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Mexican Christmas Apple Salad - You can either serve it on small plates over small lettuce leaves or in small glass cups. It has gone through many changes since then; it used to be made with a homemade mayonnaise and served with lettuce leaves, but nowadays it looks more like a dessert...
Course Desserts
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 ½ CUPS
Calories 353kcal


  • ½ lime juice or 2 tsps. of lime juice
  • 1 Pound red apples About 2 large apples
  • cup celery finely chopped
  • cups raisins
  • ½ cup Mexican cream or sour cream
  • cups pecans chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 8 Cherries for garnish
  • 6 Curly parsley sprigs for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • In a large bowl, pour 1 cup of water and the lime juice and stir.
  • Dice the apples. As you’re dicing the apples, place them in the bowl with the lime-water to keep them from becoming brown. Once you finish dicing the apples, make sure to toss them well with the lime-water and then drain the water.
  • Place diced apples chopped celery, raisins, and pecans in a large bowl and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cream with the mayonnaise. (If you want to add the diced pineapple, shredded coconut, and small marshmallows, do so in this step.) Pour over the chopped fruit and stir, season with salt and pepper*.
  • You can either serve it on small plates over small lettuce leaves or in small glass cups, garnished with cherries and the curly parsley sprigs.


This is my personal version, trying to stay close to the earlier recipes for this salad, but if you want you can add diced pineapple, more cherries, shredded coconut, and marshmallows. If you add these last fruits, skip seasoning with pepper. I like to peel the apples, but it should have the skins on. It gives a nice color to the salad. If you love sweet salads, you will enjoy this one too.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.2mg