Mexican Dinner Menu: Mexican Christmas Eve Salad

December 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Mexican/Southwest, Salads | 42 Comments
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When researching salad recipes for my Mexican Christmas dinner, this colorful Christmas Eve Salad jumped out with festive enthusiasm in almost every search result.  Each recipe was a little different but the list of ingredients usually included lettuce, beets, oranges, bananas, jicima, pomegranate seeds, peanuts and even small hard candies.  A pinata in a bowl if you will. 

I really couldn’t find much of a history, or where this recipe originated,  just the reoccurring theme of beets and fruit, served in a glass bowl and is a traditional salad during the holidays in Mexico and in the Southwest. All in all, you couldn’t ask for a more eye-catching dish. With the glass bowl and layering of colorful ingredients,  it almost reminded me of an English trifle. It was promptly placed on my menu and all I had to do was pick through the array of ingredients and decide upon a creamy or vinaigrette dressing. Yes, there were as many versions of dressings as salad ingredients. I chose a creamy. Let’s take a look.

Mexican Christmas Eve Salad (my version):

  • 2 red beets, roasted peeled and sliced
  • 2 golden beets, roasted peeled and sliced
  • 1 small jicima, peeled and sliced
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • Seeds of one pomegranate
  • 1 handful chopped peanuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Layer all ingredients in a glass bowl lightly salting and peppering as you go.

I decided on a creamy dressing recipe that I found on one of my favorite blogs, Homesick Texan.

For the dressing:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream (Mexican brand if you can find it)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 canned chipotle chile, minced
Salt and black pepper to taste

The results:

  • A salad that you practically had to wear sunglasses to look at
  • A salad that was a little hard to dish up, I would chop next time instead of slice
  • A salad that was incredibly festive on my Mexican Feast table
  • The creamy dressing was absolutely delicious, especially using a Mexican style sour cream
  • A delightful concoction that has now found a place in my recipe database (minus the hard candies)

Mexican Christmas Eve Salad…It’s What’s for the Holidays.



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  1. Awesome looking salad and while I’d have to try and see, this is right in Bevs wheelhouse and she loved the photo.

  2. what a gorgeous and colorful dish – looks so crunchy and tasty…

    • Thanks Christo, it was just that, crunchy and tasty.

  3. That is such a gorgeous photo… Happy New year!

    • Thanks Dave and Happy New Year to you too.

  4. Great looking salad, so colorful! Love the description “pinata in a bowl!”

  5. This is so colorful and pretty and I would definitely eat it all year round 🙂 🙂

  6. Perfect, Lea Ann! Love the colors.

    Happy New Year to you, my dear friend!

    • Thanks so much Barbara.

  7. This is so pretty! We definitely didn’t have anything this festive looking at our Christmas table. I bet it tasted amazing!

    • Thanks Joanne, it was a very tasty salad.

  8. What a beautiful addition to an already special table.

  9. This salad would be a stunner on a buffet table. I love the vibrant colors and the combination of flavors and textures. What a nice contrast to heavier holiday dishes. Looks yummy, Lea Ann.

    Happy New Year!

    • Thanks Cathy! Plus, I think this salad would work with any kind of dressing. Even one’s favorite vinaigrette.

  10. I’m all about that salad, and that dressing in a jar stuff.

    • Just so you know, that dressing was stirred, not emulsified.

  11. You make the most incredible salads! I just love them. So colorful and packed with veggies that aren’t the same old salad ingredients.

    • I love salads Kristi, so always on the lookout.

  12. I love this colorful salad, a pinata in a bowl.perfect description..


  13. It’s gorgeous!

  14. I do admit that your salad is one cornucopia of variable colors. It is dressed to impress. Wow oh Wow!

  15. That really is a colorful salad, and the use of the Mexican sour cream is a plus when you have ingredients that make it special. I could eat a pound of beets!

    Bon appetit!

  16. Beautiful and yummy looking!

  17. What beautiful colors. This sounds so good. Happy New Year, Lea Ann!

    • Thanks Karen! Happy New Year to You too

  18. I have never seen a salad like that before, what a wonderful combination of flavors!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    • Thank you Dennis, Happy New Year

  19. That salad is gorgeous! So colorful and healthy looking and all served in that beautiful ruby dish (which you’ll need to hide if I come for a visit). I found a recipe for making Mexican crema out of regular sour cream and cream so even I can make that dressing. 🙂
    Your Mexican feast looks really fabulous!

    • That glass bowl is one of my favorites – and antique. You’ll have to share that dressing recipe and welcome back. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  20. This is festive! What a presentation this would make to the holiday table. The flavor, textures, the colors-oh my!

    Happy New Year!


    • Thanks so much for stopping by Velva.

  21. That is one gorgeously bright and beautiful salad. I love how festive it is.

    Have a very blessed and Happy New Year! 😉

    • Thanks so much Deb. It’s my New Year’s Resolution to make more soups and send them over to Paradise for Souper Sunday. 🙂

  22. What a stunning salad to bring a little bit of brightness into my life! I have been eating too many heavy foods and this is exactly what I need. Delicious!

    • Thanks Reeni. Unfortunately I’m still eating the heavy foods along with the salads.

  23. That is one lovely and colorful salad. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Here is wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and Joyous New Year!

    • Thanks Biren. You too.

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