Grilled Corn, Mango and Jicama Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn, Jicama and Mango Salad

This is one of those salads that just came together in my head as I was wandering through the produce section at the grocery store one day. I was craving a jicama salad, but wanted to do something very different than the citrus salad I made last winter with my sister’s tangerines.

Although I did choose to once again pair the jicama with fruit, mango in this case, the flavors in this summer salad are quite different than its winter equivalent. Jicama doesn’t have much flavor on its own, so I combined several of my favorite ingredients to add some interest. The corn, mango, avocado and cilantro all worked very well together.

How to chop Mangoes

Grilling the corn intensifies the flavor and adds just a hint of smokiness to this sweet and mellow salad while the mango and avocado add a creamy texture that contrasts nicely with the crunchy jicama.

Grilled Corn on the cob

To grill the corn, I simply rubbed the shucked ears of corn with a bit of olive oil then grilled them directly over medium heat, turning frequently until the corn was tender and slightly charred. After letting the corn cool slightly, I carefully cut the kernels off the ears of corn.

Cutting the Grilled Corn off the cob

Grilled Corn, Mango and Jicama Salad

Kernels from 3 ears of grilled sweet corn*
1 medium jicama, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
3 small mangoes, cubed
1 avocado, diced
1 tablespoon minced jalapeƱo pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
simple honey vinaigrette (recipe below)

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss well. Salad can be served immediately at room temperature.

Simple Honey Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil

In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vinegar and salt. While whisking steadily, add the oil in a slow steady stream until it’s all incorporated.

*For a great tip on cutting corn off the cob, check out Elise’s post on Simply Recipes.

Since this salad was completely improvised, I hope you do the same by adjusting ingredients to suit your own taste. I had originally planned on making a honey lime vinaigrette but I accidentally dumped the first batch of dressing all over myself and the kitchen floor! Since I was completely out of limes at that point, I went ahead and created a milder honey vinaigrette using a bit of apple cider vinegar in place of the citrus juice. I was happy with the result, but feel free to continue my experiment with lime juice if you feel like it!

Related Recipes:

Tangerine and Jicama Salad with Garlic and Cilantro
Orange Cranberry Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese
Cilantro Caesar Salad with Carne Asada

Around the Web:

Jicama Salad Recipe from Simply Recipes
Grilled Chicken, Mango, and Jicama Salad with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette from Whipped
Beet and Jicama Salad from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife
Jicama Salad with Chili-Spiced Chicken from Culinary in the Desert

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34 Comments
  1. Anali

    That salad looks so good and yet so simple! I’m getting ready to make my lunch for work. I just may try that vinaigrette with my salad.

    6:44 am  Jul 18th, 2008
  2. Nicole

    Thanks, Anali!

    7:48 am  Jul 18th, 2008
  3. Srimathi (foody.guru)

    Hi Nicole,

    You salad looks very delicious. I never use salad dressings but this time I feel inspired to try yours the next time and try jicama in my salad too. Your photos on the blog are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    9:11 am  Jul 18th, 2008
  4. Nicole

    Srimathi: Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoy adding jicama to your next salad!

    1:30 pm  Jul 18th, 2008
  5. amanda

    dizamn, woman! you’re on it! a new post WITH a recipe! :-) this salad is soooo up my alley! jicama and corn go so well together, both being sweet and crispy and all.

    you know, i don’t even have an excuse like completely redoing a new house for not posting! no wonder you’re a foodblogging hoss!

    4:02 pm  Jul 18th, 2008
  6. Kathy

    Hey, how come your cuticles are not full of paint like mine ? were you wearing gloves ? nice photos and nice hands.

    4:30 pm  Jul 18th, 2008
  7. Ruby

    Looks fantastic!!!

    8:15 pm  Jul 18th, 2008
  8. Julia

    Ooh I haven’t had corn on the cob in ages. I really fancy some now, with lashings of butter!

    1:33 am  Jul 19th, 2008
  9. redmenace

    Thank you for the recipe! I’m always looking for new salads and I LOVE jicama!

