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A delicious and beautiful layered Mexican salad to celebrate Christmas with the fresh winter fruit and vegetables.
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Many moons ago I stumbled over a recipe for Ensalada de Noche Buena, a Layered Mexican Salad. The salad is typically eaten on Christmas Eve and is composed of fruit and vegetables with colors of the Mexican flag, red, green and white. That particular recipe was for a composed salad, but I started making it as a layered salad. It is stunningly beautiful that way with layers of red, green and white. I like to throw in some orange too. Making it into a layered Mexican salad shows off each color and makes it a centerpiece of a Christmas celebration.
As tends to happen, I forgot about the recipe. With my cookbook and food magazine mania, I am always trying something new which leads me to forget about the old recipes. This layered Mexican salad is too good not to resurrect. The colors are celebratory, and the fruit is seasonal. We tend to eat so many heavy foods during Christmas, it is nice to have a lighter, fresher dish. Don’t worry; it is still flavor packed.
Layered Mexican Salad has a little something for everyone. Pickled beets add a sour note. Radishes add a little heat. Jicama provides crunch. Oranges give the salad a little sweetness. We have the crunch from pumpkin seeds, freshness from cilantro and pomegranate seeds add tartness. Even the dressing has a hint of sour from the lime, and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener provides the sweetness. I like to use SPLENDA® Naturals as it has no calories, and as the name suggests is natural. There are no preservatives, added flavor or color and is made with non-GMO ingredients. They are making this new product with Reb D stevia which has no bitter aftertaste. It is an easy swap for me to reduce those calories and stave off the holiday weight gain. Head on over to SPLENDA’s website for more recipe ideas.
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Layered Mexican Christmas Eve Salad
Layered Mexican Christmas Eve Salad
- 4 large navel oranges
- 3 cups cubed peeled jicama
- ¾ cup slivered radishes
- 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 cup sliced pickled beets
- 1 ½ tsp . grated lime zest
- 3 tbsp . fresh lime juice
- 3 tbsp . plain-fat free yogurt
- 2 tbsp . light mayonnaise
- 1 packet SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia
- ¼ tsp . kosher salt
- ¼ tsp . fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 3 tbsp . unsalted pumpkin seeds toasted
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Peel and section oranges over a large bowl. Add sections to bowl and squeeze juice from remains of orange.
Combine radishes and jicama with oranges. Chill for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together zest, through black pepper. Refrigerate.
Place half of the romaine lettuce in bottom of a trifle bowl. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
Top with sliced beets.
Top with jicama mixture.
Top with remaining romaine.
Pour dressing on top.
Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and cilantro.
I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points
Adapted from Cooking Light.
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