The other day I looked out my kitchen window and noticed the dandelions blooming. At first I thought “great, time to figure out how to get a mower”. But for some reason a memory came to me of years ago frying dandelion flower buds in butter and them tasting like mushrooms. I had also made salads with the leaves back then.
So I began to research and found many uses for dandelion. I also found that they are a super-food packed with many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Seeing them in this way changed my attitude very quickly about them from being a nuisance to being a free healthy food and I was actually excited about them!
This was 4 days ago and every day I’ve tried something new that includes dandelions that I plan to share with you, each one in a different post. The first day I made a delicious salad (that I plan to make again today for my lunch). This is how I made it.
I went out with a medium sized mixing bowl and collected flowers and leaves that were in good shape. Note: before doing this, research dandelion so you know you are harvesting the right plant). I brought them in and covered the leaves and flowers with water to wash them off, then strained into a strainer and dried off as well as possible. This is when I ate a flower and was delighted! It was slightly sweet and crunchy and yesterday I learned that the flowers concentrate Vitamin D from the sun so can be a great emotional boost. I can say that I did feel an emotional boost when I ate them, but not sure if it was from the Vitamin D, or the fact that I had this amazing organic super food growing all over the yard for free! Especially at a time when I have decided I do not want to support industrial produce industries anymore.
So after I dried the bowl, leaves and flowers, I put the leaves and flowers back into the bowl. I added some of my candied walnuts, black olives and diced avocado. Then I made a salad dressing by putting 1 part red wine vinegar (I used 1/4 cup), 1 part olive oil (I used 1/4 cup), 2 Tbsp Feta cheese, 1/4 tsp rosemary, 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning and a little salt & pepper into a glass jar. I put the lid on to shake the ingredients into a delicious dressing that I poured onto the salad. This salad is the best salad I’ve had in a long time. The taste, knowing how nutritious it is, picking it fresh and that a lot of it is growing out in my yard for free!
Do you make things to eat with dandelion or a different salad variation? If so, please share! I love all comments!
P.S. “When life gives you dandelions, make a salad!” By Anne from 3-legged Tables: Reframing our Beautiful Chaos:
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