Crispy Spicy Jicama Slaw

This is an easy, pretty, and super-fresh side for the summer – especially when you’re grilling or having tacos, but rice and beans on the side just seem way too heavy.

I was making mexi-pizza* last night, and I wanted something a little more than the usual cabbage and onion on top. And rice and beans, and even calbacitas, just sounded too heavy. So I made a batch of jicama slaw and it hit the spot.  It is so fresh, with a little zing from the vinegar and a little heat from the jalapeno.

*Mexi-pizza – When you spread refrieds between two small flour tortillas and then bake them until brown and crunchy. Like a flat chimichanga. Mmmmm….

Jicama Slaw

2 Tbsp sugar (or agave sweetener, or honey, or…you get the idea)
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

½ small yellow or white onion, cut in ⅛” crescents
½ to 1 fresh jalapeno**, de-seeded and de-veined, sliced in ⅛” crescents
½ c. chopped cilantro
2 c. jicama, in 1” long matchsticks

Whisk together the sugar and vinegar until the sugar is dissolved. Then whisk in the oil.  Add the sliced veg, stir and eat. The amount of jalapeno is going to vary depending on the heat of the pepper (because we’ve all been surprised by that one that burns your lips off) and how hot your fam likes their food.

Try this – it’s fast and delicious, and oh so easy and fresh.

**Can you leave out the jalapeno? Of course – this will still be delicious.

Roasted Greenbeans with Hazelnut Shallot Dressing

This month’s MOM bounty was green beans. And romas. But we’ll save them for another post. I blanched and froze a ton of those beans, and they were still staring at me. And I started to wonder how they’d taste roasted.  The answer is “pretty good”.



I hope you enjoy this recipe. I liked it best room temperature, and it was really good the next day. You could really chop this and toss it with some quinoa or orzo and have a lovely salad, too.

The Mr. DeMille shot.
The Mr. DeMille shot.


Roasted Greenbeans with Hazelnut Shallot Vinaigrette
Serves 6
A new way to eat your green vegetables.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
132 calories
3 g
0 g
14 g
0 g
1 g
24 g
6 g
2 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
Calories from Fat 121
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 6mg
Total Carbohydrates 3g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the roasting part
  1. 1# fresh greenbeans, washed and trimmed
  2. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  3. S&P
For the dressing
  1. 1 Tbsp. minced shallots
  2. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  4. 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  5. 2 Tbsp. toasted hazelnut oil
  6. 2 Tbsp. canola oil (or, you could subsitute a good olive oil for these two. I just got a bottle of the nut oil for Christmas and want to use it up.)
For the final dish
  1. 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  2. 1/4 chopped toasted hazelnuts
  3. thinly sliced shallot rings for garnish
To roast the green beans
  1. Heat oven to 425*.
  2. Toss the beans in the olive oil.
  3. Spread even on two parchment-lined baking sheets.
  4. Sprinkle w/ S&P.
  5. Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Turn them, flip the tray positions and bake them about 5 more minutes.
For the dressing
  1. Whisk the sugar, vinegar and shallots until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Whisk in the mustard and S&P.
  3. While still whisking, drizzle in the oil until an emulsion is reached. You may not use all the oil.
To assemble
  1. Toss the still-warm beans with the vinagrette and half the parsley in a big bowl. Garnish with the rest of the parsley, the nuts and shallot rings.
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