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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Salad Sunday- Jicama and Bell Pepper Salad

Jicama and Bell Pepper Salad

One of the things I've enjoyed about doing the salads each week is coming up with different dressing with ingredients I have at home. I think it is much healthier than store bought dressing and gives me a chance to be creative. The original recpie called for strawberries in the dressing. I did not have any on hand so I used the orange extract and fennel.  Some grated lemon peel would be great as well. I think the fennel and orange pair well with the mint in the salad.   I tried to keep the seeds as whole as possible with just the short burst in the blender. That way you get a little burst of licorcie when you eat one with the salad. You can leave out the fennel or reduce the amount a bit if you like.  

1 ½ cups thinly sliced jicama
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
½ cup mint leaves, shredded
2 small or 1 large red bell pepper
2 small or 1 large yellow bell pepper
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon fennel seeds

Slice the peppers into very thin strips, toss together with the jicama, onion and mint leaves.
Prepare dressing by placing all the dressing ingredients in a blender and pulse for a few seconds. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat with the dressing.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Author competing for Team USA PATCO 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 152 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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