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Mango-Jícama Chopped Salad

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“The succulent essence of mango was once used as a topical application to the genitals in Hindu erotica to stimulate desire,” Diane Brown writes in “The Seduction Cookbook.” “Match that reputation with the nutty crunch of jícama, which like all roots is rumored to restore virility. Top all that lascivious action with the potent pumpkin seed, and you’ll be climbing the walls.”

Mango-Jícama Chopped Salad

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup peeled, chopped jícama
1/2 fresh mango, pitted, peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 small seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups romaine lettuce, cleaned and torn into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons toasted and salted pumpkin seeds


With a wire whisk, combine lime juice, honey and vinegar. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss together jícama, mango, cucumber and romaine lettuce with dressing. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of salad. Serve.

Makes 2 servings.

From “The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations for Lovers” by Diane Brown

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