Oh the benefits of Dandelion…

The common dandelion is looked upon by most as a weed and an annoyance, but dandelion should be looked upon as a garden green high in vitamins A, C, E and B complex, iron, calcium and potassium as well.  We enjoy dandelion salads, cooked greens and our most favorite is dandelion salad topped with hot bacon dressing.

All parts of the common dandelion are edible.  The younger the plant the less bitter the greens.  You can mix the greens in a blender with tomato juice for a cold drink high in vitamins.  For those of you with spicy taste buds you could also add Worchestershire sauce or Tobasco sauce.  It is known to make a pale yellow wine and is great in tea.

The plant is known for it’s many medicinal purposes as well.  It has been used to treat liver, urinary tract and digestive problems.  The roots have been reported to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, to lower blood pressure, to reduce inflammation, to have anti-microbial effects and to aid weight loss.  This is just a few useful tidbits on the common dandelion, but I highly suggest that you try it in your salads, teas and especially with the hot bacon dressing below…   Blessings….

Hot Bacon Dressing
Recipe Type: Dressing
Author: Klinger & Trayer Families
Hot Bacon Dressing is best on dandelion greens, but works well on any greens
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 3/4 C vinegar
  • 3/4 C water
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 LB of cooked and crumbled bacon (more if you so choose)
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a sauce pan and heat on the stove while stirring and thickening.
  2. Pour over fresh dandelion, mix well and enjoy…


Tammy Trayer is an author, freelance writer, blogger at TrayerWilderness.com and a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live traditionally off-grid and have a passion to help educate others by sharing their experiences of living off the land, dealing with autism, gluten free and dairy free cooking, self-reliance, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, and much more. Follow Tammy's radio show on iTunes and her website. Keep up with Tammy's informative articles and videos by subscribing to: http://TrayerWilderness.com and http://trayerwilderness.com/youtube. She and her family have also created http://trayerwildernessacademy.com where they will be teaching their homesteading, off-grid, traditional and wilderness survival skills to like-minded people just like you.

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