Layered Mexican Salad (Christmas Eve Salad)

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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.

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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.

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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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 100 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 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


  1. Peel and section oranges over a large bowl. Add sections to bowl and squeeze juice from remains of orange.
  2. Combine radishes and jicama with oranges. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together zest, through black pepper. Refrigerate.
  4. Place half of the romaine lettuce in bottom of a trifle bowl. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  5. Top with sliced beets.
  6. Top with jicama mixture.
  7. Top with remaining romaine.
  8. Pour dressing on top.
  9. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

 I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points

Nutrition Facts
Layered Mexican Christmas Eve Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Adapted from Cooking Light.

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  1. Love how light and clean this is...which is very needed before I indulge a wee bit too much on Christmas! ;)
  2. I love salads with a lot of texture so this one looks perfect! Definitely a good holiday dish!
  3. What a light delicious meal! I love pomegranate seeds.. how fresh and tasty!
  4. I love all the fresh ingredients and bright flavors in this salad!
  5. Such a pretty and delicious sounding salad. Will have to make this!
  6. I love Mexican flavors, but usually they're in such heavy dishes. I love this lighter options!
  7. What a gorgeous salad. I love winter salads like this. The colors are beautiful!
  8. Jenn @ peas and crayons says
    You had me at salad! Love how colorful and healthy this is!
  9. Look at all of the goodness in this salad!. It looks scrumptious. I will be making this.
  10. You are right - stunning salad! Flavours and textures and colours are just amazing! I too recipes with the Desire to always cook some things new .
  11. Christie, What a great combination of flavors! I supreme loads of oranges at work, so that technique comes easily to me--finally! I like how the colors play off of each other--very fresh and festive. Thanks!


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