Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Amazing Dandelion Green

Photo by Summer Tomato
Dandelion greens are the perfect frugal food. Sure you can buy them at the market but why not just go out to your yard and harvest them for free? Just make sure your yard is free from chemicals and pesticides- a good idea anyway.

Dandelion is one of the most nutritious leafy greens. Its rich in calcium and vitamins A, C, D, K and B2. Its often used to treat disorders of the liver and digestive system.

They can be harvested all year long but are less bitter in the spring when the leaves are still small.

Common ways to eat dandelions:

  • In a salad
  • Sauteed with olive oil, onions and garlic
  • Boiled and topped with butter
  • In a smoothie

Here's my Dandelion Green Smoothie recipe:

1 handful dandelion leaves
2 handfuls spinach
1 apple, quartered and cored
1 mango
1/2 cup coconut milk
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Mix together in a blender until smooth and enjoy!

Do you have a good dandelion recipe? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

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  1. Hi Kara, love your blog! Those recipes for dandelion look nice. It's a nice, healthy green to add to your diet.

    I love eating dandelion greens this way: steam the greens until really tender. Drain and let cool, or cool in an ice bath if you're in a hurry. Toss with a lemon juice-olive oil-salt dressing (1 part lemon to 4 parts oil to start, and adjust lemon to taste, with plenty of sea salt). Done! Even my veggie-hating husband eats these. They keep OK in the fridge for the next day, too. Great side for a broiled ribeye, or meatballs with tomato sauce.

    Any greens work this way. My favorite cooked salad greens are kale and chicory. Chicory is not as bitter as dandelion (then again, that's probably why dandelion is so healthy!).

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