Dandelion Pesto

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If I had to pick my favorite wild plant that is readily available in a grocery store produce section, it would be dandelion greens. Yes, the weed most of us yank out of our gardens!

Wild plants like dandelion greens have more antioxidants and nutrients than traditionally cultivated varieties, as they produce more phytonutrients defending themselves from their environment. This means they have more nutrition for us, and you guys know how I feel about nutrient density!

One downside to wild plants is that they tend to be much more bitter than our palates are accustomed to. With this recipe, I’ve created a tasty pesto from the greens, as keeping them raw keeps their high levels of folate and vitamin C intact. Instead of covering up, I use their strong flavor to add a spark to other dishes — like stirred into a soup, stir-fry, or as a topping for a meat dish.

Dandelion Pesto
 
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Serves: ½ cup
Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch dandelion greens
  • 1 handful cilantro or mint leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil (with an extra ¼ cup optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Wash the dandelion greens in a colander, removing any leaves or stems that are expired or wilted.
  2. Place in a food processor with the herbs, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and lemon. Process until desired consistency is reached, adding additional olive oil if the mixture is too thick.
  3. Use stirred into soups, eaten on plantain crackers, or mixed with stir-fried vegetables.

 

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos and get a glimpse of life on the farm by following her on Instagram.

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