Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Dandy Salad and A Review

Springtime means dandelion salad at my house. Dandelions are one of the best spring tonics. They are loaded with potassium and calcium, and are great for detoxifying the liver and kidneys. I had already planned to make a salad with them when this arrived at my house-


The wonderful folks at Nuts Online sent me these Turkish Figs to sample and review. They also threw in a sample of their Gourmet Muesli, which looks yummy, but I haven't tried it yet. Now let me be clear- I am not an affiliate of theirs, and do not recieve anything from them if you order from them. They simply sent me this free sample to review as I saw fit. And I am giving it a huge thumbs up!! Their shipping was extremely fast, it was well packaged, and the figs are out of this world. I am a fig lover, they are a great source of fiber, potassium and calcium. They are a very healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth, which I readily acknowledge that I have. I often eat fruit as a dessert. I also like to carry healthy snacks with me when I know I will be out for long periods of time, and these figs along with some nuts are perfect for that.  This photo illustrates exactly why I adore these figs-

 At the top of the plate are the organic figs I normally buy. At the bottom of the plate are the Turkish Figs from Nuts Online.   You can easily see how small and dry my regular figs are and how large, moist and amazing the Turkish Figs are. They have won me over and I will be purchasing all of my figs from them from now on. They also sell a variety of other products from chia seeds to quinoa that I look forward to trying now that I know how high their quality is.  

I knew I wanted to add some fruit to my dandelion salad, and once these figs arrived I knew they were the perfect thing. A little sweetness to balance out the bitter greens. This is a salad I will be making again.

Dandelion Fig Salad

For Salad Combine:

2 c. dandelion greens
2 figs, cut into quarters
3 walnuts, chopped
1 T. dried unsweetened cranberries

For dressing combine:

juice of 1 orange
1 tsp. raspberry balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard

The salad serves one, I had dressing left over for at least one or two more salads because I don't like my salad to be swimming in dressing.


Fayinagirl (means Free One) April 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

You know, I have never tried dandelion greens. Don't know why. Now I think I NEED to try them. You salad looks SO yummy. =)

VivaciousVegan April 28, 2010 at 8:03 PM  

Janet this looks lovely!!!
I have never had dried figs before...well other than fig
I posted a sald with no name, wanna help name it??

Wendy April 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

That sounds so yummy! We've been eating a lot dandelion greens this year, too.

Rose April 28, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

Those figs look amazing. This salad is a wonderful combination...the dressing sounds especially delicious. Thanks for the recipe; it will definitely go into my recipe collection.

Kat April 29, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

Do you buy your dandelion greens or do you pick them from your yard? Your blog is an inspiration! Would you ever consider adding a free FeedBurner "subscribe via email" button for people like me, who prefer email subscriptions and don't use a Reader program? Just wondering, as I'd love to sub here! Thanks!

janet April 29, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

JulieLynn, thanks! I think you'll like dandelions if you try them, they are only mildly bitter, not as bitter as arugula.

Brandi, figs are amazing, you should try them! I am on my way over now!

Wendy, thanks for your comment! Dandelions are so yummy aren't they?! It's nice to know others enjoy them too.

Vegan Epicurean April 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM  


If this is a duplicate please ignore. I commented earlier but haven't seen it come through yet.

We adore dandelion greens. I always say it must be an Italian thing. I love the slight bitterness they have. They are may favorite salad green. Gorgeous salad, and the figs must make it taste fabulous.


janet April 29, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

Rose, thanks, the dressing was good. I don't always use dressing on my salads- I often add orange or clementine segments to my salad and they are juicy enough that I don't need any dressing.

Kat, thankyou so much for the kind comment and suggestion. I will try to figure out how to add a feedburner button to make things easier for you. I am always open to suggestions, so thanks!
I grow some dandelions in my yard, but I also purchase them at the healthfood store and Meijers occasionally.

Alicia, no, this was not a duplicate comment, but I noticed a few comments have been lost this week, not sure what is going on. Thanks for the kind words. I love dandelions too, arugula is just a little too bitter for me, so I have to mix it with other greens, but dandelion is milder so it's just perfect to me. And I love how nutritious it is. And the figs really satisfy me sweet tooth;)

blessedmama April 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

We always have a few dandelions growing in our front yard, and I've always been afraid to eat them even though I've heard good news. Not afraid in the poison sense, just in the "is it going to taste good?" sense. We love figs too! Those look great.

janet April 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

Blessedmama, don't be afraid, they do taste good:)

blessedmama April 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

I will (sniffle), Janet, I will, by golly!

mangocheeks May 2, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

I've never eaten dandylions and have been encouraged by many people to do so. I have some growing inmy garden, a few days ago because of my perception of them being bitter a bit like endive. I put a pot over one of the growing danylions, I am hoping to taste it in the next few days.

janet May 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

mangocheeks, they are slighty bitter, but less so than arugula. I hope you like them!

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