Today was a glorious day, so I spent part of it outside puttering in yard. I noticed my parsley bed was huge and needed to be cut immediately. While I was harvesting it I spied a gigantic young dandelion plant* in the center of the bed. Being the hipster that I am (not) I thought a big dandelion might equal lunch, so I brought it in the house to prepare to eat.
I washed it well, then tore it into bite size pieces and plated it. A half of a tomato and about a quarter of a Texas sweet onion in cut large julienne strips went on top of it. I tried topping it with a drizzle of oil and vinegar with ground pepper and a dash of salt. After tasting it, I found it too bitter for my liking so I topped it with a little Ken's raspberry walnut vinaigrette dressing. The sweetness in the dressing offset the bitterness of the greens and created a really nice lunch salad. After reading about them I understand the closer they are to blooming the more bitter they will become. This one had not yet bloomed and it was still fairly bitter so I think the blooming ones might be almost inedible.
If you have any dandelions growing in a place untouched by pets or pesticides you might want to try this. * These were in a raised bed the dog doesn't bother and is not sprayed with chemicals, so I felt safe eating it.