I spotted this glorious dandelion in my back yard as I was working in the garden yesterday. I like to leave part of my property wild because it attracts plants, birds and insects that wouldn’t otherwise find their way to my little piece of land, and let’s my garden take care of me in unexpected ways.
You see, plants that grow on land that you care for sense your presence and love, and create energies and nutrient profiles that are specific to your health needs. It’s truly God’s pharmacy, given absolutely free. All it takes is a heart that can open to all forms of life, and a willingness to let go of a teeny bit of control.
When I saw this dandelion, and tasted a few of its tender leaves I couldn’t wait to incorporate it into a salad. I created this simple one that I know I will continue enjoying for days to come. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
To grow tender not-too-bitter dandelions on your property:
- Let some of your garden area be wild. Clear the earth and let what comes, come! I like the look of wild patches, but because some people in your household may not, you may want to pick an area that’s away from the house, perhaps toward the back of the property. This is how I got nettles, garlic mustard (both of which I use in pesto), bull thistle (which gold finches love), sow thistle (I put this in my smoothies), mullein (these stately plants are garden protectors), and more.
- When the dandelion show up you might want to take the flowers off so they don’t take over your garden.
- Give them space, water and good soil just like any plant, although they aren’t too fussy.
- They will come back year after year in the same spot getting larger each time… isn’t that great? A plant that is wonderful for your liver and overall health and comes back year after year with zero effort on your part.
1 cup chopped dandelion leaves
1 cup other lettuce, or more dandelion (I used sorrel, another perennial salad green)
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 Tbs slice red onion, green onions or chives
1 orange, peeled and chopped
1 Tbs hemp hearts
salt to taste
Toss together and enjoy! Serves 1 as a salad meal.
If you’re wondering if I forgot the oil in the recipe, I did not! As you toss it, the avocado and orange will get together and create a light dressing. The blood and liver need less oil to do their jobs properly.