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Mexican Christmas Eve Salad

Christmas Eve Salad - Some of the most common ingredients are beets, lettuce, orange slices, sweet lime, pomegranates, jicama, peanuts, sugar cane and apples, but every region has a different recipe based on what they have available, so you will find that some recipes call for ingredients...
Course Salads
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 141kcal


  • 6 large romaine lettuce leaves washed
  • 1 medium size beet cooked and sliced
  • ½ cup of beets cooking water
  • 1 ripe plantain but still firm diced
  • 1 cup of jicama peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1 large orange peeled and sectioned
  • cup roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Sugar to taste


  • If you are using fresh beets, do not peel them before cooking. Cook in a small amount of water until tender about 15-18 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size and how fresh the beets are. After cooking, reserve ½ cup of the cooking water. When beets are slightly cooled, remove the skin by gently peeling it using a paper towel. You will see that the skin comes off really easy.
  • For the first layer, arrange in a large plate 3 large romaine lettuce leaves. Thinly slice the other 3 leaves and reserve.
  • Arrange the sliced (or diced) beets, plantain, jicama, and apples. Top with orange wedges, finely sliced lettuce and roasted peanuts.
  • For the dressing mix the reserved ½ cup of the beet cooking water, orange juice with sugar to taste, mix an drizzle over salad. Serve immediately.


* You can use canned beets, if fresh beets are not available.
**Traditionally the salad used to be presented with the fruit sliced, but nowadays there are many preparations. You can either slice the fruits or dice them. Or as I did, make a mix of diced and sliced ingredients.
*** This is just a sample of the traditional salad using the basic ingredients, but the possibilities are endless using some of the other ingredients mentioned above. Use your creativity to enhance this salad.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2870IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg