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...
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.