Foraging in My Yard: Wild Salad from 24 Plants of Late Spring & Early Summer

By | June 2, 2018

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 –

Wild Salads –

If you like to garden, too, here are my gardening playlists:

Potatoes – An easy and productive garden crop –

Elephant Garlic: How to get the most out of growing Elephant Garlic –

Collards: How To Grow and Use ALL of Your Collard Plants –

Hops: How To Grow and Use ALL of Your Hop Plants –

In the Garden –

Here are my playlists about specific wild plants:

Dandelions –

Wild Mustard Plants –

Elderberry –

Spruce Trees –

Redbud Trees –

Detailed ID of Wild Mushrooms –


My channel: Haphazard Homestead:


Music: “Fireflies and Stardust”, “Garden Music”, “Hep Cats”, “Lobby Time” and “Marty Gots a Plan” – Kevin MacLeod (
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