Welcome to my Food, Fitness & Fiction blog! You can subscribe to my blog via RSS feed. If you’re interested in being a guest blogger or would like me to take a look at your book or product for a possible review/feature on the blog, please email me at Enjoy!

Strawberries with Mache & Brazil Nuts






Doesn’t this salad spell S-U-M-M-E-R?

This recipe from the timely new book, The Plant-Powered Diet, can help you not only meet your daily fruit, vegetable, and lean protein quota, but do it in a fresh way because of the addition of mache lettuce (also known as corn salad, or lamb’s lettuce). Here’s what author Sharon Palmer, RD, has to say about it.

“Tender mache lettuce is the backdrop for this fruity salad that offers yet another way to highlight luscious strawberries—rich in sweet flavor and antioxidants—during their spring through summer harvest.  This colorful salad is pretty enough for a buffet or holiday meal, yet it can also grace your lunch box or dinner table just as easily.” 

Makes 4 servings (about 1 ½ cups each)


4 cups packed mache greens

1 ½ cups sliced fresh strawberries

2 tablespoons sliced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 ½ tablespoons orange juice

1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped Brazil nuts


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine mache, fresh strawberries, red onion, and fresh basil.
  2. In a small dish, whisk together blueberry juice, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and black pepper.
  3. Toss the salad with the dressing.  Garnish the salad with Brazil nuts and serve it immediately.

Note:  Mache, also called lamb’s lettuce, is grown in California and may be available at many supermarkets.  If you can’t find it in your supermarket, substitute any other tender lettuce green, such as butter lettuce or mesclun mixed greens.

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories: 87

Fat:  7 g

Saturated Fat: 1 g

Sodium:  4 mg

Carbohydrate:  7 g

Fiber:  2 g

Protein:  2 g

Source: The Plant-Powered Diet (The Experiment, 2012) by Sharon Palmer, RD.


Print Friendly

About The Author

Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized and award-winning health and nutrition expert, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books. An avid walker, she loves motivating others to #moveitorloseit. A book lover, she recently earned a certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton and is currently working on several young adult novels. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked