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Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad

Dandelions are more than the scourge of your lawn-they're ingredients. Whether you're looking to be a little more "green" or simply want to exact revenge on the damnable weed that choked out your Kentucky bluegrass, rather than reaching for the Roundup you might try bringing dandelions into your kitchen instead.

4 cups dandelion leaves

4 cups romaine lettuce leaves

2 cups diced tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped chives

1/4 cup chive flowers

1 cup chopped dandelion flowers

For dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon tamari

2 tsp. lime juice

Wash and dry both lettuce and dandelion leaves. Put leaves, tomatoes and chives in a large bowl and toss. Add the dressing and garnish with chive and dandelion flowers.

Some caveats: Dandelion leaves can be bitter, so the taste isn't for everyone. Also, you have to be careful about eating dandelions, as they can trigger allergy attacks, especially in those with latex allergies. (Lou Boyd moment: Apparently dandelions were harvested during World War II for their latex, which was used to make rubber.) Oh yeah-and obviously, dandelions from chemically treated lawns should not be eaten.

-Sara Beitia and Amy Atkins