tomato-jicama stacks with avocado-lime cream

by Amy on 16 August 2011

remember when i told you about the tomato art fest that took place this past weekend? while it was amazing, sadly, i did not win the tomato recipe contest. however, i’m confident that i won two things:

1. prettiest tomato recipe
2. coolest tomato-ish dress.
actually, make that three things, because i believe i also won
3. weirdest platter. yes, the platter is adorned with fish bones. i don’t know why, but i love it!

the contest rules required that the recipe be a salad + tomatoes be ‘the star’ of the dish. i decided on tomato + jicama stacks with mixed greens tossed with an avocado-lime cream. i used three types of tomatoes – red bradley tomatoes, yellow pineapple tomatoes + purple cherokee tomatoes, which each have subtle flavor differences. the sweet brightness of the tomatoes combines wonderfully with the crunch of the jicama, the pepperiness of the greens, + the zesty, buttery avocado-lime cream.

even though i didn’t win, i thought it was a delicious + beautifully colorful dish. + get ready, because next year i *will* be winning that tomato recipe contest!

tomato + jicama stacks with mixed greens + avocado-lime cream

makes 6-8 servings, a fearless homemaker original recipe!


2 avocados. peeled + pitted
the juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 jicama peeled + cut into 1/2” matchsticks
6-8 tomatoes, in assorted varieties + colors
2 cups mixed greens


combine avocado, sour cream, lime juice + salt in a food processor. process until smooth + set aside.

roughly chop the mixed greens, then toss with just enough avocado-lime cream to lightly coat.

arrange stacks: start with 8-10 jicama sticks in a single layer. top jicama with one tomato slice, then 1/8 of the greens, then add one more tomato slice. repeat until all stacks are made. top with a tiny pinch of salt, freshly cracked black pepper to taste, + a drizzle of avocado-lime cream.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 danielle August 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love this – Im a huge fan of jicama but don’t use it nearly enough. I wanted to make to the festival this year but we got stuck doing yard work instead : (

2 amy August 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

thank you! i have one jicama left + am trying to find new + exciting ways to use it. sorry you didn’t make it to the fest, but i’m sure your yard looks lovely! =)

3 Ally Garner August 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Oh my goodness that does look pretty! It almost reminds me of caprese. But the flavor profile of jicama with tomatoes, sour cream & avocado sounds delish. And that avocado-lime cream will be used immediately in my house. How good would that taste in fish tacos? As a salad dressing? Dip for crab cakes? On a slider? With tequila-lime chicken? Mmmm the possibilities….

With all due respect, the Tomato Art Fest is carazay. This is a winner, doll!

4 amy August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

you had me at tequila-lime chicken (one of my favorite dishes). + the other options you suggested for using it tell me that you need to start an entirely food blog, ASAP. seriously, you have an amazing grasp of flavor combinations!

5 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} August 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Yum! These look so pretty! I am definitely going to be making some avocado-lime cream!

6 amy August 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

the avocado-lime cream is delicious! definitely my favorite part of the dish.

7 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) August 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

This looks SO GOOD…love jicama! I think these would be great for these hot summer nights we’re having in Texas. BTW…I’m hosting a recipe contest on my blog, and I really hope you’ll enter. Details on my blog…or you can e-mail me for specifics!

8 amy August 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

thanks, wendy! i will definitely look up the recipe contest details on your blog. i need to win that contest to make up for my loss at the tomato fest! =)

9 Marina August 17, 2011 at 3:55 am

Girl, you’re killing me! It’s fantastic!

10 amy August 17, 2011 at 6:02 am

aww, thank you! =)

11 Lesley August 17, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hee, I love that it’s vegetarian and does not have the “truffle of the south. ” :)

I must have this avocado-lime cream. Yum.

12 amy August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

it’s a lesley-suitable vegetarian dish, free of bacon, the truffle of the south! the avocado-lime cream is just delicious. mmmm.

13 Heather August 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

they look both beautiful & delicious to me!!

14 amy August 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

thanks so much, heather! you’ll have to participate in the contest next year — it was a ton of fun!

15 blackbookkitchendiaries August 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

how pretty ! they look so yummy as well. thank you for sharing this.

16 amy August 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

aren’t the bright, vibrant colors just lovely? thanks for stopping by! =)

17 ErinsFoodFiles August 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Beautiful! I wish all my bloggy buddies could have won!

18 amy August 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

i wish we could have, too! i will say, we had a lot of fun connecting + chatting because of the contest, so it really did bring us together. cheesy, but true!

19 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

GORGEOUS! Headed to the farmer’s market this weekend for fresh tomatoes…our gardens here in the midwest have suffered this summer so I haven’t been able to get them from my dad as I usually do. I’ll be anxious to give these a try!

20 amy August 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

it’s no fun when the weather affects the crops — we’re dealing with it here in tennessee, too. glad you can still get ‘matoes at the farmer’s market to give this + other new summery tomato recipes a try. =)

21 Blond Duck August 18, 2011 at 7:06 am

I love all these tomatoes!

22 amy August 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

isn’t tomato season the best? i’m eating ’em morning, noon, + night!

23 Simply Life August 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

Oh these are way too fun and would be perfect at a party!

24 amy August 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

thank you so much! =)

25 EA-The Spicy RD August 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

I was going to comment on your bacon fried rice post, because that sounds fabulous, but then when I saw this, I knew I had to comment. Tomato + Avocado Cream=Yum! Silly judges! you should have won for sure :-)

26 amy August 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

the avocado cream is my favorite part of the dish. mmm mmm delicious!

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