warm dandelion, mint & kale liver loving salad

Warm dandelion, mint & kale salad – Spring detox & gut healing recipes

Warm Dandelion, Mint and Kale Salad

Serves 2 | Prep time 5 mins | Cook time 15 minutes


1 cup of soaked black quinoa
1/2 tin of organic black beans, drained and rinsed
Handful of green dandelion leaves, washed thoroughly – there are quite bitter so use sparingly if you’re new to them
2/3 dandelion heads, pull off the stalk and green tip and just use the yellow petals (Rinse as well as you can, they tend to wilt quickly when washed so if you’re picking from a pesticide free, pet free garden you should be fine to just leave them on the side for an hour of so and let any little bugs fly away)
2 handfuls of kale
Handful of wild garlic
2 chopped gherkins
Generous spoonful of kimchi
Sprig of mint, rinsed
Sprinkle of milk thistle powder (optional)

Gut loving dressing
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger powder (or fresh grated ginger)
1 tsb toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp qood quality extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Shot of apple cider vinegar
1 crushed garlic clove
Hot sauce (optional to taste)

Make it

Soak the quinoa in a pan for 2-3 hours before cooking if possible. With freshwater cook as per packet instructions, rinse the beans and add to the pan to heat up with the quinoa. Pop to one side when done and fluff with a fork when ready to serve.

In a salad bowl mix up the kale, wild garlic, dandelion leaves, petals, mint and milk thistle powder if using.

In a separate small bowl mix up the gut loving dressing.

Mix in the warm quinoa and beans and serve up in bowls with lashings of dressing, kimchi and gherkins.

Healing Notes

  • I’ve chosen black quinoa and black beans to help with an ear infection i had recently as they are both good for the kidney which in Traditional Chinese Medicine is linked to the ears. You can switch to suit your tastes
  • In Spring we’re still in liver season and want to focus on nourishing the liver with green, sour and bitter tasting foods
  • I add gherkins and kimchi to most meals – the sourness of the gherkins are good for the liver and both are great for the gut and a happy gut helps a multitude of things, including mood
  • The mint is cooling for the liver and milk thistle is an extra to amp up the liver loving goodness of this dish
  • The garlic and turmeric are also good for the liver
  • Dandelion a good heart medicine – be mindful of contraindications (‘don’t use if …’) you are on blood thinners, allergic to any of the ‘daisy’ family, on antibiotics. It has also been known for people with eczema to be allergic to dandelion.


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