Healthy Salad: High Fiber Jicama/Singkamas Salad
I noticed that a lot of fellow Filipino’s fall to this idea that lettuce (most especially iceberg lettuce) is a healthy choice to have when it comes to eating green salads. Although I have nothing against this choice, what most people do not understand is that there are FAR BETTER healthier ingredients out there instead of just lettuce. Most especially if you’re choice of lettuce is the iceberg, which, unfortunately, does not have much nutritional content. Now add to that the type of dressing that you use that can make it an unhealthy bowl of a “healthy bowl”. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my go-to salad recipe that’s been my staple at home.
The star of this dish is the singkamas, also known as jicama. I love this root crop so much because there’s just plenty of dishes you can make of it. Another wonderful thing about jicamas/singkamas is that its packed with nutrients. Have a look at this image. It's totally worth it to have it in your kitchen.
(image credits to www.organicfacts.net)
Ingredients are VERY FILIPINO so it’s easy to find and you won’t need to purchase that western-kind of ingredients just to make a healthy salad bowl. So here’s how you can make this salad at home that serves 3-4 people.
1 medium/large size Jicama/Singkamas – peeled and thinly sliced
2 medium almost-ripe tomatoes (orange in color) – sliced into wedges
1 medium-size red onions – thinly sliced
3 strands of long beans/sitaw – cut into an inch length (optional)
1 salted egg - sliced thinly
Raisins – ¼ cup
For the dressing
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 kalamansi – squeezed and with seeds removed
2-3 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of salt
Black pepper – crushed
- Slice the vegetables and salted egg according to instructions, then add them together in a mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, add the kalamansi juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper together. Wisk vigorously until you the ingredients are fully emulsified.
3. Add the mixed dressing to the bowl of fresh ingredients, and toss everything all together.
4. Place a portion of the salad to a salad plate.
5. Serve and enjoy!