Wild Edible Weed Dandelion Salad

by Michelle on May 31, 2010 · 10 comments

in Leafy Greens,Raw Food,Wild Edibles

After going to a wild edible weed walk and lecture by Sergei Boutenko, I decided I’d try out a few recipes using wild edible weeds. This a salad I made with dandelion leaves from my backyard. Go “wild” (sorry couldn’t resist) & have fun!

Wild Edible Weed Dandelion Salad


  • a handful of dandelion leaves, washed and pat dry
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 parsnip, sliced thinly in strands
  • 1/4 carrot, sliced thinly in strands
  • 1/4 chili, sliced thinly (optional)
  • to serve: olive oil and lemon juice

How to:

In a bowl mix together your dandelion leaves, avocado, red onion, parsnip, carrot, chili, pour over your olive oil and lemon juice. Enjoy!

This was post was shared at ‘Make It Yourself Monday‘ hosted by Eat From Your Pantry, at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday hosted by Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and at Kelly’s Real Food Wednesday and Melodie’s Vegetarian Foodie Fridays, Food on Fridays.


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Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites May 31, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Looks lovely and super easy to put together. I’ve never had edible weeds before, how do they taste?


Michelle May 31, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Thanks Steph! Well different edible weeds will have different properties and so different tastes. Dandelion leaves are really pretty bitter (though the bitterness is meant to increase bile production and flow). In a way I like the bitterness, they kind of have a similar taste to that of rocket. You can also eat the roots (after roasting) and you can add the flowers to salads + whatever you like really.


Anjanette June 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for linking up! Way to use what you have on hand! You took it to a whole new level! :)
.-= Anjanette´s last blog ..Make it Yourself Monday: Homemade Bread =-.


Melodie June 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm

The salad looks beautiful but I bet it sure is bitter. I might add some sweet lettuce to it. I’ve done this too though – foraged in my yard for edible weeds. It’s so much fun!
.-= Melodie´s last blog ..Vegetarian Foodie Fridays: Curried Chick Pea Soup =-.


Ann Kroeker June 6, 2010 at 3:06 am

A friend of mine has pointed out a weed that she described as wild kale and said that she ate it often growing up, so between her advice and ideas like yours, I’m intrigued (and learning)!


Michelle June 6, 2010 at 3:16 am

Oh wow Wild Kale- sounds pretty interesting! I find it so amazing how may plants called “weeds” are actually edible and just called weeds cause of their growing power! Thanks for hosting Food on Fridays!


Ann Kroeker June 6, 2010 at 3:06 am

I’m so glad you joined Food on Fridays this week!


chris May 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

What other edible leaves are common the back garden; i can see dandelion in abundance but am not sure about the others!


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