|A weed nightmare? or a veritable grocery store?|
I follow a reknowned yogini named Rainbeau Mars. I have been enamoured with this girl since I was pregnant over 4 years ago. She was the star of a yoga for pregnancy video. Her take on yoga inspired me. Now I follow Rainbeau for more than just yoga instruction. Her belief is yoga is only one part of the whole when it comes to whole body health. That is how I discovered her mother Brigitte Mars. She is a master herbalist and Rainbeau speaks of her highly and often. On a recent post from Rainbeau, she discusses whether or not to mow your lawn...
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After viewing the above video, I decided to take a second look around my lawn to see what I have growing there. I saw loads of clover (which the local bunnies just love) and an extremely high content of dandelions. (even more than I noticed yesterday!!!) I found a small patch where the leaves were visable and the flowers were not out yet. I plucked the leaves and brought them inside, washing them thoroughly in cold water and diced them up to sprinkle on my lunch salad. As an avid salad lover, I find it challenging to keep the ol' salad interesting sometimes.
|Spinach and Dandelion salad with Balsamic Vinigrette|
This salad did NOT disappoint! A healthy base of baby spinach, topped with chopped avocado, diced, turkey slices, cukes, tomatoes and the lovely dandelion greens. Drizzled over the lot was my home made balsamic dressing. WINNING!
I was VERY surprised at how the leaves tasted. I'm not sure what I was expecting, perhaps a bitter strong flavour that would over power the whole mess. I stand corrected! They added a flavour that was not unlike a fine mescalun mix or the same strength of flavour as arugula.
For REAL wild and gathered greens salad....I dare you to try dandelion greens on your next salad.
I double dog dare you!