Ensalada Navideña (Christmas Fruit Salad)

This is the best Ensalada Navideña and it’s so easy peasy! It’s traditionally made with 3 milks and is not overly sweet. Don’t let the name fool you. You can enjoy this fruit salad year round!

Large clear bowl with Mexican fruit salad.
Ensalada Navideña is a refreshing Mexican fruit salad

Ensaladas dulces (sweet salads) are a perfect balance to meals with flavorful Mexican dishes like Pozole and tamales. It’s the perfect pairing!

Planning a get together? Ensalada Navideña always has a place at the table for family fiestas, potlucks, posadas, and work functions. It’s loaded with fruit and the creamy dressing is refreshing! Serve it with some Ponche Navideño and it will be a hit!

This fruit salad is a great dish to whip up if you’re short on time!  It’s ready faster than my classic Arroz Con Leche but it tastes best when you make it ahead of time to help blend the flavors and makes the marshmallows soften.

It’s one of those recipes that is always better the next day!

A cute little cup with fruit salad.
Ensalada Navideña con manzana y fruta

Ingredients for the dressing

The sweetness in this dressing comes from the condensed milk and the fruit syrup that comes in the fruit cocktail. The mixture is not overly sweet. It’s perfectly delicious!

For the dressing you’ll need:

  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 7.6 oz can media crema – if you can’t find Mexican crema, you can use plain or vanilla yogurt instead
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese block
  • Plus sweeten it with 1/2 cup fruit syrup from the fruit can
3 open cans with milks.

Ingredients for Ensalada Navideña

Ensalada Navideña is similar to “Ensalada De Manzana Navideña” but with more fruit. If you were to remove the strawberries and grapes, you would pretty much have the also popular Ensalada De Manzana (Apple Salad).

The beauty of this salad is that you can pick your favorite ingredients. For instance, my husband doesn’t like raisins so I include just a handful for me. Choose what you like!

For the salad you’ll need:

  • A large can fruit cocktail in syrup
  • 4 large red apples – pick your favorite apples. It really doesn’t matter
  • A container fresh strawberries
  • Grapes (green preferably)
  • Pecan cut in small pieces
  • Raisins
  • Shredded coconut (unsweetened or sweetened)
  • Mini marshmallows optional (as much as you want!)
Ingredients for mexican fruit salad on a blue counter.
This Mexican Fruit Salad only requires basic ingredients!

How to make Ensalada Navideña

  • BLEND: Add the condensed & evaporated milk, media crema & cream cheese in a blender or food processor.
  • MIX until blended and set aside.
  • TOAST: In a small skillet, toast the pecans on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Keep moving them around so that they don’t burn.

Toasting the pecans before adding to the salad really brings out the flavor and adds a little more crunch! 

  • MIX: In a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients.
Ingredients for fruit salad on a blue counter.
  • Fold all ingredients until all fruits are covered in the cream mixture
  • Add enough of the cream mixture to cover the fruit. Add more if needed according to taste. You will have leftover cream mix which can be stored in refrigerator up to one week.

Refrigerate tightly covered for at least 2 hours to chill but the longer the better. Letting it sit overnight will help develop the flavors.

It’s a great recipe to make ahead and just let it rest. You won’t be stressed about making dessert right before your gathering.

- [ ] Two little cute cups with fruit salad.

Serve in small cups or bowls and top with more coconut flakes if you want. The flakes make your dessert look more festive!

Now who wants to dig in?

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If you make this recipe, I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below to let me know how you liked it.? Gracias!!!!

Large clear bowl with Mexican fruit salad.

Ensalada Navideña

Servings 12 people
Ana Frias
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
This Ensalada Navideña recipe (Christmas Salad) is a great festive treat that the whole family will love! 

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor
12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 7.6 oz can media crema If you can't find Mexican crema, you may use plain or vanilla yogurt instead
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese block
  • 1 30 oz can fruit cocktail in syrup (see note #1) (drain & reserve 1/2 cup of the syrup)
  • 4 large red apples cut into chunks (keep the skin for crunchiness)
  • 12 to 16 oz fresh strawberries
  • 8 oz grapes (green preferably)
  • 1 cup pecan cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened or sweetened)
  • mini marshmallows optional (as much as you want!)

Instructions
 

  • BLEND: Add the condensed & evaporated milk, media crema & cream cheese in a blender or food processor.
  • Mix until blended and set aside.
  • TOAST: In a small skillet, toast the pecans on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Keep moving them around so that they don't burn.
  • MIX: In a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients (see note #2)
  • Fold all ingredients until all fruits are covered in the cream mixture
  • Add the enough of the cream mixture to cover the fruit. Add more if needed according to taste. You will have leftover cream mix which can be stored in refrigerator up to one week.
  • Refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours to chill.
  • Serve cold.

*Ana’s Notes:

  1. Or you can use fruit cocktail or any fruit in syrup like peaches or pineapples. 
      2.  To preserve the firmness of the pecans and marshmallows, you can add them at the last minute when serving it. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1cup | Sodium: 100mg | Sugar: 17g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 257mg | Cholesterol: 25mg | Calories: 295kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 18g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 29g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

A large bowl with Ensalada Navideña
Ensalada Navideña so easy to make!

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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is so good! My husband almost ate the whole bowl himself LOL this is definitely something I will be making often for special occasions and holidays. Thank you!!!

  2. 5 stars
    The mix of ingredients here is perfect!! I know that I will be making this over and over during the holidays. Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This salad is gorgeous and so festive! I’ve never had anything like this but am anxious to try it asap!

  4. 5 stars
    Ana, I subscribed to your recipes this year, and I have to say that everything that I have tried has been so delicious. I come from a Mediterranean background but I have fallen in love with the subtle differences in Spanish/ Mexican food. Thank you for sharing your recipes, and making it so easy to try new foods. I am grateful.
    Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year 2022 to you and your family.

  5. I can’t hardly wait to make this delicious salad for my family. I love this salad. Thank you for sharing. I love all your recipes.

    1. Hi Millie! I hope you made it and that you loved it! It’s so easy to make and delicious and I’m sure you will love this Ensalada Navideña. Happy Holidays!

  6. 5 stars
    My mom used to make this salad and later my older sister and we loved it! I will have to give it a try!
    Thank you for posting the recipe ❤️