Traditional Dandelion Salad

Dandelion greens are rank high in overall nutritional value amongst leafy greens and are loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenols, vitamins A, and C. Their antioxidant potential is of particular significance for longevity because it decreases oxidative stress (which underlies the disease process) and slows down the aging of our cells. Dandelion greens are also wonderful for protecting the liver and supporting its function as the main detoxification organ in the body, protecting us from toxins that can both age us and increase our risk of diseases.

Want to supercharge your recipe Greek style? Add sardines! They may be small in size and environmental footprint, but they are mighty in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium, and vitamin B12. The numerous health benefits of omega-3s come from their anti-inflammatory action, which helps to prevent many chronic medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease. In fact, omega-3 fatty acids can keep the LDL cholesterol in check, while increasing HDL cholesterol levels and nourishing the cardiovascular system.

This simple salad can be added to lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups dandelion leaves, chopped

 Dressing:

  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp pink or gray sea salt
  • ½ tsp honey or coconut nectar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Optional boosters:

  • 3 freshly baked sardines (use BPA-free canned if necessary)
  • Swap 1 tablespoon of the olive oil for omega-3 oil
  • ¼ cup olives, sliced

Combine garlic, lemon juice, salt, and sweetener in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Drizzle in oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified.

Place dandelion greens in a salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over greens, and toss to coat. Top with sardines if desired.

Julie Daniluk, R.H.N.

Nutritionist and TV personality, Julie Daniluk is the award-winning, bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation & Slimming Meals That Heal. Her third book, Hot Detox, was on the Canadian Bestseller’s list for 11 weeks in 2017 and is already in its second printing. Julie hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. The show is aired in 78 countries worldwide. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show. She is going into her 8th season as a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show and is a regular contributor of ‘Evolve’ with John Edward. Check out more information at juliedaniluk.com and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @juliedaniluk