Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad

Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad

Ensalada de Cangrejo, Pepino y Jícama
4 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cayenne pepper, cilantro, crab, cucumber, honey, Jicama, lime, Peanuts, tostadas, vinegar
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 9 “Pot Luck Party”


  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small jícama, peeled and julienned
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, crushed , or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 pint jumbo lump crab meat, picked through thoroughly for cartilage and shells
  • Romain lettuce, to accompany (optional)
  • Tostadas, homemade or store-bought, or crackers, to accompany (optional)

To Prepare

  • In a large bowl, combine the lime juice and zest, cayenne pepper, rice wine vinegar and honey. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the jícama, cucumber, scallions, peanuts and cilantro and toss well to combine. Then, add the crab and gently toss, taking care not to break up the crab meat. Serve over lettuce or in individual cups accompanied by tostadas or crackers.

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  1. Hi Pati,
    The gal that used the words “beach and summer“ to describe this recipe was right on target! It is so refreshingly delicious! Yes, I am using a lot of exclamation marks because it’s that good! Thank you, Pati, your recipes never fail me.

    1. Thanks so much Rose! Yes, this salad is very refreshing and the crunch added with jicama and cucumber makes it really delicious. Enjoy 😉

  2. Love, love, love your show!!! I just madeyour crab salad with jícama, súper deliciosa!!, muchas gracias!!!??

  3. Me encanta tu programa! I watch it with my little girls and they get excited to go to the kitchen and try out your recipes. Muchisimas gracias!

  4. Hi Pati – love your show! Made the Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad and it was a hit! Next up is the Beef Barbacoa Sliders. You are awesome! Thank you!

  5. This was excellent, it was the first time trying Jicama and it was delicious. The only thing I did differentlywas to add a teaspoon of sesame toasted oil… It felt like the right thing to do because of the rice wine vinegar.