Mexican Christmas Beet Salad

This Christmas salad is a mix of Mexican colors, flavors, and textures. It is a sweet salad that combines beets with five different fruits, peanuts, and candies. A fundamental dish of Mexican Christmas traditions.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
10 servings


  • 2 large beets

  • 1 large jicama, peeled and diced

  • 10 fresh tejocotes (Mexican hawthorns), seeded and quartered

  • 4 medium Guavas, common, raw

  • 2 large Oranges, raw

  • 3 medium Persian sweet limes, raw

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts

  • ½ pound colaciones (Mexican anise candies)


  1. Place beets in a pot, cover with lightly salted water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until beets are soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain and cool until easily handled. Peel and cube.

  2. Place beets in a large bowl and add jicama, tejocotes, guava, oranges, and sweet limes; mix well and sweeten with sugar. Pour in orange juice, mix again, and sprinkle with peanuts. Allow salad to sit for about 10 minutes so flavors can blend.

  3. Garnish with colaciones just before serving so they don't soften.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
8g Fat
53g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 147mg 734%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 724mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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