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Dandelion Apple Pecan Salad with Dandelion Vinaigrette

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Dandelion Apple Pecan Salad with Dandelion Vinaigrette

Recipe by Katie Wiley
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  • Dandelion Vinegar
  • Pint -sized Mason jar (or any jar with a lid)

  • 1 cup dandelion flowers

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar

  • For Dandelion Vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup Dandelion Vinegar

  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard

  • 1 Tbs. honey

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • For Dandelion Salad
  • 5 ounces spring mix lettuce

  • Freshly picked dandelion leaves

  • 1 honey crisp apple, thinly sliced

  • 1/3 cup pecans

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced


  • For the Dandelion Vinegar
  • Place dandelions in pint-sized small mason jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar. Cover with lid and shake.
  • Store in the pantry for at least one week before use.
  • Strain out dandelions and enjoy as you would your favorite vinegar.
  • For Dandelion Vinaigrette
  • Whisk together the mustard, dandelion vinegar, honey and olive oil until thoroughly combined. The mixture will start to thicken and appear creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • For Dandelion Salad
  • Toss ingredients together in bowl with vinaigrette.

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Katie Wiley

Katie Wiley, also known as The Kitchen Wild has a strong drive to share with the world how simple, fun, and delicious foraging for wild foods can be. She calls the picturesque central Oregon coast home, and lives only a short walk from the Pacific Ocean and Alsea Bay so she’s never far from some of the most delicious and fun-to-gather foods on the planet. Whether she’s pulling up pots of Dungeness crab, catching crawfish with her bare hands or raking for cockle clams she always has her husband and three children right by her side on these adventures and hopes to inspire you to do the same.

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