I remember my father used to spend hours to digging out dandelions by the root and I always thought of them as one of the most ‘annoying’ weeds that find a way to spread in your yard. Then I came across them in the grocery story and decided it was time to experiment with different ways to prepare and use them. Dandelion greens are the most nutritious leafy vegetable that you can buy, slightly bitter and earthy. Cultivated dandelion greens from the store are less bitter than the wild ones, but in both cases taste great when properly prepared. Blanching them first for few minutes will help to get rid of some of the bitterness. Pairing them with salty Parmesan cheese, nuts and red wine vinegar will compliment the taste. Divide any pesto leftovers into portions and keep in on hand in the freezer. I served these chicken skewers with wild rice and a side of garden salad. This pesto is also great with pasta, scramble eggs or flat bread.
I often like to experiment with different kind of salsas. I made this salsa for my Kalua pork tacos. I was thinking that apple mango salsa would be a great choice for pork tacos. This crunchy fruit salsa comes together with diced mango and apple. Toss it with lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno for a tangy side dish.