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  1. Jicama Salad with Shrimp

     

    Healthy Recipe, Jicama Salad with Shrimp

    In Mexico, thinly-sliced jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah) sprinkled with fresh lime juice and salt, makes a quick, crisp, finger-food snack, and a great inspiration for this refreshing main dish salad. Marinated with south-of-the-border flavors, jicama, cucumber and bell pepper, tossed with shrimp — a seafood favorite from the Gulf coast — transforms into a colorful, nutrient-rich main dish salad. From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Ingredients

    1 small jicama (about ¾ pound), peeled, cut in 2-inch matchsticks
    1 small unwaxed cucumber, unpeeled, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, thinly sliced
    ½ medium red bell pepper, seeds removed, cut in 2-inch matchsticks
    ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
    ¼ cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
    1½ pound large or jumbo shrimp, steamed, peeled (deveined, if desired)
    8 cups shredded leaf lettuce
    Lime wedges, for garnish

    Dressing

    Juice from 2 limes
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 teaspoon lime peel, grated
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    Salt to taste
    ¼ cup canola oil

    Directions

    Before you begin: Wash your hands.

    1. Combine the jicama, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and cilantro or parsley in a medium bowl; gently mix. Add the shrimp.
    2. To make the dressing, combine the lime juice, honey, lime peel, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt in a small bowl; mix together. Add the oil; whisk well to blend the ingredients.
    3. Pour the dressing over the vegetable-shrimp mixture; toss gently to coat the ingredients.
    4. Cover. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to marinate and blend the flavors.
    5. Arrange the salad over lettuce. Garnish with lime wedges.

    Nutrition Information

    Serves 8

    Calories: 260; Calories from fat: 100; Total fat: 11g; Saturated fat: 1g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 170mg; Sodium: 200mg; Total carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary fiber: 5g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 25g


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