Christmas Fruit Salad
- 2 cups diced canned pineapple
- 2 cups diced apple, gala or fuji work good
- ¼ cup diced celery
- ¼ cup diced grapes
- ½ roughly chopped pecans or walnuts
- ¼ mayonnaise, vegenaise, cream or a combination of both pinch of sea salt
- In a big bowl mix the pineapple, the diced apple, the celery, nuts and mayonnaise.
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Let the salad sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
Could be prepared one day in advance.
Mexico is mostly a Catholic Country, and so December festivities are meant to revolve around the birth of Jesus. It’s true that this is the true meaning of Christmas, but there is a little bit more going on. At this day and age we have all traditions mixed up. We also decorate our homes with a big, well-lit Christmas tree. We also wait for Santa Claus on Christmas morning.
We start partying December the twelfth with the celebration of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Then December the sixteenth, we get together again, the posadas officially start. This means that for nine days in a row there will be candlelight processions and parties in some area of the city. And then comes Christmas Eve, a party before the big day.
This is a late night celebration. In my family, we had a late dinner, then it was present time, then some funny or quirky game time and then adult time. Yes, we also exchange presents that night. But that is not all—we get together as a family, dress up, and eat amazing food. Eating and drinking is a big thing for all Mexicans. We usually divide the menus between the family members attending the Christmas Eve party.
Normally, the host is the one in charge of the turkey, the central dish at the table. The attendees bring the side dishes or dessert. Each family unit brings a dish that they particularly like to have on Christmas. Since I was a little girl, I remember being amazed with the huge variety of food. On my mom’s side of the family they served one kind of turkey stuffing, but on my dad’s side, there was another totally different recipe. My dad’s mother always made a German type of cake for dessert. But my mom, that was born in the North part of Mexico, always served a very Mexican dessert.
There were a lot of dishes that came and went depending on which part of the family or which guest we had for dinner that night. But it is this simple salad that speaks, that screams Christmas to me. No matter what, this dish always had a place at our table.