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Radish, Fennel and Dandelion Salad

This salad's delicate bitter flavor is great for relaxing the liver and making us happier campers. The slightly sweet dressing offsets the bitter taste of the greens to create the perfect bite.

3-4 red radishes, very thinly sliced
umeboshi vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, thinly sliced
1 small fennel bulb, tops trimmed, 2-3 teaspoons leaves, reserved
sea salt
generous pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 bunch dandelion, rinsed very well, left whole
1 cucumber, thinly sliced on the diagonal (do not peel, unless non-organic)


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 fresh lemon
2 teaspoons brown rice syrup
3-4 sprigs fresh parsley, finely minced
sea salt

Place radishes in a shallow bowl and sprinkle generously with ume vinegar. Toss well and set aside to marinate for 10-15 minutes. Place a small amount of oil, garlic and fennel in a skillet and turn heat to medium. When the fennel begins to sizzle, add a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes and saute until the fennel is just limp, about 2 minutes. Slice dandelion into thin pieces and stir into fennel, with a light sprinkle of salt, just until it wilts, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Arrange cucumber slices around the rim of a serving platter and mound dandelion and fennel in the center. Drain radishes and sprinkle over the top. Whisk dressing ingredients together and spoon over top the salad just before serving. 

Makes 4-5 servings.  


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