May 23, 2013 7

Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas

A strawberry greens salad by, Emilie of The Clever Carrot.
Spring Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas | A spring strawberry greens salad with umami packed tamari roasted pepitas. Naturally gluten-free and an easy weeknight meal or lunch.

As I was researching beautiful food photography.

I came across a very special blog that instantly resonated with me.

Emilie the girl behind The Clever Carrot is one talented woman. We became  quick friends as we bonded through our love of fresh, seasonal and simple foods. And our East Coast roots. I’m so happy to have Emilie here today. I think you’ll fall quickly in love with her just like I did.

Here is Emilie with her recipe for this strawberry greens salad.

Spring Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas. Longest title ever. Isn’t it? I know. I tried to shorten it but anytime I mentioned this salad to someone they would go, what on earth is mache? What’s a pepita? So I had to get it all in there, every last word, so I can explain it all to you here. Drum roll please…

Pepitas. I bet you already know pepitas. They’re Spanish for pumpkin seeds and are super crunchy and delicious. I could scarf down a whole bag, easily. For this recipe, I use the raw unsalted ones so that I can skillet roast them in tamari and honey. The salty/sweet combination is heavenly, especially when paired with goat cheese.

Now mache {otherwise known as lamb’s lettuce} has to be one to my favorite salad varieties. It’s known for its tender leaves and mild sweet taste. It’s very unique. Mache is usually available only in the spring, so if you see it, grab it!

Nothing delights me more than to create a recipe using fresh and seasonal ingredients. To me, the light and delicate flavors of this dish encompass the bounty of spring. This salad makes a wonderful lunch option or side dish. We recently enjoyed it alongside a piece of wild caught salmon, grilled to perfection. Simply delicious!

Spring Strawberry Greens Salad with Tamari Roasted Pepitas | A spring strawberry greens salad with umami packed tamari roasted pepitas. Naturally gluten-free and an easy weeknight meal or lunch.

Spring Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas | A spring strawberry greens salad with umami packed tamari roasted pepitas. Naturally gluten-free and an easy weeknight meal or lunch.

Spring Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas | A spring strawberry greens salad with umami packed tamari roasted pepitas. Naturally gluten-free and an easy weeknight meal or lunch.

SSpring Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas | A spring strawberry greens salad with umami packed tamari roasted pepitas. Naturally gluten-free and an easy weeknight meal or lunch.

Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas

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Ingredients

  • 12 oz. mache lettuce
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

Wash and dry the mache lettuce and set it to the side.

To make the pepitas, heat a small saute pan over low heat. Toast the pumpkin seeds for 3 minutes, or lightly browned. Add in the tamari and honey, and stir well to coat. In a single layer, pour the pepitas onto a parchment lined baking sheet to cool. It’s ok if some stick together.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the balsamic, dijon and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

To assemble the salad, add the mache lettuce, strawberries and pepitas to a large bowl. Lightly dress with vinaigrette, top with crumbled goat cheese and serve. 

Recipe Notes

If you can't find mache lettuce - baby spinach will work instead. 

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7 Responses to "Strawberry Greens Salad with Mache + Toasted Pepitas"

  1. Reply

    Emilie@TheCleverCarrot

    May 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Thanks again for sharing my recipe Sherrie! I hope you enjoy :) xx

  2. Reply

    Laney

    May 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Clean, healthy and easy…that’s a beautiful salad! And so nice to discover Sherrie’s blog…

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      May 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      So glad you found me Laney!

      Happy to connect, stay well –

      Sherrie

  3. Reply

    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    May 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I love Emilie’s blog.. and this recipe is why. What a beautiful, fresh and healthy salad and the photos are stunning. I’ve added this one to my recipes to try folder! xx

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      May 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Emilie is so talented – I love her stuff too! Thanks so much for stopping by, Barbara.
      Hope you’ll come back again soon for more beautiful recipes like this.
      Happy to connect, stay well
      – Sherrie

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