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The “Xec”: A very Yucatecan traditional salad

by Sofia Navarro
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This traditional citrus salad with jicama from Yucatán is widely known. It comes from the Maya word “Xe’ec,” which means: “shuffled.” It is a healthy, delicious, quick, and easy dish to prepare, and very traditional for the Day of the Dead.

This citrus salad can have many things since seasonal fruit can be added. That means you can add whatever you like to its original elements.

For example, in Yucatan, jicama is in season from November to January. In February, there are mangos. Later, as the heat arrives, you can find pitahayas (dragonfruit), pineapples, and many other fruits or vegetables like cucumber, which can be added to your citrus salad. For this one, you can use all kinds of chilies. From chili powder to chopped habanero if you want an adventure.

– Jicama
– Sweet orange
– Grapefruit
– Mandarin (or tangerine)
– Sour orange
– Chili powder
– Salt
– Pepper


  • Cucumber
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Pitahaya
  • Or any fruit of your choice

Remove all of the jicama skins and then cut them into small pieces. Place in a large bowl and squeeze lime juice over it to prevent browning and add flavor. Set aside.

Peel the oranges and cut them into small slices. Next, also peel into small slices the mandarins and the grapefruits. Remove all the seeds and place everything in the bowl with the rest of the fruit. If you feel like adding any other fruit, such as mango, pitahaya, cucumber, or whatever you like, go ahead! We assure you that you will love the flavor.

Mix the juice of the oranges, grapefruit, the juice of one sour orange, and the rest of the lime juice. Add the ground chile, cilantro (optional), salt to taste, and a dash of black pepper to the bowl. Mix well and pour over the fruit. Stir gently. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend, and a while later… ¡Buen provecho!

You can find all the ingredients in your nearest Super Akí. Every Tuesday is “Martes de Frescos en Súper Akí,” with amazing discounts on fresh products such as fruits, vegetables, meats, deli, and bakery. Every Tuesday at Super Akí, you will live the experience as if you were going to buy at the “mercado,” always finding the best prices and freshness in our products.

You can also get your groceries ordering on their website!

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