Monday, April 15, 2019

Jicama Spinach Dip with Hearts of Palm

If, like me, you are unfamiliar with jicama, let me educate you. This root vegetable with its yellow and papery skin is creamy white on the inside with a crisp texture similar to that of an apple or raw potato. The flavor is slightly sweet, and the jicama is surprisingly juicy. It can be cooked, but is largely eaten raw, and, unlike apple or potato, will not turn dark if stored after slicing. It is high in dietary fiber, composed of 86-90% water, is low in saturated fat, and a good source of vitamin C. It’s also quite tasty!
Use a knife when you slice it — a vegetable peeler does not work well at all.
Slice it into cubes to toss in a salad, strips for dipping, or mince for including in this delicious dip/sandwich spread.
A word of warning, it makes A LOT (as Jed Clampet used to say “a heapin helpin’”), so be mindful of that. If you want to cut this recipe in half, you certainly can, in which case cut back on the soup mix(es) to 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons). I served mine in these darling 5 oz. ramekins for which I never seem to run out of uses.
Jicama Spinach Dip with Hearts of Palm

1 c. mayonnaise
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 1.8-oz. pkg. dry Leek OR Vegetable Soup Mix*
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 c. peeled and minced Melissa's jicama
½ cup diced red pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight. Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days.

*I used half a pack of both (¼ cup of each)

If you like Hearts of Palm like I do but prefer a warm dip, you will love this Baked Hearts of Palm Dip.

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Linda said...

I like the looks of your version of my old favorite spinach dip. Does jicama have a taste similar to water chestnuts? It sounds really good as you describe it.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Both taste and texture are far superior to that of a water chestnut. In fact, I may never buy water chestnuts again, just use jicama as a replacement. Plus, it’s better for you.

sandy said...

Oh my...what have I been missing by not getting over here enough. These dips looks delicious and I've never heard of Jicama. said...

I love jicama, haven't had it in ages, I bet it's nice in a yummy dip!