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Dandelion Salads

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Dandelion Salad also known as “Horta” wild greens are one of the most important ingredients of a diet that includes dandelion.

Sauté Dandelion serve with Toasted Pita Bread 

Feeling good Tonight, just made myself sauté Dandelion with a small onion, and garlic. According to the University of Maryland Medical center Dandelion are full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.

Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert to vitamin A.  It contains protein more than spinach. It is use as a medicine to treat anemia, skin problem, blood disorders, and depression.

Dandelion has been eaten for thousand of years, which I remember my mum cooking Dandelion, and served it with olive oil and lemon.  Now, Dandelion are getting more and more popular.

The cost of the Dandelion is $2.99 a bunch at Sprout or Wholefood Store, and my meal was done less than a half hour. The cost of vegetables and fruits are always subject to change. So basically, I spend $4.48 for the Dandelion and Scallion, the rest of the ingredients, I already had them in my pantry,kitchen counter, and refrigerator to be use for another meal.

Dandelion, Scallion, Garlic, and Cherry Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch of dandelion, rinse, and chopped $2.99 at Sprout and wholeFood ( Farmers Market $2.95 )
5 scalions $1.49(chopped finely)Wholefood
2-3 bulb Garlic – Garlic of 4 $1.49 WholeFood
3 tbsp Pine Nuts (hopefully in your pantry)
red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper (in your pantry)
Salt (in your pantry)
Pepper (in your pantry)
4 to 5 Tbsp extra virgin Olive oil (in your pantry)
Greek plain Yogurt- or you could use Tzaziki – more to use for another day.
Feta Cheese (hopefully in your refrigerator)
Cherry Plum Tomatoes Trader Joe $3.49 lb they are tiny with huge taste (hopefully in your counter top) I have lots of left over Tomatoes
Toasted whole wheat Pita Bread $1.79 at WholeFood Store – More to use for another day.


COOKING DIRECTIONS

1. In a deep frying pan, sauté onions, garlic, and pine nuts in extra virgin olive oil lightly brown, add the chopped dandelion, salt, pepper, sprinkle red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

2. I like it spicy. Simmer covered 5 to 7 minutes, over medium to low heat. Mix a couple of times while cooking.

3. Serve with Greek plain yogurt or Tzaziki, crumble feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and toasted Pita bread. OMG, so good! Good also to stuff it with the toasted pita bread and eat it as a sandwich.

“The choice you make may directly affect your outcome of your life”

Dandelions are in season January, February, March, April, May, and June

“Daily consumption of leafy greens may be a simple and effective way to protect against loss in memory and other cognitive abilities.” – Martha Clare Morris, PhD

*Another recipe for a Dandelion salad

Dandelion with Medjool Dates (2 people)

  1. Wash and cut Dandelion green
  2. 1 whole lemon juice
  3. 1/2 or 1 whole chopped red onion
  4. 1 cup crumble feta cheese
  5. 1 cup pit out and chopped medjool dates ( medjool dates are full of nutrients and antioxidants)
  6. 1 cup of chopped walnuts

Raw Organic Medjool Dates Ready to Eat

Dressing

In a small jar add:

Raw honey, 2 cups of olive oil and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Mix well then pour some of it on each salad bowl. Your choice how much dressing you want.