Mexican Christmas Eve Salad is a traditional salad served in Mexico during the holidays.
In Mexico, Noche Buena refers to Christmas Eve. I love visiting Mexico during the holidays. From poinsettia plants filling the markets to the traditional foods served. It is a wonderful time to visit. On Christmas Eve, families gather for a late Christmas dinner. My husband’s family would start to come over to the host’s house around 10. Eating on Christmas Eve usually started around Midnight. On my first visit to Mexico City, I was so surprised that we ate so late for Christmas. My family always eats around 3 pm on the holidays, so Midnight was a little different for me. I love experiencing new cultures and family traditions, especially those around the holidays. One of the traditional recipes served is a light and healthy Mexican Christmas Eve Salad.
This Mexican Christmas Eve Salad has a colorful mix of beets, oranges, apples, jicama, peanuts and pomegranate arils. It is so festive and so gorgeous. I like to use a large serving platter to assemble that salad. First the romaine lettuce is placed on the platter. The fruits are then carefully arranged on top of the salad.
I have seen different dressings for this salad. Some dressings have a crema or yogurt base and some use the beet cooking liquid in the dressing. In this recipe, I made a light lime and olive oil vinaigrette to dress the salad. I like to keep the dressing light and bursting with bright citrus flavor.
You could assemble the salad a few hours before serving, but just leave off the dressing until ready to eat.
I think that you’ll find this Mexican Christmas Salad to be:
Light & healthy
Bright & Citrusy
Festive & Colorful
Perfect for the holidays
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