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.
Dandelion 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.