Mexican Christmas salad

This recipe for Mexican Christmas salad is easy to prepare, authentic, delicious, and a MUST in our Holiday menu.

mexican christmas salad with apples on the back

I know we are still one month and a half away from Christmas Eve, but with apples being at its season peek, I had to prepare this Mexican Christmas salad. It is so good; it is crunchy, tangy, nutty, yum! Really the best. My grandmother made this salad every Christmas Eve; she always prepared a double batch because she knew we would ask for seconds.

bowl of apples

Ingredients For Mexican Christmas apple salad

The ingredients for this Mexican Christmas salad are really simple and easy to find. And,  there is no unique or difficult cooking technique to prepare it. The only secret is that you have to find the best apples around. The crunchier and sweeter the better. Here is the list:

To make this apple salad you just have to mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

apples and other ingredients to make christmas salad

In Mexico we have our big celebration on Christmas Eve, we have dinner, we exchange presents with family and friends. We dance, we eat, we chat, and we have the best of times. We usually start around 8:00, and it turns into a party that ends late into the night.

ingredients in a bowl for vegan mexican christmas salad

On Christmas day, after opening Santa Claus presents, we usually return to the house where dinner was held, and we go for the “recalentado.” This means that we eat the leftovers from the day before.

For me, as a kid, this day was always the best day of the celebration. We got to play with our new toys; we got to eat great food (yes, leftovers were still fantastic, even this apple salad) and enjoy each other’s company without the rush or stress of the night before.

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So here is the recipe for this Mexican Christmas salad and I hope you start enjoying it now. You don’t have to wait until Christmas to eat it. Enjoy it now as a side dish for a sandwich, or on top of a quinoa bowl, either way, it is delicious.

If you make it, don’t forget to take a picture of it and post it on FB or Instagram with @piloncilloyvainilla and #brownsugarandvanilla. I love seeing your creations! Save it on Pinterest if you are going to make this later and please rate it with 5 stars.

Mexican Christmas salad
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Mexican Christmas salad

This recipe for Mexican Christmas salad is very easy to prepare, it is a vegan recipe and it is very delicious.
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15 mins
6 people
Calories: 86kcal


  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 1 cup diced canned pineapple, strained
  • 3 Apples cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or vegenaise
  • pinch of sea salt

To serve

  • finely chopped parsley


  • In a bowl mix carefully all the ingredients but the parsley. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Transfer the salad to a platter and finish with the chopped parsley.


In a bowl mix carefully all the ingredients but the parsley. Tase for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Transfer the salad to a platter and finish with the chopped parsley.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Mexican christmas salad
Author: Piloncillo&Vainilla

This post has been sponsored by Autumn Glory Apple by Superfresh Growers – all opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that support my work.

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