A Plum Salad with Jicama, Cucumber and Shiso leaves. Crunchy, refreshing and light, it’s deliciously cooling on and hot summer’s day! Vegan and GF.

This Plum Salad with Jicama and Cucumber is dressed with a flavorful Plum Shiso Shrub. Crunchy, refreshing and light it's deliciously cooling on and hot summer's day! Vegan and GF.

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This Plum Salad is fresh, crunchy, and has a lovely sweet tang balance thanks to the addition of Plum Shrub for the dressing!  I have been making shrubs for a few years now. Up until now, I have used the shrubs mainly in drinks. 

I got to thinking about what else could be enhanced by the fruity vinegar harmony.  I decided to try it as a salad dressing and the result is so good!  The flavors are bright with a little nod to Japanese cuisine. 

The jalapeño adds a nice kick that balances the fruity sweetness but is totally optional.  The fresh herbs make it all come alive.

This salad pairs well with fish, chicken, tofu, rice and lends a nice twist to Asian meals.

What you’ll need:

  • Plums, cucumbers and jicama. 
  • A Shrub: You can make this plum shrub, or sub-Rice vinegar and sugar.
  • Shiso leaves: or sub fresh basil
  • Ginger
  • Jalapeno 

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How to make Plum Salad

Start by cutting the jicama into matchsticks. You could also sub salad turnips, radishes or even kohlrabi! Anything crunchy!

plum salad ingredients- jicama being chopped

Slice the cucumber into half moons.

cucumber being chopped, plum salad recipe

Chop the ginger and herbs and slice the plums.

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Add everything to a bowl and except the plums and toss with the flavorful shrub ( or sub rice vinegar and sugar) , letting this marinate for a few minutes.

Then top the salad with the beautiful summer plums.

This Plum Salad with Jicama and Cucumber is dressed with a flavorful Plum Shiso Shrub. Crunchy, refreshing and light it's deliciously cooling on and hot summer's day! Vegan and GF.

Hope you enjoy this refreshing Plum Salad created by Tonia, featuring a homemade Shrub Dressing!

Have a delicious weekend.

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This Plum Salad with Jicama and Cucumber is dressed with a flavorful Plum Shiso Shrub. Crunchy, refreshing and light it's deliciously cooling on and hot summer's day! Vegan and GF.

Plum Shiso Salad with Cucumber and Jicama


Description

A light and refreshing Plum Salad with cucumber, jicama and a flavorful Plum Shrub dressing.  A fun way to use shrubs.  Delicious, vegan, and GF. (Dressing requires 24 hours on the counter.)


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups cucumber, sliced in half rounds
  • 1 cup jicama, cut in thin matchsticks (or sub salad turnips or kohlrabi)
  • 1/3 cup plum shiso shrub ( or see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh shiso, roughly chopped (or sub more basil)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon fresh jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 fresh plums, sliced

 


Instructions

Toss cucumber and jicama in a medium bowl with the plum shiso shrub, letting it marinate a little while you prepare the remaining ingredients. 

Add the chopped herbs, ginger, jalapeño and salt.   Give a gentle stir to combine. 

Place in a serving bowl and add fresh plums on top.

Refrigerate until serving. 


Notes

If you rather not make the shrub, substitute 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar and 3 tablespoons sugar. Add more of each to taste.

Pairs well with fish, chicken, tofu, rice and lends a nice twist to Asian meals.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 52
  • Sugar: 9.2 g
  • Sodium: 195.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: plum salad, plum shiso salad, shiso recipes, plum jicama salad

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Comments

  1. This was so delicious and refreshing. It was a bonus because we had the basil, mint, plums, cucumbers in yard. I could not find shiso. Any advice? Also, this made 2 servings for us, but it was our lunch. Also this recipe introduced us to making shrubs. We will definitely be making more of them. Chris and Tom

  2. Is there a sixth star?!!! I’ve made this recipe twice and it is OUTSTANDING! I made the plum shrub last year (we had a bumper crop of plums) and it kept very well. This salad is refreshing and DELICIOUS!!!

  3. so good! love the unique flavor of the shiso. totally worth making the shrub. what a fun way to use it. 👌

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