Cooking Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens, often seen as a pesky weed, are a nutritional powerhouse and a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire. If you’re new to dandelion greens or looking for fresh ways to prepare them, this guide will walk you through the steps from harvest to table.

Preparing Dandelion Greens

Rinse the greens thoroughly in cold water to remove dirt and debris. Repeat the rinsing process until the water runs clear. Remove any thick or tough stems which can be fibrous and bitter. Soak the greens in cold water for 10-15 minutes to reduce bitterness. Some people prefer to add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to the soaking water.

Cooking with Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens are versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are some popular methods to prepare them:

Salads

For a fresh, crisp salad, use the raw greens. Pair them with bold flavors to balance their natural bitterness. Here’s a simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dandelion greens, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts (walnuts or almonds)

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine the dandelion greens, red onion, avocado, feta cheese, and nuts in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
  3. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Sauteed Dandelion Greens

Sauteeing is a quick and easy way to prepare dandelion greens. This method mellows their bitterness and brings out a rich, savory flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups dandelion greens, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the dandelion greens and cook until wilted, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Dandelion Pesto

For a unique twist on traditional pesto, try using dandelion greens. This vibrant sauce is perfect for pasta, sandwiches, or as a dip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dandelion greens, chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine the dandelion greens, basil, nuts, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in a food processor.
  2. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped.
  3. With the processor running, slowly add the olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus is delicious on its own, but when you add bacon, you have an irresistible culinary combination! Try this delicious recipe paired with baked potatoes or shrimp skewers.

You’ll need:

  • 20 thick asparagus spears (washed & trimmed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • seasoning to taste (go easy on the salt)
  • 10 bacon slices

To make:

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

  • Preheat your oven to 400° F (200° C).
  • Prepare a large sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.

Step 2: Prepare the Asparagus

  • Wash and trim the asparagus spears.
  • Brush with a bit of olive oil.
  • Season with black pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt (remember, the bacon is already salty!).

Step 3: Wrap with Bacon

  • Cut the bacon strips in half length-wise.
  • Wrap each asparagus spear tightly with a bacon strip.

Step 4: Cook to Perfection

  • Place the bacon-wrapped asparagus on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Cook in the middle rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until:
    • The bacon is crispy.
    • The asparagus is tender.
  • If you like extra crispy bacon, turn the broiler on for the last few minutes of cooking.

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Delicious Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is a delicious way to use our farm-fresh celery. We love this salad on a nice piece of whole-grain bread, a croissant, or on top of our crisp butterhead lettuce. 

You’ll need:

• 2 5oz cans of no-salt-added solid white tuna in water, drained well
• ¼ cup finely diced red onion
 2 large ribs celery, finely diced
 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
• ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon real mayonnaise
 1 teaspoon yellow, Dijon, or whole-grain mustard
• ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
• ½ teaspoon lemon zest
• ¼ teaspoon salt, plus an extra pinch

To make:

In a medium bowl, combine the tuna with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Beets and Goat Cheese Salad

Incorporating beets into your culinary repertoire is a fantastic way to add both vibrant color and a nutritional punch to your meals. Beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as folate, manganese, potassium, and iron. They also contain a wealth of nutritional benefits, including antioxidants that support heart health and reduce inflammation. This delicious beet and goat cheese salad combines the creamy tanginess of goat cheese and the crunchy nuttiness of walnuts. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium beets (red and golden, if available)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for roasting
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens (such as arugula, spinach, and baby kale)
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (such as thyme or parsley)

Instructions:

  1. Roast the Beets: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Trim the tops and roots off the beets, and scrub them clean. Wrap each beet individually in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Roast in the oven until tender, about 45-60 minutes, depending on their size. Let them cool, then peel and dice into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Prepare the Dressing: While the beets are roasting, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This dressing will bring a sweet and tangy flavor that complements the beets beautifully.
  3. Assemble the Salad: Toss the salad greens in a large bowl with enough dressing to lightly coat them. Arrange the greens on plates, then top with the roasted beets, crumbled goat cheese, and toasted walnuts.
  4. Final Touches: Drizzle some more dressing over the top of each salad and garnish with fresh herbs.
  5. Serve: Enjoy this salad as a refreshing start to a meal or as a light lunch. The combination of warm beets and cool salad makes for a delightful contrast.

Additional Tips:

  • Add orange segments or dried cranberries for an extra layer of flavor.
  • For a vegan version, use a plant-based cheese alternative or simply omit the cheese.
  • Use a variety of beets for varied colors and flavors.

