Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dandelion Salad and Roasted Root Coffee

Harvested some dandelions from our blueberry patch.  Took me all day to clean those little weeds.  Made a salad that night:

Dandelion Salad Recipe:

soak your dandelion plants, roots and all, in the sink. Rinse several times until the sink water is clear.

1. Pick the leaves and flower tops of the dandelion, only the pretty ones without the brown spots *I got about 3 cups full.  Leave the roots fairly intact and place them on the side.
2. Quickly chop the leaves, don't go crazy, just cut the them in 1/2

3. In a separate bowl, chop up an apple into tiny chunks *leave the skins on if you want* a green apple would be good but any apple will do
4. pour in equal parts apple cider vinegar, balsamic *red or white vinegar (about 1/8 cup each)
5. add a dash of olive oil and an equal amount of maple syrup and a touch of braggs or soy sauce
top it with feta crumbles, raisins and toasted sunflower seeds.  If you plan on eating it the next day, leave the dressing on the side.  For a little kick, top with some cayenne pepper and fresh lemon juice.

For the roots you have left over:  lightly scrub them clean, set them out to dry.  Once they are dry, place them in a baking dish/cookie sheet.  Heat the oven to 350, roast the roots until they snap completely in half and are crisp through and through.  Check on them frequently as some parts of the roots might cook faster than others.  Place the roots that are completely brown/dark brown in a separate bowl.  When all of your roots are finished roasting, blend them together in a coffee grinder or blender until they are a fine dust.  Brew the dandelion powder just like you would coffee.  Sweeten or add milk.  This is a healthy alternative to coffee and tastes great! 

Dandelion is great for cleansing the kidneys, it is a diuretic and cholerectic.  Definitely a plant worth studying.  *According to an ancient magical belief, if you cover the body in dandelion juice, you attract the sympathy of all those who are like you.  If you blow a tufted seed in the direction of your lover, all your thoughts will be sent to him or her. -from Wild Medicinal Plants, by Anny Schneider

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