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Top 10 most delicious wild food foraging recipes - #2. Dandelion & Rocket salad with Halloumi

Updated on July 19, 2012

Forage dandelions from your own garden or nearby park and make this straightforward and delicious salad in minutes.

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Many people view dandelions as a weed. However, they should be viewed more as a food opportunity as they contain amazing amounts Vitamin A.

The best dandelions leaves are the smaller, younger ones. Use the older (after blanching) for soups.

Also avoid picking dandelion leaves which grow near a busy road as they absorb vehicle fumes.

Forage for dandelions and benefit from their amazing vitamin A content
Forage for dandelions and benefit from their amazing vitamin A content | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 2


  • 100ml/3 fl oz Olive oil
  • 25ml/1fl oz white wine vinegar
  • ½ lemon lemon (juice of)
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • For the Salad:
  • large handful handful of young dandelion leaves
  • small handful rocket leaves
  • 80g / 3oz halloumi cheese
  • Drop olive oil


  1. Make the dressing by whisking the oil, vinegar and lemon juice together in a bowl. Add the sugar and season to taste.
  2. Wash and clean the dandelion and rocket leaves and dry on kitchen towel paper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the halloumi over a medium heat until crisp.
  4. When the halloumi is crisp, drain on a piece of kitchen towel paper and cut into smaller pieces.
  5. Keep the halloumi warm.
  6. Dress the salad leaves with the dressing and toss well in a bowl.
  7. To serve, place the salad leaves on plates, and arrange the halloumi pieces over the top.


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    • toomuchmint profile image

      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      The first year I planted rocket, it was the most annoying weed ever. It was long and straggly, and it always seemed to be reaching across the garden path.

      I made a point of eating it so it would go away. I put rocket leaves on everything - chopped and sauteed as a pasta topping, raw on burgers and sandwiches, whole in salads.

      Now it's gone, and I miss it's spicy flavor. I especially miss it when it costs $2.49 a pound. :-)

      Free food is the best food! Great hub.