Five Minute Christmas Shrimp Salad

Instant Christmas Eve on a plate.

Christmas Eve on a Plate

Christmas Eve is a time to go festive with food, I say. And this Christmas Eve Shrimp Salad is a “5 in 5” recipe – five ingredients in five minutes, yet so festive it really is Christmas Eve on a plate.

I do think the “cuteness” factor can go too far. I am old enough to remember the popularity of the Christmas Candle Salad, The 60’s was a decade of tacky food, even at Christmas. Now it makes me laugh out loud to see a photo of this very weird salad. Did people not see how lurid this salad was? Ho Ho HO!

But still, food can be pretty without being weird, don’t you agree?

For many years, the Kelly family did shrimp cocktail as a first course on Christmas Eve. The kids clapped when I brought the fancy crystal glasses to the table – with cocktail sauce in the glass and shrimps draped around the edge of the glass. It was so fun for them to dip the shrimp and the presentation started off the meal on a fancy note. But now that the kids are older, this is a more grownup way to fancy-up the meal.

It takes about 2 minutes to cut jicama slices into stars, but you can just dice it if you like – saving even more time!

Happy Healthy Christmas, All!

— posted by Donna


Serves 4

2 tablespoons favorite  vinaigrette
8 cups dark leafy greens (I used a baby kale and baby spinach mix)
16 large cooked chilled shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 small jicama, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 cup pomegranate seeds

Toss greens with vinaigrette and place 2 cups on each of four salad plates.

Arrange shrimp on top of greens.

Using small star cookie cutters, cut jicama into star shapes (or, just diced jicama). Scatter jicama pieces on salad.

Scattert pomegranate seeds on top. Sprinkle with a finishing salt and freshly ground pepper.

Other bloggers Christmas salads:

Blood Orange Christmas Salad, Oh Sweet Basil
The Anti-Cookie Post – Christmas Salad, Food Blogga
Raw Brussels Sprouts Christmas Salad, Farmgirl Fare
Orange Pomegranate Salad, Brooklyn Supper
Fresh Berry Salad, Jeanette’s Healthy Living



  1. Margo says

    Dona, can you replace jicama with some other vegetable. I live in Poland and we cannot buy it here :-( and the salad just look lovely and delicious :-)

  2. says

    I am SO stealing this idea – I don’t do “cute” food either, but this will charm the family (and give grandma something to do that she can handle without stressing).


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