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Dandelion Greens: Kitchen Basics

Dandelion salad
Salad with dandelion leaves boiled chicken eggs and onion

Dandelion greens can be added to a lettuce salad to add some tang. 

Young bright green dandelion greens can be served raw in salads. Mature dandelions are better cooked.

Spring is a prime time for tender, free-range dandelion greens.

How to Choose Dandelions

  • The leaves of younger plants will be less bitter. If you pick your dandelion greens wild, do so before the plant flowers., usually from late winter to mid-spring.

DandelionDandelion Cooking Suggestions

  • Dandelions can be cooked like spinach.

Dandelion Serving Suggestions

  • Dandelion and bacon salad (a French tradition): Dice bacon and brown in a frying pan. Mix the dandelion leaves with a white wine vinaigrette. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the diced bacon and stir, Pour the contents of the frying pan into the salad bowl. Add a sliced hard-boiled egg.

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