We latinos love to celebrate eating traditional foods like this boiled yuca salad for Christmas. Yuca is a root also known as cassava. This root is very common in the Cuban cuisine and it is prepared in many several ways.

Yuca can be mashed, fried, boiled and garnished with an olive oil-based garlic lime mojo, or served in salads. Yuca is used as an alternative to potatoes and it is a great complement to a turkey meal or for serving with pork. Another common dish for Christmas time at home here in Orlando.

Our dishes are as diverse as our traditions and family heritage. My husband’s family is Cuban, my stepdaughters are half Cuban, half Puerto Rican, and I am Mexican with a strong Spaniard and Lebanese legacy. But as a family we all love the American culture and its flavors.

The holidays are so much fun for us because, at our table, we serve a cornucopia of many different dishes that celebrate the diverse taste buds and preferences of each member of our family. That can go from deviled eggs, apple pie and fruitcake, to bacalao, roasted turkey and stuffing, and cranberry sauce. And of course, lechón never fails and a yuca salad it is also an important part of the menu.

Christmas is a big feast with presents, good food and lots of laughs and good times. We all bring a dish and I am normally in charge of the turkey and the salad. That is why today I want to share with you all my secrets for making a quick but flavorful yuca salad for Christmas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen yuca (between 6-8 pieces)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. sazón latino (a condiment made with cumin, oregano, black pepper and salt)
  • ½ cup cut Spanish olives with pimentos
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

1. Add yuca and 6 cups water to large pot over medium-high heat, covered, until yuca is tender. Drain and cut into bite-sized pieces.

2. Whisk together lime juice, lemon juice, oil and sazón latino.

3. Pour dressing over yuca. Add olives and onions. Mix well. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot or cold.

Notes:

  • Frozen yuca is commonly found at grocery stores. Suggesting frozen over fresh yuca to save time and also for the ease of preparation. Yuca is a hard root and can be difficult to peel and cut.