Xec, a Jicama and Citrus Salad, It is a healthy, quick, and easy to prepare the dish, and is a classic side dish during the Day of the Dead. This citrus salad is also sold by street vendors and in local markets, when the fruit is in season.
You can use any powdered pepper, like cayenne pepper powder, to spice up the salad. I’ve seen people in Yucatan even add chopped habanero peppers to this salad. One teaspoon of ground pepper will not render a very spicy salad for the amount of fruit used in the recipe, adjust the spiciness to your own personal taste. I like to add a little bit more of the pepper to my serving.
If you don’t find fresh mandarins, you can use the ones sold packaged in their own juice in small containers.
Other additions to this salad include grapefruit pieces and chopped cucumber.