Winter’s gone, Earth Day’s here, and I’m throwing a foraged dandelion greens salad party to celebrate. There’s some fresh spinach greens, sweet bell pepper and toasted almonds in there too. It’s topped with more foraged goodness, a rich, garlic-and-herby wild scallion vinaigrette.
And here it is. I’m in love with it! It was one of those things I taste and a light goes off in my brain, where’s this been all my life?? I’m surprised there was enough left for the dandelion greens salad, ’cause I kept dipping dandelion greens and pepper pieces in it. I adapted it very slightly from a Bon Appetit recipe for fresh chive vinaigrette. I tweaked mine to be a little more acidic is all.
Backyard foraging is lots of fun for me. It’s so cool to be running around finding stuff…there’s some! There’s some more! And the flavors I encounter are a far cry from what I find in the grocery store. Some are lovely and mild like the scallions, and some are bold and intense like the dandelion greens. No matter what I find, it’s always a happy, relaxing time.
We don’t use pesticides in our yard and don’t live right on top of anyone who does, so I feel safe eating what grows naturally out there. I give everything a thorough wash before I eat it, of course. Well, that’s not totally true…I sometimes grab a leaf and munch it while I’m out there if the spirit moves me.
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Spinach and Dandelion Greens Salad with Wild Herb Vinaigrette is a lovely way to use foraged or market fresh dandelions.
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced as fine as you can
- 1 1/2 Tbs white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs fresh chive, scallion or garlic tops, washed and snipped or chopped fine
- 1/8 tsp salt
- fresh black pepper to taste
- 8 c fresh spinach greens
- 2 c dandelion greens, washed
- 1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1/4 c toasted almond slices
- Stir all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
- Toss the spinach and dandelion greens together, then divide into two servings. Top each with peppers and almonds. Drizzle the dressing on top.
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