Plated + Served: Fragrant Fruit Salad


This festive Fragrant Fruit Salad just looks like the holidays, don’t you agree? And, even better, it’s healthy!

It’s not just the luscious mangos and papayas or the juicy citrus fruit that makes this so perfect for the season. The unique jamaica flower vinaigrette brightens the flavors while adding a dramatic bit of color… and the candied pecans give it just the right amount of crunch.

I wrote this recipe for my friends at Right@Home, the bilingual website that has it all, including new holiday recipes, cleaning and organizing tips, decorating ideas and craft projects for you and the kids. Oh, and don’t forget about the website’s special offers!

This is the perfect salad to bring to a party. Just place the fruit, vinaigrette, lettuce and candied pecans in separate Ziploc® Brand Bags, to make it easy to carry, then toss them together when you arrive!

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Salad Ingredients










Plated + Served: Shrimp and Jícama Summer Salad


Time for dinner al fresco!

Okay, okay, so that’s a fancy way of saying… let’s have a picnic or let’s have dinner on the patio tonight. Regardless, why not get the most out of summer with an easy dinner outside?

Here’s another delicious recipe I developed for the folks at Right@Home, the bilingual website that’s always got great ideas when it comes to recipes, cleaning and organizing, decorating, crafts and special offers. Believe me, with the kids out of school, all the info and tips on the website are a BIG help.

This crisp and cool salad with a light basil and lime dressing is a wonderful break from the same old potato salad. Save some time by preparing it in a Ziploc® Brand Gallon Bag (no dirty bowls to wash!) so you can enjoy dining al fresco, too!

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: