Recipe- Dandelion Greens (“Horta” in Greek)

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Don’t let the fact that in Greek, Dandelion Greens, called Horta, translates as “grass”.  Trust me, this is the tastiest grass you’ll ever eat.  This dish is a staple in every Greek household, including mine growing up, and served with oil, garlic, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Health Benefits of Dandelion Greens: one of the most nutritious vegetables full of beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.
Nutriton analysis: 1 cup = 135 cals  (as prepared)

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Dandelion greens, 1 bunch

Olive oil, extra virgin cold pressed, 3-4 tbsp

Sea salt, to taste

Lemon juice, 1 lemon

Garlic cloves, 2, chopped or crushed

To Prepare

Cut the stems off the greens and wash thouroughly.  Place the greens in a large pot of salted boiling water for 5-10 minutes until tender.   Drain and set aside.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium low heat, then add the garlic, saute for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and add the drained greens.  Saute for another 2-3 minutes and serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and squeeze of fresh lemon.

Bon Appetit

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