The DANDELION cannot shake its reputation as an obnoxious weed!
Spring is the ultimate season for fresh produce. Dandelion Salad is bright and refreshing, sprinkled with yellow petals. Our veggie-forward salad will awaken your taste buds after winter’s heavy meals.
What is the one of the first BRIGHT YELLOW herbs you see blooming on your lawn? Did you say DANDELION ⁉️ You’re right! First bloom in Spring 🌱 Second bloom in the Fall 🍁🍂 Two times!! Resilient!
The Dandelion Is A Herb!
“The FDA continues to treat dandelion as a weed. The agency’s official position is that “there is no convincing reason for believing it possesses any therapeutic virtues.” … “’What is a weed?‘” [Ralph Waldo] Emerson wrote. “A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”’ As far as dandelion is concerned, truer words were never penned ” More about dandelions found in Michael Castleman’s book The New Healing Herbs
The Best Way To serve Dandelion Salad
They say “what grows together goes together,” and dandelion greens and strawberries are delicious proof that it’s true. This savory dandelion salad amps up that perfect pairing with a warm balsamic vinaigrette and slow-cooked red onions. A powerhouse of nutrients.
Dandelion Salad – by Clara at 94 yrs young. A wonderful lady!
DANDELION SALAD TIP: Clara picks the small dandelions for her salad. They’re best picked when tender, before the plant blooms, and they can be served raw or cooked. Chef’s TIP: The small, lighter green dandelions are milder than the large, dark green dandelion leaves.
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Medium Red Onion (sliced 1/4-inch thick from tip to root)
10 Ripe Strawberries (sliced)
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (divided)
1 bunch Dandelion Greens (about 8 ounces)
½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard ~Optional
add Salt and Pepper
Slow-cook the onions in some olive oil to bring out their natural sweetness.
Macerate the strawberries in a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar while the onions cook.
For the last few minutes of cooking, stir in the rest of the balsamic. Off the heat, stir in a bit of Dijon mustard (or leave out). Voila, your dressing is made!
Toss it all together, and you’re ready to eat.
Relative to the dandelion are varieties of chicory. The cicoria, in Italian, is earthy and bitter. Don’t forget bitter Radicchio, also related to the leafy chicory. Dandelions detoxify the kidneys and liver, reduce swelling, improves vision, and prevent diabetes. Even though it bites you back..its better than a pill! And has anti-viral properties.
The More Bitter..The More Better!
. . . . .coined by Dr. Steven Gundry, a cardiologist, medical researcher, and author ..his mission is to improve health.
Dandelion is An Antioxidant
Antioxidants work to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. The human body produces free radicals naturally, but they cause harm by accelerating aging or the progression of certain diseases.
The dandelion is one of the oldest herbs used for medicine in the the Roman days and as an edible green. ( You can get if free on your untreated lawn). Ask Adelle Davis, the leading nutritional advocate, who changed the American diet.
Try it once – and you can tell your friends you had dandelion salad! ADDED MEASURE: Sprinkle the yellow flower petals on top of your salad. It is edible too. TIP: Pull the yellow petals off individually. Do not add the rest of the flower -> only the yellow part. Looks like fresh, yellow saffron.
Current Distribution: Dandelions have been established in the Americas , Australia , and New Zealand amongst many other temperate regions such as Austria , Italy , Poland , and Turkey and throughout the United States. India, for example has largely cultivated the plant to use as a remedy for liver problems.