Cultivated dandelion greens are a bit milder than their wild cousins, but they still have some bite--easily tamed with bacon and cheese in this salad.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Combine goat cheese, vinegar and maple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Add 1/4 cup oil and tomatoes and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tarragon.

  • To prepare salad: Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Crumble when cool. Wipe out the pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil and onion and cook, stirring, over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

  • When the bacon and onion are cool, toss them in a large bowl with dandelion greens (or arugula), spinach, Parmesan and 1/2 cup dressing. Drizzle more dressing over each serving, if desired. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup dressing for up to 3 days.)


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 1) for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

about 2 cups
377 calories; protein 13.7g; carbohydrates 49.3g; dietary fiber 6.3g; sugars 4.1g; fat 15.8g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 10.8mg; vitamin a iu 4468.2IU; vitamin c 18.2mg; folate 53.2mcg; calcium 152.9mg; iron 3.2mg; magnesium 77.4mg; potassium 376.9mg; sodium 359.6mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 3 fat