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Detoxifying Dandelion and Bitter Greens Salad with Tarragon-Lemon Vinaigrette

Loaded with naturally detoxifying dandelion and other bitter greens, this salad will last you through the weekend. Mix in extras, such as artichoke hearts, steamed asparagus, cubed jicama or avocado, pomegranate seeds, grated celery root, basil leaves, tomatoes, and/or raw garden peas, for each serving.


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2 cups dandelion greens, thick stems trimmed
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2 cups chicory leaves, outer ribs discarded, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
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2 cups baby arugula
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1 medium Belgian endive, sliced into ½-inch-thick rings (1 cup)
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1 medium carrot, grated (½ cup)
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1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced (½ cup)
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¼ cup thinly sliced celery
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¼ cup chopped parsley

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Tarragon-Lemon Vinaigrette


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½ cup olive oil
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½ cup lemon juice
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2 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)


To make Salad:

1. Combine dandelion greens, chicory, arugula, endive, carrot, fennel, celery, and parsley in large bowl.

To make Tarragon-Lemon Vinaigrette:

2. Shake together all ingredients in small jar with tight-fitting lid.

3. Toss 1 serving of greens with just enough dressing to lightly coat leaves. Top with optional additions, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
15 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
21 g
0 mg
146 mg
8 g
5 g
Makes 4 servings

Comments on this Recipe

I heard you could eat dandelions and other things like that. It looks great and I am going to try it! is me.

I just bought all these ingredients...but can I use salt and pepper??

One time I made a detox dandelion salad from dandelion growing in my yard in early spring. Well, apparently I got something besides dandelion (thistle maybe?) and let's just say it was VERY DETOXIFYING. I am much more careful at identifying my dandelion now when I pick it and eat it!

I've never had endive or dandelion greens but they were reeeeeally bitter. Maybe they're just out of season or something, but the salad was a little too bitter for me :-

The salad is way to bitter for me. I don't think I am going to be able to finish day 1

The fennel offsets the bitterness of the greens nicely - and it helps if the carrots are in season too. I didn't care for the tarragon in the dressing though.

If you pick very young dandelion leaves it will not be so bitter, soak in cold water for a few minutes but not too long.

Thank you for this recipe - what a great cleansing dish! I featured it in my article, "5 Cleansing & Detoxifying Vegan Recipes":

When are you going to stop peddling bs? There is no such thing as "detoxifying".