In this springtime salad, dandelion greens (or spinach, if you prefer) are tossed with a warm roasted garlic dressing, tangy goat cheese and toasted pine nuts for melt-in-your-mouth results.

Ellen Ecker Ogden
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins


Roasted Garlic Dressing


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Squeeze roasted garlic pulp into a blender or food processor (discard the skins). Add oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper and blend or process until smooth.

  • To prepare salad: Transfer the dressing to a small saucepan and place over medium heat until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shallot and simmer until the shallot is softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Place dandelion greens (or spinach) in a large salad bowl. Pour the warm dressing over the greens and toss until they are wilted and coated. Add pine nuts and goat cheese and toss again, slightly melting the cheese with the warm greens. Season with pepper.


How To Roast Garlic
Rub off the excess papery skin from 1 large head of garlic without separating the cloves. Slice the tip off the head, exposing the ends of the cloves. Place the garlic on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and wrap into a package. Bake at 400°F in a small baking dish until the garlic is very soft, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Unwrap and let cool slightly before using.

Tip: To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; protein 6.2g 12% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 21.6g 33% DV; saturated fat 4.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 6.5mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 8593.9IU 172% DV; vitamin c 30.5mg 51% DV; folate 29mcg 7% DV; calcium 178.5mg 18% DV; iron 3.4mg 19% DV; magnesium 54.8mg 20% DV; potassium 444.6mg 13% DV; sodium 201.3mg 8% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 20% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
I loved this salad. I wasn't sure what to expect since it is quite different to the many salads I have made never having made a roasted garlic dressing. It was delightful. I will definitely make this one again as it would be nice to serve for lunch or dinner guests as well. Read More
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Excellent salad for dandelion greens Simply perfect just the way it is! Read More
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Such a delicious salad We made this salad this weekend using regular lettuce in place of the dandelion greens and it was so good! The dressing is really amazing and the whole combination is great. I would totally make it again. Read More