Mandarin Main Dish Salad

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Mandarin Main Dish Salad. 2018 marks Better Nutrition’s 80th year in print. Travel through time with us as  we highlight popular diet and food trends by decade. In the  spotlight this month: Adelle Davis.

This easy-to-make recipe comes from a 1976 issue of Better Nutrition. It’s rich in protein from tuna and essential nutrients from fruits and veggies, all cornerstones of Adelle Davis’ diet.

For more about this recipe: Better Nutrition in the 1970s

  • 6Servings


  • 3 cups chunk-style tuna   

  • 1 Tbs. minced onion   

  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice   

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery   

  • 1 cup seedless grapes   

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise   

  • 1 11-oz. can mandarin orange segments, drained   

  • ½ cup toasted, slivered almonds   

  • 6 large lettuce leaves olives for garnish, optional   


Combine tuna, onion, lemon juice, and celery in bowl, and place in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

To serve, toss tuna mixture with grapes, mayonnaise, mandarin segments, and almonds, reserving a few mandarin segments and almonds for garnish. Serve on lettuce leaves, and garnish with remaining mandarin segments, almonds, and olives, if using.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 330
  • Carbohydrate Content: 13 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 55 mg
  • Fat Content: 17 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 530 mg
  • Sugar Content: 9 g
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