I have a basic recipe fort smoothies that I embellish on with various things (such as dandelion leaves). I use frozen strawberries, a banana, and kefir and then add other ingredients as desired. This time I used cucumber and basil.
Cucumber Basil Smoothie
4-5 slices cucumber
1 full banana
2 leaves of basil
a handful of frozen strawberries
about 1/2 a cup kefir (don’t bother measuring, just know more kefir = more liquid smoothie)
It was really good. Very cooling on a summer day. There was first the taste of strawberry and then the after taste of basil. The cucumber adds a bit of froth and coolness to the smoothie.
I know most people don’t really care for dandelions. They’re a weed right? In my opinion any plant that doesn’t have a use is a weed. Like grass. But that’s for another post.
I have heard about many uses for dandelion, the root can be roasted like coffee, the sap can be used as a glue, and there are medicinal uses for the flower.
The leaves can also be used. They can be eaten just like salad greens. Now, I’m not a fan of straight salad, maybe it was too much bland iceberg in my youth, but I still want to get the nutrients from the greens. So my solution is to put them in smoothies. I’ve done this already with a variety of lettuce, spinach, cilantro, and celery greens. But this was the first time with dandelion.
I picked some leaves off a plant in the yard. I made sure to only get the greenest and avoid any with obvious rot or bug holes. I washed the leaves well in the sink and patted them dry. Remember when picking the leaves, the sap can be used as glue, so it can get a little sticky.
I made this smoothie with a variety of fruit, almond milk, and the dandelion greens. It was yummy. If you’ve never had greens in a smoothie, you may want to ease into it. Start with just a little and slowly add more as you get used to the taste. Also consider using stronger flavored fruits to help ‘hide’ the taste. This is the recipe I used, but feel free to experiment with different fruits, different greens, and different liquids. Just keep in mind my quick list of healthy smoothie tips.
About 5 large frozen strawberries
About half of an avocado that I had frozen earlier
A few small pieces of pineapple
A splash of almond milk
Dandelion greens to taste