Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

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Do you have a favorite dandelion green recipe? I look forward to the first dandelions I see appear in my front yard. And, if you enjoy cooking dandelion greens, chances are you do too.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

Cooking Dandelion Greens

Cooking dandelion greens is actually very simple. For the most part, I don’t even use a recipe. I just toss the greens, some oil, and some garlic or seasonings and saute until wilted.  Check out my dandelion green recipe below.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

How do you season dandelion greens?

So, you can season dandelion greens much the same way you would season spinach when you saute it. My preference is onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. I occasionally toss in some grated Parmesan cheese. If you want to eat them fresh, this Dandelion Salad with Eggs and Bacon from Vibrant Plate sounds delicious. Or, this Dandelion Puntarelle Salad from Bacon is Magic uses a Burnt Onion Syrup that sounds amazing.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

Do you eat the stems of dandelion greens?

Yes, all of the dandelion is edible, stems included. If you pick the dandelion greens when the plant is young (before the flowers open), the stems are just as tender as any other part of the leaf. If you are harvesting an older plant, you may want to snap off the very end of the leaf. Make sure that you use the buds in this Dandelion Capers recipe from Practical Self Reliance.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

What can I do with fresh dandelion greens?

You can eat them as is from the front yard. Just make sure to wash them first. You can use them the same way you would lettuce. They are great in a garden salad. Or, add a few to your sandwich in place of lettuce. Why not try them in this Dandelion Salad with Balsamic Strawberries and Onions from Umami Girl. Next, you can try Dandelion Pesto from Learning and Yearning.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

How to clean dandelion greens

Before you eat your dandelion greens, you should wash them under cool water the same way you’d wash lettuce. When picking dandelion greens, never pick them from near the road. You never know how much car exhaust will end up on them. And, never pick from a yard that may use pesticides. That’s not something you want to eat. So, I stick to picking them from my own yard.

If you’re tired of dandelion greens in your salad, why not try making these Dandelion Egg Noodles from Homespun Seasonal Living.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

Paleo dandelion greens recipe

So, if you’re looking for a paleo dandelion greens recipe, simply leave out the parmesan cheese. Everything else in this recipe is allowed on the paleo diet. For more paleo recipes, check out my Mediterranean Spaghetti.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

How to pick dandelion greens

So, when I pick dandelion greens, I do not remove the root system unless it’s somewhere in my yard I don’t want it. I have no problem leaving the dandelions to grow in my yard each year. But, I do not want them mixed in with my herbs or vegetables.

Or, if you have a few dandelion flowers available, why not try them in this Dandelion Iced Tea recipe from Canadian Cooking Adventures.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

How to saute dandelion greens

First, check out my recipe below to learn how to saute dandelion greens. Next, check out this Dandelion Greens Saute with Bacon and Raisins from Savory Spin. Or, learn how to make Minestra from Christina’s Cucina. It uses a variety of greens.

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

Dandelion green recipe

Yields 4 servings

Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens

If you look forward to spring's first dandelions, you'll want to try this easy dandelion greens recipe!

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound dandelion greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Discard dandelion green roots; wash greens well in salted water.
  2. Cut leaves into 2-inch pieces.
  3. Cook greens uncovered in small amount of salted water until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Saute onion and garlic in oil.
  5. Drain greens; add to onion garlic mixture.
  6. Taste dandelion greens and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve dandelion greens with grated Parmesan cheese.



741 cal


58 g


49 g


13 g
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