Bump up your nutrition with this Wild Green Salad recipe. It contains a variety of greens including what you can forage in your own backyard!
Foraging edible plants is a valuable resource for anyone looking to add more nutrition and variety to their diet. Adding wild foods to your diet will give your body nutrients and enzymes that it craves.
What are wild edible greens? This is the easiest wild edible to forage for as you will typically have at least one edible growing in your own backyard. These are naturally abundant plants that have received the title of “weeds” because they are those persistent plants that grow in our gardens.
These weeds, aka wild foods, are highly nutritious, free for the taking, and easy to use. Some of these plants are more nutritious than spinach.
Several of my favorites are purslane, lambs quarters, dandelion and mallow. I can find all of them in my garden. Once you have identified them, you can easily grow them in a pot and pick them to use in your smoothies or salads.
Wild Green Salad Recipe
If you are like me, it is not uncommon to throw a salad together with what you have in your refrigerator. This recipe includes one base greens: romaine lettuce or kale. All of the other ingredients can be mixed and matched to your preference and what is in your fridge or backyard.
1 head Romaine, chopped or 6 1 bunch of Kale, de-veined and chopped
2 Tbps red onion, chopped
2 Tbps Sunflower seeds
1 Red bell pepper, chopped
Optional: tomato, olives, carrot, frozen peas
Add a handful of any of the above greens.
Maple Balsamic Dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
You can also add fresh veggies, edible flowers, dried cherries or seeds. Creating a delicious salad that is super nutritious just takes a few gems to give your body what it needs.