How to make it

  • Wash the dandelion greens in salted water. Drain. Using a kitchen shears, snip into pieces about 2 inches long.
  • Boil in a little salted water for about 10 minutes, until soft. Drain.
  • Saute chili powder and red pepper flakes with garlic a couple Tablespoons of olive oil. Add cooked dandelion greens, stir, and saute for a few minutes.
  • I served this with Tangy Red Lentils, brown basmati rice, and a whole wheat chapati from the Indian shop, and it was really good all together, because I could mix the very bitter greens into the tangy red lentils and rice and eat it all together. It made an attractive, healthful, and very cheap meal, since I had the rice, lentils, onions, garlic, herbs and spices on hand and got the dandelion greens from my garden when I was weeding today. But exercise caution! They're bitter.

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  • jenniferbyrdez 10 years ago
    Pick the greens in spring when they are baby's.
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  • scrumptious 11 years ago
    P.S. What a gorgeous picture! Will you add it to the lentil recipe page - it shows what the lentils look like hot, as opposed to my photo where they are more cold and stiff.
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  • scrumptious 11 years ago
    I am excited to brave the greens! I know I have cooked them in the past and don't remember a problem, but I do have an absurdly high tolerance for bitter. Also, I think they are sold in stores more in the spring, when they are more tender and less bitter, and they get more extreme as the season passes. So late-August dandelions may be more weed than food!
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  • linebb956 11 years ago
    Dandilion greens... Another thing not here in South Texas... BUT, my grandma used to go out in the spring, in Michigan, tie them up so in insides stay a lighter green, and we would get them before they bloom. She would bring them to a boil, and drain and do it again to help remove the bitter... She called this our spring Tonic! I also like greens, turnips, chards etc.. But as a kid I would try to be at the neighbors for dinner when she was cooking these! the locals used to make wine out of them too!
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