1 pound jicama
½ pound of watermelon sliced into ½ inch straws
1 medium lime
2 medium oranges
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
Preparation:Peel the jicama and cut into sticks about 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick; place in a large bowl.
Finely grate the zest of the lime and add to the bowl of jicama. Cut the lime in half and squeeze one lime half over the jicama; set the second half aside. Finely zest one of the oranges (you should have about 1 tablespoon) and add to the bowl of jicama. Slice 1/4 inch off the top and bottom of the zested orange and set it flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp paring knife, follow the curve of the orange and slice off any remaining peel and white pith.
Over the bowl of jicama, slice between the membranes to release the segments or what’s called supremes. Discard the membrane and peels. Repeat with segmenting the second orange (you do not need to zest this orange). Add the watermelon, bell pepper and cilantro and stir to combine. Important: Add the jalapeño to taste last and season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and more lime juice as needed. Serve chilled with a cold cerveza. Enjoy, J.W