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Easy & Healthy Patience Dock Green Salad Recipe

Updated on July 16, 2011

Patience dock, a garden herb known as Rumex patientia is a European dock of the buckwheat family whose leaves are most commonly used as a vegetable and makes a very healthy vegetarian salad.

This coarse weedy plant has a long taproot used as a potherb. Patience dock plants usually measure from about 40-100 cm tall and has oval shaped leaves with pink colored flowers bearing small fruits that resembles like plums.  This perennial plant usually grows on plains and in humid areas.  Many of these plants are native to Europe and are commonly used as a vegetable from early spring till late fall. Generally, only the leaves of the plant are consumed which almost tastes like those of spinach leaves.

Below is a healthy salad recipe made with patience dock leaves mixed with cucumbers fresh onions, tomatoes, etc. Patience dock with cucumber salad makes a truly healthy vegetarian salad.

"Patience Dock with Cucumber Salad"
"Patience Dock with Cucumber Salad" | Source

Here’s one very easy yet so healthy Patience Dock garden herb salad recipe to make one at home:


  • 1 medium size onion
  • 2 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of pepper
  • a pinch of salt


Wash all the vegetables thoroughly over cold running water.

Peel the onions, slice thinly, then add in the mixing bowl.

Chop the patience dock leaves and drain with a green salad spinner.

Chop the tomatoes and green pepper and put in the mixing bowl. Mix all vegetables together and toss them all in a salad bowl.

To prepare the salad dressing, mix the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir.

Drizzle the salad dressing over the vegetables in the salad bowl.

Makes 2 servings.

Afiyet olsun! (Have a good appetite!)

Patience dock plant growing in our backyard.
Patience dock plant growing in our backyard. | Source

Health Benefits of Patience Dock

Patience dock is rich in vitamins and mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. Its leaves are easily digested and are mostly recommended in treating various afflictions such as dermatologic, hepatic and hematologic disorders. Patience dock has also been recommended for alleviating diabetes, rheumatism, tuberculosis, ulcer, cough as well as in treating anemia.

Note: This plant is known as "labada" in Turkish and usually grows largely in the towns of Ankara, especially in Polatli due to its very wide plains with a suitable humid temperature especially in the early spring.


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    • nifty@50 profile image

      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Beautiful hub! Nicely written!

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      OnlineHub 7 years ago from Fresno, CA, USA

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful Easy & Healthy Patience Dock Salad recipe. I like reading this article and I'm glad that you wrote this one. 5* plus recommendation!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sounds and looks awesome!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Looks so colorful and healthy. Nice share.