This recipe for Mexican Christmas salad is easy to prepare, authentic, delicious and a MUST in our Holiday menu.
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 used to make this salad every Christmas Eve; she always prepared a double batch because she knew we would ask for seconds.
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. That is why I use Autumn Glory apples. These apples are sweet, crunchy and firm, so they are perfect for any salad.
They are so good that even the next day the salad will taste amazing. In Mexico we have our big celebration on Christmas Eve, we have dinner, we exchange presents with the family and friends. We dance, we eat, we chat, and we have the best of times.
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 😊) and enjoy each others company without the rush of the night before.
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 Instagram with @piloncilloyvainilla and #brownsugarandvanilla. I love seeing your creations!
Mexican Christmas salad
- 2 celery stalks finely chopped
- 1 cup diced canned pineapple
- 3 Autumn Glory Apples diced
- 1/2 roughly chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or vegenaise
- pinch of sea salt
- 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.