Mache: Adding a new green to our diet and a Melons and Mache recipe

A new salad green

This is a plant I have been fascinated with for the last few years. I kept trying to grow it, but without success. It is called dutch corn salad, mache, or lamb’s lettuce. It probably goes by other names too, and it is supposed to thrive and grow in the colder temperatures of late winter and early spring. This spring we are adding dutch corn salad to our diet. It finally grew!

Growing mache

Apparently corn salad grows wild in some places, but the seeds are available from garden catalogs, garden centers, and on the internet. I bought mine at a local garden center.

Pictured here are my seedlings that look great! But also pictured are my seedlings after transplant. ☹

Can it take the heat?

Winter snow held on into April this year, but we skipped the cooler weather of spring. A few days ago it was almost 90°F in Northern Michigan, in May!!! And before that, it was 92°F. While the beachgoers seem thrilled for the sun and warmth, it might be a bit too hot for the spring garden. We can sometimes go a whole summer without seeing these hot temperatures. So, I think my mache doesnt like the heat. Maybe it will recover? Today the temps are more typical of late spring 60°F.

Eating the corn salad: Melons and Mache

What I have decided is that from now on, I am not going to transplant the mache. I may just grow it in pots in my greenhouse during winter and spring and eat the baby greens. Otherwise, one grower suggested direct seeding in the fall. I have a few more seedlings that I haven’t planted yet. I may just eat them with lunch. Following is a recipe that pairs watermelon and mache with a nice viniagrette. A tasty recipe for a late spring picnic.

Melons and mache

Melons and Mache

Here is a refreshing spring salad using mache, a spring green that we hope to eat more of. 

  • 2 cups mache
  • 2 cups watermelon cut into small cubes
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Mix the melons and the mache together in a bowl.

  2. Combine all other ingredients into a small canning jar and cover with a lid. Shake jar to mix ingredients well to create salad dressing.

  3. Add salad dressing to salad as desired. 

Recipe Notes

I think that this salad would work just as well with other melons also. 

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