Dandelion Greens Salad
A medium size bunch of young dandelion greens trimmed, washed, and finely chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes chopped medium-fine (halved cherry tomatoes also works well)
1 Tb finely shopped onion, preferably a red one
1 ½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or you can use lemon for a milder version)
3 Tbsp olive oil
Himalayan pink salt
Use freshly ground black pepper or a mixed blend of peppercorns
1. Toss the dandelion greens with some salt and pepper.
2. Add chopped tomatoes and onion, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and toss.
Why Should You Eat Dandelion Greens
Dandelion greens are rich in fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, B, C & K, thiamine and riboflavin, and they are a good source of protein.
Dandelions are also rich in micronutrients such as copper, cobalt, zinc, boron, and molybdenum.
What Does this Mean for You
Potassium rich foods, helps keep blood pressure down and reduces risks of stroke;
Fibre fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. Fibre also helps in weight loss;
Calcium helps build strong bones and can lower blood pressure;
Dandelion greens are also helpful for liver cleansing and reducing inflammation of the liver;
Vitamin K supports brain function, healthy bones and the heart.
Vitamin A is important in fighting cancer;
Vitamin C supports a healthy immune system;
B vitamins help reduce stress.
What If the Dandelion Leaves are Bitter?
If you find that the dandelion greens taste bitter, blanching them in boiling water for about 20 seconds should help. If you get young leaves, then this is not a problem.
Other Ways to Eat Dandelion Greens
Dandelion greens can be added to soups, stews and casseroles. You can eat them in sandwiches and you can make herbal tea infusions with honey, mint leaves, lemon or orange slices.
Enjoy and please let me know how you like it.
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