Jicama slaw is the perfect side salad or crunchy topping for tacos.

Three ingredients and a creamy dressing are all you need for this bright, slightly sweet slaw! It’s so easy to prepare the day before, letting all the tangy flavors blend!

Cilantro Jicama Slaw with cilantro in a glass bowl

What are Jicamas?

Jicama (he-kah-mah) is a root vegetable with a thick skin native to Mexico. Sometimes it is called a Mexican potato or a Mexican turnip.

Jicamas have a crunchy and starchy white flesh and taste mildly sweet. I always describe it as a potato that meets apple kind of texture. They can be eaten alone, raw or cooked (like baked jicama fries) and are a staple in Mexican food recipes.

They make great snacks for kids, too! Just wash, peel, and slice them!

Jicama cut into slivers for Cilantro Jicama Slaw

How to Make Jicama Slaw

Jicama slaw is as easy as 1, 2, 3! With just three ingredients tossed in a homemade creamy dressing, it is the perfect side.

  1. DRESSING: Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. For a spicy kick to the dressing, add a pinch of ground red chile pepper!
  2. SLAW: Julienne jicama and carrots and mix with slaw. Add other tasty add-ins like diced mango or grated apple for some extra flavor!
  3. COMBINE: Fold in the dressing into the slaw mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Chill in the refrigerator at least one hour before serving. Serve using a slotted spoon.

Cilantro Jicama Slaw in a glass bowl

What to Serve with Jicama Slaw

Aside from any and all things Mexican food-related, jicama slaw definitely is a side salad that can stand on its own!

How Long Does Jicama Slaw Last?

Jicama slaw will last about a week in the refrigerator but may get watery after a few days.

No worries, simply drain off the excess liquid, punch up the flavors with a little bit of lime juice, salt, and pepper and serve it up in another new way.

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Cilantro Jicama Slaw

Three ingredients and a creamy dressing are all you need for this bright, crunchy, slightly sweet slaw with a hint of cilantro!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 2 cups slaw
  • 2 cups jicama julienned
  • 1 cup carrots julienned


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lime
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  • Prepare and combine vegetables.
  • Stir in the dressing and let chill 1 hour before serving.
5 from 8 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 159 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3608IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
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