to make has been the best !! I’m a real good cook now!! Thanks again girlfriend! !
Connie that made my day to hear that you are a great cook now! Keep cooking and having fun in the kitchen!
Looks like a salad I’d love….thanks
Made this salad for dinner with grilled steaks…we LOVE it!! So light and delicious, my husband says he wants to eat it all summer! Your show and recipes keep me in touch with my Mexican side…gracias Pati! Que rico!!
It’s the perfect summer dish….I’m so happy that the show helps you keep in touch with your Mexican side. That means so much to me!
Sometime you have to make educated guesses about substitute ingredients. After looking in
a couple of groceries with pretty wide selections of Mexican ingredients I just couldn’t find
chayote (unusual- it is usually available). I swapped the chayote for a couple of fairly firm D’Anjou pears (you mentioned on your show that raw chayote tastes somewhat like pears). (I’ve never used chayote in it’s raw form- only roasted or
OMG this was good- the dressing is the
star of the show and the crunch of the apples, jicima and pears were a (very wonderful) crunchy vehicle for
the dressing. Most of the tastes in the dressing I am familiar with, but the toasted pepitas really
Hola Greg, I’m so happy you were able to find a substitute and make the salad your own.
I tried this and Oh Dios mio!
Nos encanto Pati gracias por compartir sus recetas tan deliciosas! Mis hijos y yo no nos perdemos su show.
Es un orgullo ver que comparte su recetas mexicanas con todos.
Muchas gracias Yvonne (y tus hijos)!
I’m preparing a dinner for new parents. Will these ingredients turn brown before they eat it?
What a lovely gesture Kelly! The dressing should prevent it from turning too brown.
Patti I enjoy your show on PBS, because not only we learn about Mexico, but we get to know your tasty recipes.
Thank you Jenny! This means so much to me.
Betty just knowing that these ingredients are all healthy should suffice this salad is Great for us
I love this salad. Can you send me nutritional data? I need to know serving size and number of carbs, fat, protein, and fiber grams in the serving. Thank you
Sorry Betty but we don’t track the nutritional data…but I’m glad you like the salad!
Betty the ingredients in this salad are all nutritious healthy and good for you it should be the data you need
You could always enter the ingredients in a number of Health / Diet Apps on your phone and it will show you all the nutritional data you need.