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Summery Jicama and Mango Slaw

Cinco de Mayo is just days away! Do you have a Mexican fiesta planned? Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or a Mexican-themed dinner at home, I have the perfect dish to serve as a side or even as a topping option for your taco bar! Get the recipe for this crunchy and light jicama and mango slaw with a poppy seed lime vinaigrette below.

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Do you celebrate this holiday in your home? While I don’t typically celebrate Cinco de Mayo the traditional way which includes lots of tequila, beer and greasy Mexican foods, I will use it as an excuse to have our own Mexican fiesta at home!

When it comes to food, two of my favorites are Mexican food and a good breakfast, but I prefer to keep the two separate.

Because of my love for all things Mexican, I make tacos frequently at home. They are just so easy to make.

With summer right around the corner, I decided it’s time to switch up my usual taco night with a fresh and summery addition. I love fruit salsas on tacos, but wanted to create something that had a little more crunch and could be served as a side as well.

Jicama and Mango Slaw || FitLiving Eats

This summery jicama and mango slaw can be made ahead and brought to a potluck, served at a backyard barbeque, or included in a taco bar lineup. It’s one of the most versatile recipes I’ve come up with, yet!

And trust me, you’re going to love just how versatile it is, because we can’t get enough of this stuff in our house. It is so fresh, light and healthy tasting that it will leave you craving more!

Before we get to the recipe, let’s break down the health benefits found in this colorful dish.

Nutrition 411

Have you ever heard of jicama? It’s a root that has a sweet, mild flavor, but an insanely crunchy texture. You might be surprised to learn how nutritionally dense jicama is, given its rather bland appearance, but don’t let that fool you!

There are two standout nutrients found in this oftentimes overlooked root. Jicama is full of dietary fiber which helps promote healthy digestion, and it is a great source of vitamin C which helps boost the immune system.

Jicama and Mango Slaw || FitLiving Eats

As if you aren’t already getting enough vitamin C from the jicama, did you know that mangoes pack a healthy dose of this immune-boosting nutrient? Mangoes are also a good source of Vitamin A which helps promote eye health and B vitamins, which boosts energy levels!

Now, on to the third color in this dish which comes from the purple (red) cabbage. Did you know that red cabbage has the same cancer-fighting antioxidants as red wine, known as “polyphenols”? Red cabbage is also a powerful source of Vitamin K, which helps transport calcium in the body, leading to stronger bones.

Jicama and Mango Slaw || FitLiving Eats

Not only is this slaw a delicious taco topping, it would be a great salad topping as well. Throw it on top of some romaine lettuce with some black beans and call it a meal!

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Summery Jicama and Mango Slaw

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: n/a
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Try this recipe for crunchy and light jicama and mango slaw with a poppy seed lime vinaigrette. It’s the perfect dish to serve as a side or even as a topping option for your taco bar!


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  • 2 cups mango, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups jicama, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced for garnish

Lime Poppy Seed Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grapes oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the mangoes, jicama, cabbage and cilantro. Toss to combine.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, add the dressing ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the jicama mango mixture and toss until evenly coated. Top with sliced scallions and serve!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 146mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: vegetarian, side dish, mango, slaw, jicama, summer side, tacos

What is your favorite taco topping? Share with me in the comments below!

Loved this recipe? Don’t forget to pin for later!

-Carly Paige

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    1. You should be able to find it in your local store! It’s slightly sweet, crunchy and doesn’t really have a whole lot of flavor.

  1. The first time I had jicama I was sold. We were eating at a Mexican restaurant and I ordered the grilled veggie lettuce wraps which came with a ton of different types of veggies. This slaw sounds so yummy and will be a huge hit in our home. Thanks for sharing.

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