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½ head of leaf lettuce, tear
½ head romaine lettuce, tear
½ cup dandelion leaves, tear
¼ cup dandelion stems, chop a few fresh mint leaves
½ cup apple, grated (optional)
Bragg Healthy Organic Vinaigrette or Ginger & Sesame Dressing Toss all torn leaves, dandelion stems, mint and grated apple together with Bragg Vinaigrette or Ginger Dressing.
2) Dandelion Pasta:
• 2 – 3 cups uncooked pasta shells (depending on how much pasta people eat), cooked and drained
• 1 medium onion
• 2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
• 1 tbsp. Olive oil
• 1 – 2 cups fresh dandelion leaves, washed and chopped
Directions: Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil. Add dandelion leaves. Cook 1 – 2 minutes. Combine garlic and onion with pasta shells and dandelion leaves. Crumble feta cheese throughout. Voila - ready to eat!
3) Dandelion Pizza:
• 1 pizza crust
• Tomato sauce or pesto
• Cheese (cheddar, mozzarella or a blend)
• Fresh or steamed dandelion greens
• Fresh dandelion blossoms
Directions: Spread tomato sauce or pesto onto pizza crust. Sprinkle cheese on top. Sauté onion, garlic, dandelion blossoms. and dandelion greens in skillet 2 – 3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Sprinkle on toppings. You can sprinkle on additional toppings like pine nuts or edible wild mushrooms! Bake pizza in oven 8 – 10 minutes. Dandelion will be the hit of the party with its unique flavor!
4) Dandelion Salve:
16 oz of infused dandelion oil
2 oz coconut oil
2 oz of beeswax
10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
5) Dandelion Decoction:
Use 1 to 3 teaspoons of chopped dandelion root per cup of water, adjusting for taste. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer in covered saucepan for 10 to 20 minutes. Drink 1 to 2 cups daily as a general tonic.
6) Dandelion Infusion:
Gather 10-20 dandelion flowers
Cut off the green bits and put the petals into a jar (I used a jar that holds 1 cup for ease).
Pour boiling water over the petals, filling the jar
Put a lid on the jar and let it sit for at least an hour. I let mine rest overnight.
7) Dandelion Syrup:
Strain the liquid into a pot. Add double the measure of sugar to the liquid in a pot. (ex.: 1 cup liquid, 2 cups sugar)
Bring to boil, stirring occasionally
Turn to a low simmer until the liquid is reduced a bit and starting to thicken.
Remove from heat, allow to cool, pour into glass bottle
Label and store in fridge.
8) Check Out This Recipe for Dandelion Wine: LINK
Dandelion is one of the most plentiful plants that you can find on the planet and many look at it as just an invasive weed that needs to be removed from your yard. The plant is a valuable resource for both medicine making, food and even back yard hooch (i.e. wine). This little plant is easy to identify without any notable lookalikes (when flowering) and is available from early spring (one of the first plants to come out) through late fall. This plant can give us anything from wine to salad to flour to medicine and is easily one of the top wild plants to adopt into your medicinal and edible plant game plan.
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