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Jicama, Cucumber, & Fruit Cups w/ Chile & Lime

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I'm almost afraid to voice my content with the weather over the last few days.  I definitely don't want to jinx myself.  But upper 60's and lower 70's just make me happy.  And I don't care who knows it!  Yes, that was a Buddy the Elf reference.  Today the hubs and I even sat outside and had a little picnic.  It included a few bottles of wine.  More on that soon.

But I know it's still disgustingly hot in other parts of the country...and the world.  And even though I'm hoping against hope that we're not going to hit the 80's (or dog forbid, even higher) any more this year, Mother Nature doesn't often heed my requests.  So.  Hot weather food is still bound to make regular appearances around here for a while longer.
And what's better to eat in hot weather than juicy tropical fruit?  Perhaps crisp, cool vegetables.  Heck, let's just put 'em both together.  'kay?  And then let's squirt some tangy lime over both of them right before we sprinkle them with some fiery red chile powder...chipotle this time...and salt.  Now let's put it all in a cup together, throw on our shades, kick back in the lounge chair, and wish we were on the beach.

See?  I can do hot weather just as well as the next Autumn-lovin' girl bearing the hot summer sun...

Jicama, Cucumber, & Fruit Cups w/ Chile & Lime

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: appetizer snack vegan cucumber mango pineapple jicama Mexican summer

Ingredients (serves 6-8)
  • 1 jicama, peeled
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled & seeded
  • 1 small pineapple, peeled & cored
  • 1-2 mangoes, peeled
  • 1-2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbs. chile powder (any kind you like)
  • 2 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt
Instructions
Cut the jicama, cucumber, pineapple, and mango into long strips with roughly the same thickness. Divide evenly and arrange them in cups standing up.

Stir chile powder and salt together. Squeeze lime wedges over fruit and veggies in cups and then sprinkle with as much of the chile-salt mixture as you like. Enjoy!

adapted from Fiesta at Rick's
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25 comments

  1. This is awesome! I love the simple yet appealing presentation. I don't see too many ideas for jicama, so thank you for sharing! I found your blog via Foodie Friday hop and would love it if you linked up to mine as well: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/08/sweet-saturday-16-sweet-bbq-pics.html. I hope to see you there!

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  2. This would be a welcome treat on a hot day! A little cold to cool me off and a little spice to perk me up. I'm dreaming of cool days like that! Hope they come my way soon.

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  3. This look fresh and delicious!:)

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  4. You're so lucky!! But these are wonderful for cooling off on the hot days (hope there's not too many left....)

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  5. This is lovely. My kids will love it! Oh, this and many of your other recipes are indeed, gluten-free but not labeled as such. Just an FYI, since you have the tag and all.

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  6. Hi Merrilyn...since I'm not familiar with everything that is gluten-free, I rarely use that label. Yes, I should take the time to make a list, but as of yet, I haven't. Thanks for the head-up, though! =) (by "in my index", do you mean Recipage?)

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  7. Fruit & Veggie fries ... I love it :-)

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  8. Marlys @ This and ThatAugust 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

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  9. Okay this is brilliant. Way to amp up the taste.

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  10. love this remember having at a fiesta

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  11. Love this! A definite extra kick with the chiles on fresh fruits! I could eat a couple of cups! I'm coming over to the beach with some refreshments!

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  12. Yes, it was beautiful here today too. Let's quit talking about it so we don't jinx it. Love the chile lime!

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  13. I have had spicy mango but hadn't thought to try it on other fruits...yum!

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  14. I love buying exotic fruit another excuse to buy jicama Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

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  15. Looks great! I really enjoyed this dish too - and your stick style of cutting up the produce is very conducive to deck-style munching! Beautiful photos too, Charles just stopped to look at them on his way outside and commented on how great they were.

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  16. Thanks so much...and thanks Charles! =) I love your skewers, too...but I was in the mood for cups-o-fruit that day...

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  17. Yum! How simple, and soothing!! I'll keep this in mind...we do a lot of Mexican-style foods here! Yummm....

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  18. I've always wanted to try but I have never eaten jicama, what kind of taste does it have?

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  19. Thanks for responding to my invite and linking this up at Sweet Saturday! Can't wait to see what else you come up with ;)

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  20. I think it tastes like a cross between an apple and a potato. Strange? Funny thing is, when I was a kid, I would always hang out in the kitchen when my mom was peeling/slicing potatoes. And I'd always ask for a slice (raw), sprinkled with salt. That taste and texture is basically what jicama reminds me of...yet with a slightly sweet, apple-y note.

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  21. what a healthy and delish snack to munch :-) Dropping by from FF and thank you for sharing the recipe too :-)


    http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/my-little-girls-first-time-to-eat-at-jollibee/

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  22. I have been wanting to make this recipe and love how you have it in the cups. (No accidents while running with skewers!) ;-)

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  23. Lyndsey@TinySkilletAugust 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    This is just what we get at the farmers market up in Bradenton. Right next to the best authentic (just like Mexico) tacos stand. I love that place and they serve it exactly like this in a cup and all! YUM!

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  24. one of our favorite summer treats!!

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  25. oooh, refreshing party food! thanks for the idea! :)


    thanks so much for linking and sharing over at Food Friday, Heather
    so sorry for the very late visit.....

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