Mexican Christmas Eve Salad (Ensalada de Noche Buena) is a delicious combination of lettuce, beets, fruit, and peanuts in a light orange vinaigrette. Serve it during the holidays or anytime!
This salad is so fresh and delicious, it’s really perfect for all occasions. I’ve read a lot of recipes for Mexican Christmas Eve Salad, and each one contains different ingredients. The only constant seems to be the beets. And the rest is up to you!
Some of the versions I saw have pomegranate seeds, and I knew I wanted to include them. Some of my favorite festive salads contain pomegranate seeds, such as Pomegranate and Apple Kale Salad and Spinach and Persimmon Salad.
Other common ingredients I found are jicama and roasted peanuts. I decided to use both for crunch.
In addition, most of the salads contain seasonal fruit which varies by region. I’m talking bananas, plantains, oranges, apples, and pineapple, which is my choice for this version.
So what exactly is a Mexican Christmas Eve salad?
It’s whatever you want it to be! Take some Romaine lettuce and beets, add some of your favorite ingredients, and dress it with an orange-flavored vinaigrette. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
And I’ll let you in on a little secret: I bought most of the ingredients pre-cut to save time. I didn’t feel like cutting up a pineapple or jicama. Plus I even bought some pre-cooked baby beets. (Thanks, Trader Joe’s!)
I hope you enjoy this Mexican Christmas Eve Salad. Be sure to share your photos of your personal version with me on my Facebook page or on Instagram and tag me @veggiessavetheday #veggiessavetheday. I can’t wait to see your salads!
Mexican Christmas Eve Salad combines beets and colorful fruit in a light orange vinaigrette. Serve it during the holidays or anytime beets are in season.
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. orange juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups Romaine lettuce, cut in strips
- 2 small beets, cooked, cooled, and sliced
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1 cup jicama, cubed
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts
- Combine the salad ingredients in a small jar and shake well.
- Divide the lettuce and other salad ingredients between two bowls or salad plates.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salads and serve immediately.
You can roast the beets in the oven or steam them. Or take a short cut and purchase pre-cooked beets.
You may also like these other colorful salads:
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What are your favorite holiday recipes? Please let me know in the comments!