Spring dandelion leaves salad

When is (slowly) getting warmer outside a nice walk in the nature is a must! After that spring dandelion leaves salad is very satisfying. It is an old fashion meal, but to me some things never get out of style ;) It is just beyond the heaven! Very healthy, rich in minerals and fibers. Will regenerate you after long cold winter. Sorry, only pros and no cons this time :)

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My grandparents lived in Germany during the second world war for couple years. As they were starving vitamins, ladies went gathering the spring dandelion leaves for their families. When owner saw that he start screaming that grass there is for his caws to eat not for humans. Do they think they are animals or what!? :) Obviously he never heard about that tasty salad :) I was told that story by my grandma million times but it’s still funny to me :) Wish she was still with us…

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Have a nice week!

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46 comments

  1. Hard boiled eggs are so good in salads. Love the flowery look of your salad!

    1. Thank you for so nice comment Alex and happy late Easter to you!

  2. Finally tasted dandelion greens for the first time recently. It’s becoming one of my favorite greens. I think I will make this for dinner tonight!

    1. It is so nice to read that you like it too :) What is your recipe? Thank you and happy late Easter to you!

  3. What a story the memory from your Grandmother is! I remember to collect dandelion as a child – in our garden behind the house.

    1. Thanks, your mum’s story with oranges reminded me on that, thank you!
      As a child I preferred when they gets white :)

  4. Oh and: the little snow-bell like flowers:
    They are so amazing with their little dots! Do you happen to know their botanic name? Coz I’d love to find them here :)

    1. Actually that was the first kind of snowdrops I ever knew, we have plenty of them :) Google says these are ‘leucojum vernum’ or spring snowflakes in English.

  5. Delish and so pretty! I remember dandelion greens being so terribly bitter, but maybe not if properly dressed and combined with other ingredients? Looks deliciously healthy after the Easter feasting :-)

    1. Liz thank you! Warm or rather hot potatoes do half of the work in this case. I love salads, but that one is ‘my queen’ ;) Like you said, especially after feasting ;) Happy Easter to you too!!

  6. Yum – salad! Love it! Was going to ask if the posies are snowdrops, but I see someone beat me to it. I really had no idea, but the name just came to me. They are very pretty. I’m learning to keep ceci beans (garbanzos) cooked up and in the refrigerator at all times. So good in salads!

    1. Thank you Judilyn! Like you said once, great minds think alike! ;) Ceci or brown beans or any other legume could be a very nice add to that (or any other) salad! Happy Easter to you too!

  7. Looks so good! :)

    1. Thank you ;)

  8. It looks so light and delicious! I’ve never eaten dandelion leaves before; what sort of flavor do they have? And you take gorgeous photographs!

    1. Thank you so much for so kind compliments! It tastes like all green type of salad, just bitterish and even better to me ;)

      1. With a story like that, I’m not surprised it tastes so good to you!

  9. Looks very fresh, lovely photos too!

    1. Thank you so much!

  10. Looks delicious. Are you using quail eggs?

    1. Thank you ;) I only use chicken eggs to cook and quail eggs to decorate. But feel free to use any kind you like for that salad!

  11. I love your sharing of your grandma’s story, very funny :D Your pictures are beautiful!

    1. Thank you Cindy, hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  12. This is a beautiful salad. I love dandelion greens. I just saw a lovely bunch at the market the other day. I think I will go back and get them and make this. The combination of potato and egg seems like it may tame the bitterness a little. Your pictures are so well done! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Thank you! You should go ;) Dandelion leaves aren’t that bitter before they bloom. Combination of warm potatoes, eggs and baked ham do a good job and makes a wonderful salad! You prepared it any other way before?

  13. Love your pictures Irena! They are absolutely delicious :) My favorite is the last one…what eggs are they? The salad looks great – I never knew dandelion leaves were edible. My only image of dandelions is their seeds flying like umbrellas in the air ;)

    1. I guess you are asking about little dottie one – these are quail eggs. Dandelion is such interesting plant, you can also use the yellow blums to prepare wine! As a kid I loved seeds flying like umbrellas too ;)

  14. Eggs never looked so pretty!

    1. Thank you Katrina, wish you all the best!

  15. Ooh! I can’t wait until we have fresh dandelions as well! What a perfect dish for spring!

    1. Hope you get them soon ;) I wonder if it would be as glorious any other part of the year ;)

  16. Irena, you paint such a lovely scene with your pictures — just glorious. Glorious, truly. And thank you for sharing that lovely story of your grandmother! My mother too would go out and pick those dandelion greens to cook and eat — they must be kindred spirits, those two! =) xo

    1. Christina thank you so much for your kind words! They might be kindred spirits, you newer know ;) Hope you had a nice holiday!

  17. Your food always looks so yummy and beautiful!

    1. Thank you Georgia for so nice comment! All the best!

  18. Little eggs are too cute! Salad looks fantastic!

    1. I agree ;) and thank you!!

  19. Wow, this salad looks so fresh and healthy! GORGEOUS photography!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!!! Wish you all the best!

  20. […] day.  I was already inspired because I had just discovered a lovely blog, irenasdots, and found this recipe.  I thought I should cook them according to Irena’s recipe. Once I brought the greens home I […]

    1. I am speechless… thank you so much!!

  21. Irena, your photos are really just so gorgeous. I love the composition, colors, and detail of these photos! I’m shopping for a “real” camera (a DSLR) and I would love to be able to emulate your photography–will you tell me what kind of camera you use? :)

    1. Erika thank you for all these compliments!
      As don’t have my own I have to borrow d300 form S. For my very own I put my eyes on d3100. Your photography is gorgeous already so I can’t wait to see your ‘dslr shoots’! What camera have you had so far?

  22. Gorgeous photos, Irena! And I love how beautiful is this salad for spring!

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    1. I am very honored that you liked Dandelion salad and share it! You have a wonderful work, wish you all the best!

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