In our produce box this week, we were very happy to receive a beautiful bunch of dandelion greens. They were promptly drizzled with a little bit of basil oil and devoured.
Dandelions, seen as a noxious weed by some and a source of outdoor entertainment by others (who hasn't made a wish and blown on a puff of dandelion seeds?) are a tasty and healthful salad green packed with vitamins A &C, iron, and more calcium than spinach. They are commonly used as a salad green, but can also be braised, stewed, and sautéed.
When shopping for greens, look for firm, fresh green leaves. Prepare and wash them as you would any salad green - trim the ends off the stems, and rip them up in bite-sized pieces. Dandelion greens will keep for a few days in a crisper drawer. They have a slightly bitter taste that is quite pleasant.
(Image from Whole Foods)