Wild Greens Salad

by Hugh
(Fairfax, CA)

Now this is a healthy salad, loaded with nutrition and because it is fresh from the back yard it contains enzymes and bio-photons. Wild greens contain so much more nutrition than their domesticated counter parts for several reasons. The domestication process (hybridizing) alters the original plant genes and thus the nutrient profile, and because these wild plants have struggled and grown and fought to survive they are the hardiest of plants.

I started with a small head of fresh romaine lettuce chopped in the bottom of my large bowl and then carefully chopped or tore the wild greens on top.

Here is a list of the wild greens I used for this particular salad. Looking at the picture of the greens on the cutting board and starting in the upper left corner going clockwise you have:

Lovage

Miner’s lettuce

Sow thistle

Chick weed

and in the middle is Dandelion.

If you’re interested in picking your own fresh wild greens having a book to take outdoors with you might be helpful. The book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plateby John Kallas has nice pictures and has been helpful for me in identifying the edible wild greens in my yard and the surrounding hills.

Salad Dressing

I dressed the salad with this chia ginger salad dressing which goes well with the wild greens.

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