Dandelion Recipes ( And Dandelion Health Benefits)

What, really? Dandelion recipes? Yes, my friends, if you eat kale for health reasons, consider trying dandelions. If you are just starting healthy eating, consider yourrself lucky to have learned about dandelions so early in the process. Now is the best time. It's spring, and dandelion greens are not even bitter yet, so you can totally enjoy extreme nutrition provided by free and organic dandelion greens.


I tried to buy dandelion greens at the store, and they were much more bitter than fresh dandelion greens from my lawn :)

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Add them to smoothies.
  • Make a dandelion salad.
  • Steam them and use as a side dish.
  • Juice them.

Why eat dandelion greens when you already eat a lot of kale?

  • Unless you eat organic kale, you are still consuming pesticides. Kale and collard greens have high amount of pesticide residue. Dandelions are pesticide-free, unless you pick them from the lawn treated with pesticides
  • Dandelion is one of the top three green leafy vegetables in terms of nutrition
  • You need food with diverse nutritional profile. Eating too much of one superfood, you can consume too much of some vitamins and minerals and not enough of others
  • Kale loses some of its nutrition during transportation and storing; dandelions are available anytime. You can pick them and eat right away
  • Kale is not cheap; and dandelions are free.

Dandelion Health Benefits

Dandelions contain a lot of flavonoids. They have more vitamin A than spinach, more vitamin C than tomatoes, and are a powerhouse of iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, and potassium. They cleanse the liver, and cause a mild diuretic effect. They help to reduce blood pressure. For centuries they were used in folk medicine in many countries. Dandelion tonics have been used to help the liver, remove toxins from the bloodstream. In olden times, dandelions were prescribed for every ailment from warts to the plague.

Dandelion plant has been used to strengthen and nourish the spleen, pancreas, immune system, and glandular system, circulatory and lymphatic systems. It has also been used by traditional herbalists to treat rheumatism and chronic skin eruptions.And it helps to reduce stress.

Dandelion Salad ideas:

Pick young dandelion leaves, clean and wash them. In Russian tradition, we then soak them in cold salted water for 30 minutes to remove bitterness. You may want to start with this, and skip this step if you are comfortable with fresh greens' taste without soaking. Use in the salad with your favourite dressing.

Dandelion Smoothie and juice ideas:

Add it to a smoothie with sweet fruit and veggies. Replace ½ of kale in your recipe with dandelion.

So go for a walk in the forest and pick a bag of fresh dandelion leaves. Look at your (organic) lawn as a source of food. Try young dandelion leaves in a simple salad or a smoothie.


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