Authentic Mexican Salad Recipes: Fresh Northern Mexico Salad

Authentic Mexican salad recipes are a bit of a rarity in a country famous for its beans, tortillas, and carne asada tacos. It’s not very often you hear about Mexican salads because the traditional Mexican cuisine is one that can seem tailor made for the carnivores: it’s chalk full of different types of meats wrapped up and devoured in a myriad of ways, and so a Mexican appetizer salad seems a little out of place.

But Mexican salad recipes do exist, and this one is often served as a first course, but it can also be served as an appetizer snack.  It’s a fresh, healthy, tasty little salad that’s super easy to whip up in 15 minutes.

Oddly enough, this Mexican salad is also known as “pico de gallo”.  It turns out “pico de gallo” is more than just a famous Mexican salsa (aka Salsa Mexicana/salsa bandera): it’s technically a preparation technique where you chop up a bunch of different ingredients and then mix them together, which you’ll notice is definitely the case when following this easy Mexican salad recipe:

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4):

jicama (one, medium size)
cucumber (one, large)
cilantro (7 branches)
limes (8)
chile piquin (dried chile pepper in a bottle; we recommend “Tajin” brand)
salt

Directions:

1. Peel the cucumber, the jicama, and chop the cilantro, then mix them together in a big salad bowl.  This authentic Mexican salad recipe is for a fresh, healthy salad that will taste rather refreshing and cool if you’re used to the more meaty, heavier authentic Mexican recipes I usually share!

2. Squeeze the lemon juice of 8 lemons over this bowl.  The lemon juice gives this salad a bit of citrus punch, which is definitely characteristic of a more Oaxaca approach to fresh Mexican salad!

3. Sprinkle with chile piquin (as much as you prefer), salt to taste, and then mix the all of these salad ingredients together well.

4. Serve in individual bowls.

5. Garnish each with a cilantro branch.  A Mexican salad is a rare thing indeed for most people, so you’re going to want to present this dish in a positive light so that what may very well be their first experience of a latin salad is a positive one!

And there you have it!  You’ve just made one of the easiest authentic Mexican salad recipes for your guests!  I still find it a little weird writing about Mexican salads, but if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that there is a lot of diversity in authentic Mexican recipes: this great cuisine is very diverse!  I’m looking forward to sharing more healthy authentic Mexican food recipes in the future on here, especially a few for fruit-based Mexican salads, as whenever I see them served in restaurants down here, the patrons can’t stop talking about how delicious they are!  So if you’re interested in picking up a few more authentic Mexican salad recipes, probably a few from the southern part of this country that involve mangoes and other fruit, stay tuned!  And provecho!–I know you will love this fresh northern Mexico salad!

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