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Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is hands down one of the best soups! The spice from the sausage, the richness from the cream and half and half, and the light crunch from the kale make this dish a family favorite!

You’ll need:

1 lb ground hot sausage
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon flour
64 oz chicken broth
6 russet potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise and then sliced across in ¼ inch pieces
1 cup heavy cream
6 cups torn kale pieces         

To make:

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until it begins to brown. Add onion and garlic and cook until the sausage is completely cooked and the onions are translucent.

Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir to coat evenly. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add the potatoes and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Not too long – we don’t want mushy potatoes.

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream and kale. Cook for 5 minutes. Serve warm with nice, crusty bread.

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Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Romaine isn’t just for tasty salads. It makes great low-carb, crunchy bun and tortilla alternatives for tacos, burgers, and wraps like this delicious recipe. 

You’ll need:

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Sriracha, plus more for serving
3  thinly sliced scallions
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 lb ground beef
Kosher salt
Romaine lettuce
Lime wedges (for serving)

To make:

In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tbsp Sriracha. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium. Add your scallions and garlic and cook until softened (2-3 minutes). Add the chicken and season with kosher salt. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 6 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and cook for 2 minutes until liquid is almost completely reduced. Serve meat mixture in Romaine lettuce leaves with lime wedges and Sriracha. 

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Collard Greens With Bacon

Collard greens go well with just about anything. Collard greens taste like a cross between kale and cabbage and have a smooth and hearty texture. Try this savory side dish at your next meal!

You’ll need:

4 strips thick-sliced bacon, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
Several dashes of hot sauce (add more if you want more heat)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 pounds collard greens, stems removed, sliced into 3-inch-wide strips
1 cup chicken stock (or water)

To make:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon until browned around the edges. Add onion and cook until softened. 

Add the salt, pepper, sugar, hot sauce, and garlic, and cook for about one minute. 

Add the vinegar and simmer until the amount of liquid is reduced by half, stirring and scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Add the collard greens and the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temperature to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the collard greens have wilted and lost their brightness. Season to taste with additional vinegar and hot sauce.
Serve the greens with some of the juices from the pan.

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Pickled Strawberries

Pickled Strawberries

In the extremely rare case that you’re unable to eat all your Falcon Ridge Farm strawberries, here’s a good recipe for pickled strawberries. Pickled strawberries are a delicious addition to fresh salads, deserts, or as a midday snack. 

What you’ll need:

1lb firm, ripe strawberries, hulled (halved if large)
1 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup sugar
2 tbsps kosher salt
⅔ cup water
1 qt heat proof jar with lid

To make:
Put strawberries in the jar. In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, sugar, salt and ⅔ cup water to a boil over medium heat. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Allow to cool and then cover and refrigerate.

Berries are good for 5 days refrigerated. Enjoy! 

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Spicy Watermelon

Spicy Watermelon

This recipe was given to us by our marketing gal who spent some time in Los Angeles. One of her favorite treats was from a neighborhood fruit stand off Sunset Boulevard. A Latino gentleman would cut up fresh fruit like pineapple, mango and watermelon and then top it off with lime juice and chili spices. She swears it’s good so we’re going to give it a go!

You’ll need:

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • ½ lime, juiced

To make:
Mix spices together in a bowl until well blended. Put watermelon into two bowls, sprinkle evenly with spice mixture and top with lime juice. 

Give it a go and let us know what you think!

Easter Deviled Eggs

Easter Deviled Eggs

Along with being a good way to use up all those boiled Easter eggs, Deviled Eggs are a go-to appetizer for your family dinner. Add a little food coloring to make these traditional bites pop!

You’ll need:

  • 12 large eggs 
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Smoked paprika (to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 3 cups water, or as desired

To make:

If you don’t have hard-boiled eggs already, follow these steps for a quick batch. Place eggs into a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Let eggs boil for 3 minutes; turn off heat, cover pot, and let eggs cook in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and cover eggs with cold water. Peel your eggs after they’ve cooled.

Cut hard-cooked eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Mash yolks in a bowl with mayo, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika to taste, and dry mustard until smooth.

Place red, blue, and green food coloring into 3 different bowls and add about 1 cup water to each bowl. Steep 8 egg white halves in each bowl, tinting the egg whites pink, light blue, and green. If color is too pale, add more coloring to bowls. Drain colored egg whites on paper towels.

Pipe or spoon egg yolk filling into colored egg white halves; cover and chill before serving, at least 30 minutes.

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