Dandelion Greens for Health

Dandelion Greens For Health

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Dandelion greens have multiple health benefits, including cleansing the liver and the blood and reducing inflammation and fighting Alzheimer's, so I have tried to eat them several times in the past, without success, either raw or cooked. Today, with the help of several friends, I came up with this recipe, which allows me to enjoy them. Just like spinach, kale or any other cooked green, boil and saute to your liking. The trick is the salt soak to get out most of the bitterness. You may find you like them raw after the cold soak! If so, just add them to your salad at that point!


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30 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 bunch
    cultivated dandelion greens, from market
  • 1 qt
    cool, salted water
  • 1 qt
    boiling salted water
  • 1 tsp
    olive oil
  • 3 clove
    peeled garlic
  • 1 slice
    canned anchovy (or to taste)
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    grey poupon dijon mustard

How to Make Dandelion Greens for Health


  1. Prepare the Greens:
    In a large bowl, add salt to cold water (as you would salt water for pasta.) Rinse the bunch of dandelions and lay in the salted water to soak for at least 30 minutes and more if you have time. Drain. Starting at the tip of the leaves, chop greens down to where stem begins. (Stems are tough and not desirable)
  2. Bring a pot of fresh salted water to a boil. Add chopped dandelions and cook for about 5 minutes. (or more if you like) Meanwhile, chop the garlic cloves.
  3. Over medium heat, warm a small skillet, drizzle olive oil to coat, add chopped garlic, and one slice of anchovy. Mash up the anchovy till it is disintegrated. Add cayenne.
  4. When greens are cooked and garlic has softened, drain greens and add to garlic oil.
    Allow to simmer while you make the sauce.
  5. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tablespoons of Red wine vinegar and 1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard.
  6. Remove dandelions from skillet and place in small bowl; drizzle mustard sauce over greens. This dish is good hot or at room temperature.

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About Dandelion Greens for Health

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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