Purslane salad

I went to the Evanston Farmer’s market on Saturday with my daughter Rachel. It made me so happy to be there and see all of the beautiful food. I bought all sorts of greens–lamb’s quarter, kale, sorrel, and dandelion greens. We cooked the dandelion greens in a red curry sauce with some of the other greens, but they were too bitter for everyone except my brother Andrew, who is visiting, and me. But tonight I made a purslane salad to go with the potato and mushroom (both from the farmer’s market) frittata we had for dinner. I was too hungry to take any pictures, but I will borrow some.
Here is what purslane looks like:

purslane

Purslane used to grow wild (that is, it was a weed) in the garden of my old house. I used to pick it then and add it to salads, but this is the first time I used it as the main ingredient. Purslane is high in omega 3’s–it can have as much as fish oil, it also has a lot of vitamins C and A. You can read more about purslane here.

Anyhow, here is the recipe. It probably serves 4. There were 5 of us at dinner tonight and we polished it off and probably could have eaten more, if there was any.

Purslane Salad:
Ingredients:
1 bunch purslane
3 radishes
2 scallions
1/2 sweet pepper (orange looks pretty)
1-2 lemons
3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste

Instructions:

1. Remove purslane leaves from large stem in small bunches or individually
2. halve and thinly slice the radishes
3. thinly slice the scallions
4. Cut the pepper into 3-4 strips and then thinly slice
5. Toss the vegetables together
6. Add the juice of one lemon, 3 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
7. Mix together, taste, and add more lemon juice, oil and salt as desired.

Enjoy!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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