Saturday, April 23, 2011
Dandelions- the nemesis of gardeners everywhere. My lawn has been completely overtaken by those little pests and no matter how often I weed they always grow back. I wrote a post recently on how to make tea out of dandelion roots. Turns out dandelions are actually loaded with nutrients and very healthy. To read about the health benefits of dandelion and how to make tea out of the roots check out my post here. Making the tea is a rather time consuming process but if you want the benefits of dandelion and don't want to go to the trouble of harvesting the roots, there is a very easy way, make salad out of the dandelion leaves!
Dandelion salad is not a new idea but I had never tried it before. Some find that the leaves are really bitter but it's just a matter of personal taste. If you don't have a yard or your yard doesn't have any dandelions (lucky you) dandelion leaves are available at many grocery stores in the produce section. If you are picking your own make sure that they haven't been sprayed with weed killer. If you have pets you may also want to make sure you pick them from an area your furry friends don't typically "do their business."
For the least bitter tasting leaves try to pick the plants when they are young and small. The bigger ones are often more bitter tasting.
I used a ratio of 50% dandelion greens and 50% collard greens for my salad. You can add a few different types of lettuce. The more variety the better. Garnish with your favorite salad toppings (you can add and eat the flowers too!) drizzle on some dressing and chow down. Have you ever tried salad with dandelions? What do think of the taste?