Mango Jicama Slaw

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This mango jicama slaw with a spicy and sweet mango dressing is a copycat recipe for the Trader Joe’s slaw. It’s light, refreshing and makes a perfect summer side or topping for tacos or burgers.

Have you had the mango jicama slaw from Trader Joe’s? I’m obsessed! It’s the ultimate summer salad – it’s super fresh, light and flavorful. I love enjoying it as a summer side with a grilled protein or as a topping for tacos or burgers. It would also be delicious on my cilantro lime chicken burgers or on top of grilled fish or pulled pork… mmm!

The Trader Joe’s version is super tasty and affordable, but I don’t love that the dressing is made with white sugar and canola oil, so I decided to make the slaw at home with upgraded ingredients.

In place of the sugar and canola oil, I swapped in honey and olive oil. I also left out the thickeners and gums… don’t need those! Maria and I tested this recipe many times to get the dressing just right, and we literally did a happy dance in the kitchen when we finally nailed it! I feel like it’s a spot-on replica of the Trader Joe’s version. Love when we can crack the code!

Bowl of mango jicama slaw with a mango dressing. Cilantro, a half of a lime, fork, and jar of dressing are beside the slaw.

Prepping the Fresh Mango

Have you cut a fresh mango before? For some reason, they can be an intimidating fruit but they really shouldn’t be.

The one big thing you need to know is that there is a large, oblong pit in the middle and a tough flesh that needs to be cut away.

You can either peel off the flesh and then cut away the pit or pit the mango first and then scoop the flesh out of the skin. I usually peel the flesh with a vegetable peeler and then cut around the pit, but you can also pit the mango first and then scoop the flesh out of the skin. Here’s a video of how to cut a mango if you need a visual. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect – especially for this recipe because we’re blending most of it for the dressing.

Once you have the flesh, you need to slice the mango super thin for the salad. I used my mandoline slicer to julienne the mango, but you can also use a knife. Pleeeease promise me you’ll be super careful if you choose to use the mandoline! It can be a little tricky with the slippery mango and we don’t need any lost fingers in the making of this recipe.

What About the Jicama?

If jicama is new to you, I have a whole blog post dedicated to this crunchy and tasty vegetable. It’s basically jicama 101 and even includes 12 yummy recipes to try. My personal favorite way (other than this jicama slaw!) are these jicama fries. They’re so good!

Close up photo of a bowl of mango jicama slaw topped with a mango dressing, red pepper flakes, and cilantro.

Spicy and Sweet Mango Dressing

I’m so glad this mango dressing makes a little extra because I want to add it to everything! It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s refreshing… all the things! Simply add all of the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend away! Leftover dressing will keep for three days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients for a sweet and spicy mango dressing in a blender: garlic, mango, salt, honey, red pepper, and rice vinegar.

Mango Jicama Slaw Ingredients

  • green cabbage
  • jicama
  • mango – look for a slightly firm mango – you need mango for the slaw itself + some for the dressing. One large mango (any variety) should be enough for both parts of the recipe!
  • fresh cilantro
  • olive oil
  • rice vinegar
  • honey
  • lime juice
  • garlic
  • red pepper
  • sea salt

How to Make Jicama Slaw

Start by prepping the slaw ingredients. Add the shredded cabbage, crunchy jicamamangoes peeled and cut into matchsticks and cilantro to a salad bowl. Toss to combine.

Add the fresh mango, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, lime juice, garlic, red pepper, and sea salt into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. This will make about 3/4 cup of dressing – pour 1/2 cup over the slaw mixture and toss to combine. Add more dressing if needed!

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Mango Jicama Slaw

5 from 36 votes
This mango jicama slaw with a spicy and sweet mango dressing is a copycat recipe for the Trader Joe’s slaw. It’s light, refreshing and makes a perfect summer side or topping for tacos or burgers.
Jicama slaw in a bowl with lime halves, cilantro, dressing and a fork on the side.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned jicama
  • 1/2 cup ripe-firm mango, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Mango Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mango chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Prep slaw ingredients and place your cabbage, jicama, mango and cilantro in a salad bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Add all ingredients for the mango dressing into a blender and blend until smooth. The batch will make about 3/4 cup. Pour 1/2 cup over slaw mixture and toss to combine. Taste and add more dressing if needed.
  • Store any remaining dressing in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Leftover salad will also last 3 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup Calories: 147kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 1g Fat: 7g Sodium: 255mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 18g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mango jicama slaw

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    25 comments
    1. Shenier
      August 27, 2022 AT 4:01 pm

      5 stars
      I am obsessed with this!!!! I eat in morning, noon and as a late night snack wrapped in lavash with sharp cheddar cheese. I was vegan, but someone left me with cheese in the fridge lol. I don’t believe in wasting food. I swapped out organic agave for the honey since I didn’t have it. Otherwise, you are right, the dressing is to die for. I double the recipe for dressing because I put it with everything

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 29, 2022 AT 12:10 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Shenier. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Kim
      July 17, 2022 AT 9:30 am

      5 stars
      One of my new favorite summer salads! Delicious!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 18, 2022 AT 10:11 am

        Yay! I am so happy that you enjoyed this salad, Kim. Thank you for coming back and leaving your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    3. Lisa
      July 15, 2022 AT 11:42 pm

      5 stars
      Great side dish to add bright flavor and crisp texture when paired with savory dishes that might be heavier (such as a Mexican casserole). Thank you for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 18, 2022 AT 10:42 am

        Yay! I am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe, Lisa. Thank you for your star rating + review, I appreciate it!

    4. Judy
      June 30, 2022 AT 4:33 pm

      5 stars
      So good! I think it’s better than the Trader Joe salad. Thanks for saving me all the re-engineering!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2022 AT 12:26 pm

        Yay! Thank you for your comment and review, Judy. I appreciate it!

    5. Jenni
      April 23, 2022 AT 6:48 pm

      5 stars
      Had it as a side with bean burgers. So light and refreshing! It was a hit with my family-will make it again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 24, 2022 AT 10:16 am

        Yay! So glad this was a hit with your family, Jenni! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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