I've tucked a light and refreshing crab and cantaloupe salad into a quick pickled jicama slice and called it a taco. —Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: Sippity Sup (Greg Henry) is a cookbook author and podcast host who lives in Los Angeles.
WHAT: A briny, summery play on the taco—with pickled jicama instead of tortillas.
HOW: Pickle jicama slices in a turmeric brine, then make a salad of crab and cantaloupe, which play surprisingly well together—especially when doused with fresh lime juice.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Crispy jicama pickles take the place of standard tortillas (we found that a brine time of 3 hours was just right). Fill 'em with a sweet, tender crab and cantaloupe salad and you've got a light summer dinner perfect for a hot night. —maryGpastorek
jicama (at least 4" in diameter)
apple cider vinegar
lump crab meat
tiny diced cantaloupe
thinly sliced green onion
thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
pico de gallo powder (plus more for sprinkling)
Make the jicama “tortillas”: Halve the jicama and make 16 very thin center cut slices (about 5 mm thick). A mandoline is very helpful for getting thin, uniform slices. Use a 3 1/2″ round cutter to cut each of the slices into uniformly sized rounds. Place the rounds in a shallow, heatproof bowl. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, stir the apple cider vinegar, water, salt, sugar, and turmeric until the salt and sugar dissolve. Place the pan over high heat and bring the brine to a boil.
Pour the brine over the jicama slices, making sure some liquid gets between all the slices. Set aside to come to room temperature.
Make the crab salad: Place the crab meat, diced melon, rice vinegar, thinly sliced green onion, thinly sliced mint, and 1/2 teaspoon pico de gallo powder in a medium bowl. Gently fold the mixture together until well incorporated, taking care to keep the lump crab meat from breaking up too much.
Make the tacos: Drain the pickled jicama slices and gently pat them dry with paper towels. Lay the slices onto a serving platter and divide the crab salad equally between each of the slices. Garnish the tacos with a sprinkle of pico de gallo powder and a mint leaf. Serve with lime wedges on the side.