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Jicama, Beet and Carrot Salad

jicama beet carrot salad

Don’t try this at home! I highly recommend keeping the animals far away from the food. My little bunny lives in our house –he roams the family room and kitchen and he thinks he’s a dog.

He kept me company today during hours of culinary exploration. As I chopped mountains of vegetables, every now and then I threw him a scrap under the kitchen table. Today he dined on parsley, jicama peels, carrot tops and celery.

He became quite excited when I set the beet salad on a low bench to stage it for a photo shoot. Luckily I shooed him away before he could make any trouble. That dish was not meant for him and he did not get quite as close as it looks in the photo above. Rest assured, there was no contact between bunny and dish. He was attempting to peer into it, the nosy little thing!

Last week, the New York Times hyped up the nutrition of beets, calling them the new “spinach.” The recipes they offer are for cooked beets, which is fine enough, however, during summer I like to eat as much raw food as possible. Why change what is already in a state of fresh perfection?

Beets are one of my favorite veggies and the salad below is a summery and refreshing dish that I like to serve for dinner and especially as a side at picnics and barbecues.

Jicama, Beet and Carrot Salad


  • 1 cup jicama, grated
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1 cup beets, grated
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine jicama, carrots and beets
  2. In a glass jar, combine orange juice, lime juice, oil and salt; shake well
  3. Toss dressing into salad
  4. Serve

Serves 8

I hope you find this salad to be as interesting as my house rabbit did!

posted on August 12, 2008, 14 comments

  1. Athy

    Awww!! I didn’t know you have a bunny! I have a little rascal bunny also who likes to keep me company while I cook in the kitchen. They’re such funny, silly little creatures. And so skilled at getting into trouble! Hehe.

  2. Hmmm, I don’t believe I’ve ever tried raw beets, but have been enjoying them lately in cooked dishes. This looks like a good salad to try them raw with. I love jicama. Thanks!

  3. Kitchen Goddess

    I love your bunny, he’s so cute!!

    Lovely looking salad too, always on the hunt for beetroot recipes ;)

  4. This looks great! It is very similar to a Mark Bittman recipe for beet and carrots I’ve made months ago: the first time I had raw beets. Delicious!

  5. Sally Parrott Ashbrook @ aprovechar.danandsally.com

    That is hysterical that that is a real bunny. I just assumed you were being funny about the carrots with a ceramic or stuffed bunny when I saw the photo!

  6. Do you know if these recipes are recomended, helpful for ADHD?

  7. lana richardson

    I substituted jerusalem artichokes instead of jicima, not available around here. was good. Have you ever frozen beet tops? have loads of beets and also love the tops. Lana

  8. Athy -They are mischievous little things, aren’t they?!

    Katrina -You are welcome :-)

    Kitchen Goddess -Thanks

    Olga -Thanks

    Sally -Thanks for stopping by; I love reading your blog! Everyone who is reading this, go check out Sally’s blog approvechar.

    Heather -As a parent I know that eliminating artificial colors, flavors and sugar is helpful to children (none of the above are found in my recipes). However, given that I am not a medical professional I really cannot comment on the efficacy of these recipes in relation to ADHD.

    Lana -I haven’t frozen beet tops –what do you do with them after you freeze them? Cook them up like spinach? I’m so curious…

  9. lana richardson

    yes use it like spinach in any recipe, do the same with swiss chard. Lana

  10. Lana-

    ahhh the complexities of electronic communication…I use beet greens in many recipes and have done so for quite some time; my question really is what do you do with the greens after you have frozen them? I’ve not had experience freezing greens and am wondering what they are good to use for after they come out of the freezer. Hope this communication makes a bit more sense :-)


  11. CoconutGal

    Hi again :-D I like giving feedback because it always makes me so happy to know someone has tried a recipe of mine so I like to do the same for others.
    This salad is so tasty and sweet, I think it could be eaten as dessert!! I even had some with breakfast the other morning, so cool and refreshing. Again, I used blended whole oranges for the oj and it turned out perfect. I added a bit of shredded coconut onto one serving and that was a nice pairing as well. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- your veggie (especially raw) recipes are my favorite.

    Yay for your house bunny making a blog appearance! Cuteee!

  12. Susan

    Elana, I was looking for a recipe that uses jicama and carrots and found this one. Just so happened I also had beets! I didn’t have orange or lime juice but I did have grapefruit and lemon. I mixed up the dressing with those instead and they have just the right tartness to complement the sweetness of the beets, jicama and carrots! This is a perfect cold salad for the 100+ temps that we are having. Just wanted to let you know this recipe is still being used! Thanks, Susan.

  13. Anastasia Healthy Mama Info.com @ healthymamainfo.com

    Love adding jicama and beets to recipes:) Not only is this a low calorie treat, its easy to make quickly if you are getting too busy with the kids!

  14. aly

    Hi, a couple of questions..
    Instead of cups can you tell me how many of each vegetable needs to be grated?
    Also did you use a food processor for the grating? I do not have a box grater..

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