Ensalada De Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Salad)

A beautiful festive salad. Perfect salad to serve at holiday gatherings. Adapted from a recipe I found many years ago. I don’t add the coconut but the original recipe did. I use the canned fruits for ease when making this to take to a potlucks, however fresh fruits and beets can be used. Dressing can be made earlier in day also.

Preparation time

  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Servings 8


  • Dressing 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, wash dried & torn into small pieces
  • 1 (16 ounce) cans julienned beets, drained
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 (16 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1 (16 ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shaved fresh coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)


  1. Instructions: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, salt and cilantro.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Place lettuce into salad bowl, top with beets and fruit.
  4. Add dressing and toss lightly to mix.
  5. Top with peanuts, coconut and/or pomegranite seeds.

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