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Ensalada de Noche Buena
(Christmas Eve Salad)



  • 2 medium oranges, pared and sectioned
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 (8 1/4 ounce) can sliced beets, drained(reserve liquid)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, drained (reserve juice)
  • 1/2 jicama, pared and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds or sliced radishes
  • 1 tablespoon aniseed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Place oranges, bananas, beets, pineapple and jicama in bowl.
  2. Mix reserved beet liquid, pineapple juice, the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons sugar and the salt; pour over fruit. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain.
  3. Arrange fruit on shredded lettuce. Garnish with lime, peanuts and pomegranate seeds.
  4. Mix aniseed and the 1 tablespoon sugar; sprinkle over salad.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

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