Christmas salads from Mexico: 5 traditional recipes

It is wonderfully curious to see how an event like Christmas has fused the gastronomy of different regions of the world into a set of dishes called christmas recipes, and it is that each country has adopted recipes that are supposed to be its own because they are regionalized and are part of the traditions. Are five traditional Christmas salads in Mexico they are an example.

Here you will find the recipes for the five most traditional Christmas salads in Mexico. What may surprise you the most is that these recipes, considered Mexican, are in fact inspired by recipes from countries such as Russia and Brazil, but they are definitely Mexican when it comes to celebrating Christmas with a banquet.

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1. Russian salad for Christmas

Russian salad is known in its native Russia as Olivier salad and can be made with any type of finely ground meat, including beef or even caviar. In Mexico, it is very common to prepare it with chicken, ham or shrimp. The Russian salad you will find right away has ham, and it is perfect to accompany turkey or loin at Christmas.

Ingredients for making a Russian salad for Christmas

  • 600 grams of ham cut into cubes
  • 2 liters of water
  • 700 grams of potato (this can be the variety you prefer)
  • 2 cups carrot
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup onion (white or purple)
  • 100 grams of corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic or a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons mustard, optional
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Method of preparation

  • Step 1: After previously cooking and shredding the chicken, bring the water to a boil, meanwhile cut the vegetables into cubes to taste and once the water begins to boil add the first teaspoon of salt and the chopped potato .
  • 2nd step: When the boil has returned after adding the potato, add the chopped carrot.
  • Step 3: 3 minutes before turning off the heat, add the peas.
  • Step 4: Once the vegetables are tender, they are removed from the water and left to cool.
  • Step 5: When the vegetables are at room temperature, add the chicken, the chopped onion and celery, the corn and mix.
  • Step 6: Mix the mustard with the mayonnaise separately and when well mixed add it to the chicken with the vegetables and mix again.
  • Step 7: In a small bowl, combine salt and pepper and add to taste, stirring to evenly distribute.
  • Step 8: Finally, cilantro and parsley are chopped and added to the mixture.

Russian salad for Christmas

2. Apple Chocolate Christmas Salad

Christmas chocolate salad has different versions in different countries, in some, for example, chocolate salad is green and pistachio, but in Mexico it is a delicious combination of chocolates, condensed milk, fruits with syrup and cherries with walnuts, the result of which is pretty.

Ingredients for making a Christmas chocolate salad with apple

  • 3 apples, diced, cored
  • 480 grams of peaches in syrup, finely chopped
  • 480 grams of pineapple in syrup, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherries in syrup
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 387 milliliters of condensed milk
  • 500 grams of small chocolates
  • 900 milliliters of semi-cream

Method of preparation

  • Step 1: Mix the medium cream with the condensed milk and gradually add all the ingredients until well incorporated.
  • 2nd step: Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Chocolate apple salad

3. Brazilian Carrot Salad

The Brazilian salad, whose original name is salpic√£o, is originally a fusion of salty and sweet ingredients. In Mexico, only the sweet ingredients are kept and a creamy mixture typical of the delicious Christmas salads that are customary in the country is added, the result is a fresh and sweet salad of carrots and apples.

Ingredients for making Brazilian Carrot Salad

  • 1 kg carrot
  • 2 kilos of apple
  • 1 kg carrot
  • 480 grams of pineapple in syrup
  • 100 grams of raisins
  • 100 grams of walnuts
  • 2 liters of semi-cream
  • 360 milliliters of condensed milk

Method of preparation

  • Step 1: Mix cream and condensed milk.
  • 2nd step: Grate the carrot and finely chop all the fruit and add the nuts, these can be whole or coarsely chopped.
  • Step 3: If you want your salad to be more liquid, you can add the pineapple syrup.

Brazilian carrot salad

4. Christmas apple salad

The Christmas apple salad is the most typical to prepare during these festivities, almost everyone loves it, and this is undoubtedly thanks to the fact that the apple is a very fresh and crunchy fruit. The Mexican Christmas salad with apples is characterized by the mixture of apples with fruit in syrup and carrying a creamy and sweet sauce that bathes everything.

Ingredients for the Christmas apple salad

  • 1 kg peeled and seedless apple, cut into cubes
  • 400 grams of peaches in syrup, optional, cubed
  • 400 grams of pineapple in syrup, optional, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 250 grams of La Lechera condensed milk
  • 250 milliliters Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 liter of semi-cream

Method of preparation

  • Step 1: In a bowl of sufficient size, first mix all the liquids and add the chopped fruit, as well as the raisins and nuts.
  • 2nd step: To decorate you can reserve a few whole walnuts and arrange them on top for presentation.
  • Step 3: Serve chilled, enjoy!

Christmas Apple Salad

5. Christmas Beet Salad

Beet Christmas Salad is a traditional salad whose recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and is made up of very popular ingredients typical of the country, however, it is not so well known throughout Mexico. The most unexpected thing about this recipe is its main ingredient, beets, whose flavor is delicious when cooked.

Unlike its fresh version, the cooked version of the beet brings a unique touch of flavor when it comes into contact with the orange juice and the rest of the ingredients of this preparation, and if you have not tried it yet, we are sure you will have a pleasant surprise. The following is a simple version, but here at Cardamomo you can also find the version curated by Yuri from Gortari.

Ingredients for making Christmas beet salad

  • 6 medium beets, washed and cooked in the skin
  • 4 small jicama
  • 6 apples
  • 6 oranges cut into half moons
  • 300 grams of peanut
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 200 grams of snack (candied candies), optional

Method of preparation

  • Step 1: Once the beets have cooled, remove their skin and cut them into cubes.
  • 2nd step: Finely chop the jicamas and apples and mix with the beets and add the orange juice.
  • Step 3: Add the peanuts and let cool. Before serving, spread the sweet snack on top to color, enjoy!

Christmas beet salad

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