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Sauteed Lotus Root and Jicama Salad

Jicama and Lotus Root unite over spices in this exotic, flavor-packed, sauteed salad – which can be enjoyed all year long.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Tastemakers, Blue Diamond Almonds supplied me with their Natural Almonds and their Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds. As always, all opinions are my own.


“Old habits die hard”…
But sometimes – that can be a good thing!

When my daughter was a lot younger and an extremely picky eater, we would play this little game where once a week or so, I would have her pick a fruit or vegetable she hadn’t ever tried before from the grocery store.

Lotus root and jicama sauteed salad

At first, it was stuff like apricots and green bell peppers; but as she got older, she moved onto more exotic stuff like jicama and rambutan.

Sometimes, we would cook whatever we picked and sometimes we would just eat it straight up.

Sometimes, she loved what she picked and sometimes she didn’t – but most times, her little picky self would rather have had a plate of noodles and bananas as she was big into foods that were white and had no color in them.

But, in the last few years this game seemed to have been forgotten – till about 2 weekends ago.

We were at Super H Mart which is chock full of exotic fruits and veggies and a whole slew of items I have a hard time deciphering -(because apparently my second-language-interpreting skills are worse than my math skills)- when we happened on this funky shaped, weirdly jointed “lotus root”…


Realizing I had no clue what it was, my daughter shot me a look (I know this look well, it is the “time-you-try-your-own-medicine-look) and said it was about time I tried cooking something I had never cooked or eaten before!

But – fortunately – I love a challenge!


From what I learned on the inter-webs, I figured I would pair the crunchy lotus root with similarly crunchy jicama, and caramelized onions and turmeric and lemon and seeing we were keeping things crunchy, I would top it all off with some of the Rosemary and Black Pepper Almonds sent to me by Blue Diamond Almond Tastemakers.

Lotusroot and jicama salad with Blue Diamond Almonds

Lotus root discolors quickly, so I submerged the cut slices in a bowl of cold water with a splash of vinegar. The cooked lotus root tasted a lot like water chestnuts, retaining their crunchy texture even after almost 15 minutes of cooking. As of today, we have had this sauteed salad a total of 3 times, and each time we licked our plates clean!

As always, this recipe was tasted and approved for publication by my picky teen daughter!

Lotus root and jicama sauteed salad with almonds
Sauteed Lotus Root and Jicama Salad

Sauteed Lotus Root and Jicama Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Jicama and Lotus Root unite over spices in this exotic, flavor-packed, sauteed salad - which can be enjoyed all year long.


  • 1 lotus root, sliced and placed in a bowl of water with splash of vinegar
  • 1 jicama cubed
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped fresh/or dried
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Olive oil
  • Blue Diamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds


  1. Saute onions, garlic and ginger in olive oil, over low heat till onions caramelize (approx. 15-20 minutes)
  2. Add the sliced lotus root and jicama, paprika, turmeric, cumin, lemon juice, water and salt and pepper and mix well
  3. Sprinkle on parsley
  4. Let cook -partially covered- for 10-15 minutes on a low flame/low heat.
  5. Enjoy on a bed of greens - topped with Almonds.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 107Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 128mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 1g

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Monday 28th of July 2014

I'm new to Jicama. How does it taste like? Great picture, I'm pinning them!


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Thanks so very much Daniela!


Sunday 27th of July 2014

Shashi, you did a fantastic job for your first time cooking with lotus root! This looks amazing and and absolutely something my family would love. We have lotus root all the time but only in soup, I would love to try it sauteed with all these flavors and paired with jicama. What a creative and awesome recipe - pinning :)


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Thanks so much Kelly! In soup you say? Now I am intrigued!


Sunday 27th of July 2014

I love the crunch of jicama, but I've never tried lotus root. It looks so funky! Can't wait to hunt some down and try it. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :)


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Thanks so much Christin - lotus loot has the same crunch as jicama - some people said it was "stringy" but am not sure if that was because of level of ripeness or because of how it was cooked but I didn't experience any stringy-ness.


Sunday 27th of July 2014

So I learned something new today and I love it. Never have eaten or prepared lotus roots or jicama before but the salad with these veggies looks amazing and so I will give them a try.


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Awww - thanks so much Daniela! I so would love to know what you think when you do - I haven't seen jicama or lotus root in a big name grocery store - only in some smaller South Asian ones.


Sunday 27th of July 2014

I've never had jicama before but we are currently living in China and lotus root seems to be a staple...we all love it in our family!


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Jicama is just as crunchy - but seems to be slightly sweeter and more dense.

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