    9:49 am  Jul 19th, 2008
  10. Jude

    Like the combination of textures in the recipe. Anything with mango sounds good to me.

    10:53 pm  Jul 19th, 2008
  11. Richard Shaffer

    Nicole – you say something here that I like (in addition to the fact that these photos are SO good)…and that is that GRILLING intensifies food flavor. How true! It seems to me like proper grilling helps make food taste like what it is.

    Richard

    11:33 pm  Jul 19th, 2008
  12. Emon

    Those mangoes look so good. Good thing I bought a whole jug of Mango Lassi from my favorite place in NYC.

    I think I’ll go and finish them off now. :)

    8:37 am  Jul 20th, 2008
  13. Nicole

    Amanda: You’d better get on it ;-)
    Kathy: Because I made this salad before I ever started painting the new house! My hands look terrible now!
    Ruby: Thanks!
    Julia: Yep, extra butter for me, too!
    redmenace: You’re welcome! Jicama is such a great addition to any kind of salad!
    Jude: I agree. If it has mango in it, it’s probably gonna be good :-)
    Richard Schaffer: Absolutely true (as long as it’s not overcooked, of course) :-)
    Emon:You did not, you’re just teasing me! Besides, why don’t you just make lassi at home? Do you guys have a blender there?

    9:33 am  Jul 20th, 2008
  14. Dana

    This looks AMAZING!

    11:58 am  Jul 20th, 2008
  15. The Secret Ingredient

    This looks super yummy—-love all those flavors. Your photos are amazing—- how do you get the light so gorgeous? I’m still experimenting with food photography on my own food blog—but I have a long way to go to achieve these kinds of results!!

    6:47 pm  Jul 20th, 2008
  16. Katie

    This salad looks really cool – I’ve never tried jicama before, but I love testing out new foods – thanks for this idea!

    7:09 pm  Jul 20th, 2008
  17. Karen

    Ciao Nicole, Sadly, we never met in Sicily, I used to write some of the Cin Cin food articles in the paper ;) Our paths should have crossed, but never did! On occasion I pop over to your blog to see what delicious new items you have posted. I’m excited you are in San Diego ( I was there from 97-02). How I wish I was with you sampling those amazing chocolate truffles you posted a few weeks back!

    1:04 am  Jul 21st, 2008
  18. kishntell

    Love your recipes — I’ve added your blog to my links, if that’s ok.
    kishntell.blogspot.com

    8:47 am  Jul 22nd, 2008
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    1:19 pm  Jul 22nd, 2008
  20. Maria

    Love the looks of this one! I love the crunch of Jicama and grilled corn is so good right now!

    3:19 pm  Jul 22nd, 2008
  21. Kevin

    With mango and grilled corn this sounds really good. I will have to look for some jicama.

    4:46 pm  Jul 22nd, 2008
  22. leslie

    Love all the flavor combos

    4:09 pm  Jul 24th, 2008
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  24. Elizabeth

    I love the contrast of sweet soft mango and crunchy jicama. And grilled corn too! Well, that’s just decadent…

    11:08 pm  Aug 19th, 2008
  25. MangerLaVille

    I agree grilling the corn intensifies the flavor and gives it a nice smokiness. This salad sounds so refreshing, perfect for these hot summer days.

    11:12 pm  Aug 22nd, 2008
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  27. MPG

    OMG! That sounds sooo yummy & unique…mangoes and corn together wow!

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    this looks yummy! I will have to try it!

    11:11 am  Sep 8th, 2008
  29. Suemybee

    I so glad to find this cozy place!!, congratulations, your recipes are great!!. thanks Nicole for share a little bit of your life with the entire world!.
    Sincerely!

    12:41 pm  Sep 25th, 2008
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  31. Scott

    I just stumbled upon your blog while trying to figure out a menu for friends tomorrow. This sounds incredible and I am off to find some jicama now. I have a feeling I’ll be back. The “how to cut a mango” was worth the trip alone, but add to that the thrill of trying a new food:)

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