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Ensalada de NocheBuena is a traditional Christmas Eve salad in Mexico

Ensalada de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)

An easy, colourful salad traditionally served as part of Christmas Eve dinner in Mexico but delicious any time.
Course pomegranate, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306kcal
Author Michele Peterson
Cost $10


  • sharp knife
  • cutting board


  • 4 medium beets boiled, peeled and sliced
  • 2 whole oranges peeled and sliced
  • 1 large red apple Gala or Delicious, peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole pomegranate seeds only
  • 3 slices fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime
  • 1 cup jicama peeled and thinly sliced optional
  • 1/2 cup pepitoria pumpkin seeds toasted in a skillet
  • 1 cup lettuce romaine or meslun
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise Hellman's
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Prepare all the fruit (except apple if doing in advance) and chill separately
  • Prepare jicama (peel and slice) if available
  • Line a salad dish or plate with lettuce leaves
  • Fill the bowl wth prepared fruit or arrange the chilled fruit on a plate
  • Mix salad dressing in a glass jar, shake and drizzle over fruit
  • Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and toasted pepitoria
  • Squeeze the juice of a lime over top


  • If you can't find jicama, it's possible to substitute another crisp vegetable such as fennel 
  • If you have extra pomegranate seeds just store them covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. 
  • Unopened pomegranates stay fresh in the fridge for up to three weeks so stock up while they're in season!  
  • Extend this salad by using mixed greens as a base. Just double the dressing, toss the extra with baby kale or arugula salad and layer the beets, oranges and other fruit on top.  


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 40.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.4mg