If you have some of these common wild plants, weeds, and trees in your yard, you could be eating an incredibly delicious wild salad, too. I forage 24 plants from my yard. Then I show you how I turn them into an amazing salad with a wild salad dressing, too.
Even though spring is the easiest time for foraging a wild salad, there are still plenty of great wild edible plants to eat as late spring heads into summer.
The plants in order of appearance:
1. Common sowthistle – Sonchus oleraceus
2. Grand fir – Abies grandis
3. Spearmint – Mentha spicata
4. Wild field mustard – Brassica rapa
5. Wild garlic – Allium vineale
6. Chickweed – Stellaria media
7. Black locust – Robinia pseudoacacia
8. Sheep sorrel – Rumex acetosella
9. Blue Spruce – Picea pungens
10. Trailing blackberry – Rubus ursinis
11. Nipplewort – Lapsana communis
12. Cleavers – Galium aparine
13. Oregon grape – Mahonia aquifolium
14. Western Larch – Larix occidentalis
15. Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
16. Common hawthorn – Crateagus monogyna
17. English daisy – Bellis perennis
18. Hedge mustard – Sisymbrium officinale
19. Curly dock – Rumex crispus
20. Bristly hawksbeard – Crepis setosa
21. Lemon balm – Melissa officinalis
22. White clover – Trifolium repens
23. American elm – Ulmus americana
24. Bittercress – Cardamine hirsuta
Here are some tips for making a great wild salad:
1. Focus on plants that are in good condition.
2. Pick clean. Look through what you pick, as you are picking it. leave the grass, pieces of other plants, and poor-quality plant parts out in the field.
3. Pick organized – and keep everything organized until you’ve double-checked it all, back in the kitchen
4. Chop the plants into tiny pieces
5. Keep some of the wild flowers aside, to mix into the chopped greens. It all looks nicer that way.
6. Use a simple salad dressing. Let the taste of all those wild plants shine. A simple oil and vinegar mix works fine!
If you enjoy foraging wild plants, here’s my playlist – Foraging: Real Food for Regular People
If you want to eat what you forage, here are playlists about preparing your harvests:
Cooking Wild Greens – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjDsPNTAOuzlyBCCcKTvsF6L
If you like to garden, too, here are my gardening playlists:
Potatoes – An easy and productive garden crop – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjASbYda3uBGHFH57edZLEYQ
Elephant Garlic: How to get the most out of growing Elephant Garlic – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjD6dEWNXksaTcnAbkS1kV7v
Collards: How To Grow and Use ALL of Your Collard Plants – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjBIqUqGKeLPykAxctUzkjHs
Hops: How To Grow and Use ALL of Your Hop Plants – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjCCTnFEJA5-dw6TcrrHVhUY
Here are my playlists about specific wild plants:
Wild Mustard Plants – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjBY1bhUcZwxVzymmyt18ndx
Detailed ID of Wild Mushrooms – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjA-FB7HpMdpXMfI0SaiyYon
My channel: Haphazard Homestead: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcZCvPPU9dgxD0yXrc9DaPA
Music: “Fireflies and Stardust”, “Garden Music”, “Hep Cats”, “Lobby Time” and “Marty Gots a Plan” – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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