I was going to mow the grass last night and noticed all the dandelions growing in the grass. I had read somewhere that you can eat the young leaves in salads or sauté them. I quickly picked a plastic grocery bag full.
After cutting the roots off I rinsed the greens under running water. I cut the bigger leaves in half and then put them all into a pot with salted boiling water for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile I heated 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and sautéed half a chopped onion and one sliced garlic clove until soft. I drained and rinsed the greens and added them to the onion and garlic in the skillet. After about 2 minutes the greens were nice and hot.
A little salt and pepper and voilà! An instant side dish that I served with my pork chops. Soooo good and healthy!!
I looked up the nutrition facts online and found that dandelion greens are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese.
One warning. Make sure that the dandelions have not been treated with chemicals before you pick them. My lawn is safe as I try not to use any pesticides or fertilizers on it.
Mare-Anne, our senior editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 1992. In her spare time, Mare-Anne loves to garden and always plants a large home garden with a variety of flowers and vegetables. She also enjoys cooking and traveling to Sweden, where she was born.