Fresh Coconut Jicama Slaw with Spicy Lemongrass Dressing

Coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that can be helpful in preventing cancers and may have positive effects on on immunity.

Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
70 min


  • 1 fresh coconut (NOTE: Choose a coconut that sounds like it has a lot of liquid sloshing around in it when shaken. Alternatively, you can use 1 cup dried unsweetened flaked coconut; TRY: Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Flaked Coconut)
  • 4 cups peeled and matchstick-cut jicama
  • 1 cup peeled and grated carrot
  • 1 cup peeled, pitted and thinly sliced mango
  • 2/3 cup loosely packed chopped fresh mint leaves


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp seeded and minced hot red pepper (such as hot cherry pepper)
  • 2 tbsp minced lemongrass (NOTE: Remove tough outer layers from stalks and mince the tender inner portion.)
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar


  1. Prepare coconut: Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a hammer and a Phillips-head screwdriver to poke through the 3 “eyes” of the coconut, starting with the one that feels softest. (NOTE: The 3 “eyes” are dimples on one end of the coconut; one tends to be softer than the other two.) Drain liquid into a bowl or measuring cup. Place drained coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Wrap in a clean towel and bang a few times against a hard surface or whack with a hammer to break the shell. Remove meat from the hard shell and if desired, peel the thin brown skin with a vegetable peeler. Grate the large chunks of coconut with the shredding attachment of a food processor, a box grater or carefully slice with a knife to yield 1 cup (reserve remaining coconut for another use).
  3. In a large bowl, combine coconut, jicama, carrot, mango and mint and toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over jicama mixture and toss to coat evenly. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes. Serve chilled.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 heaping cup
  • Calories 121
  • Carbohydrate Content 19 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 7 g
  • Protein Content 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 140 mg
  • Sugar Content 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g