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Orange, Jicama, and Pickled Red Onion Salad

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Orange, Jicama, and Pickled Red Onion Salad

Orange, Jicama, and Pickled Red Onion Salad
New Media Publishing / Photography: Flat Art Studios.com / Stylist: Abigail Donnelly
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There's nothing quite as refreshing as a wintertime citrus salad. In this case, the sweetness of oranges is offset by the pickled red onions, while the jicama adds a wonderful crunch.

Ingredients

  • FOR PICKLED ONION:
  • 1/2 of a medium (8-ounce) red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FOR ORANGE AND JICAMA:
  • 1 pound jicama, (either whole or a piece of a larger one), peeled of all fibrous bits (use a knife if vegetable peeler isn't strong enough)
  • 3 large navel oranges
  • FOR DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup mild olive oil
  • Equipment: a mandoline or other manual slicer fitted with julienne blade

Directions

  • MAKE PICKLED ONION:

    Put onion in a bowl. Bring vinegar, sugar, and salt to a simmer in a small non-reactive saucepan, stirring until sugar and salt are dissolved, then pour over onion. Let stand 5 minutes, stirring occasionally (onion will brighten in color). Drain onion in a sieve and transfer to a large salad bowl.
  • PREPARE ORANGE AND JICAMA:

    Cut jicama into julienne strips with slicer and add to onion.
  • Cut peel and pith from oranges with a serrated knife. Holding each orange over the salad bowl, cut sections free from membranes with a sharp paring knife, letting the sections fall into the bowl. Squeeze juice remaining in membranes into bowl.
  • MAKE DRESSING:

    Whisk together lime juice, sugar, and salt until sugar and salt are dissolved, then whisk in oil. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Make ahead: Pickled onions can be prepared 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Jicama and oranges can be cut up 3 hours ahead but kept in separate bowls or containers, covered and chilled.