Dandelion Greens with Preserved Lemons

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Dandelion Greens with Preserved Lemons
I love dandelion greens! These delectable bitters are chock-full of potassium, vitamins A, C, K, folate, and choline. In herbal medicine, we use them as a classic bitter tonic to stimulate digestion and gallbladder activity, and to decongest the liver. In some people, they have a notable diuretic effect, making them useful for those who tend to get puffy with stress, inflammation, or hormonal changes. They are a perfect cleansing food. Their bitterness can vary tremendously, so I recommend tasting a corner of a leaf before purchasing if you’ve never tried them, and are thinking about eating them raw. I try to eat a dandelion leaf per day in spring and early summer. Cooking attenuates the bitterness, and preserved lemon adds a savory, rich acidity. If you’re eating nightshades, I recommend adding Warm Pepper Flakes from All Star Organics Farm in Marin to this recipe. Fabulous.
  1. Rinse the dandelion greens well, or soak and agitate in cold water (sometimes they are quite dirty!)
  2. Roughly chop the greens
  3. Mince the preserved lemon
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan
  5. Add garlic cloves and warm pepper flakes, if using. Stir for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add greens and sauté until lightly wilted. Add the minced preserved lemon and continue to sauté until the greens are fully wilted and a bright, dark green. Remove from heat and serve. Preserved lemons are quite salty—but you can add salt to taste.
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