Most people know me as a meat and fish guy, but I love working with greens and herby things every bit as much — especially in springtime. What follows are my favorite recipes for greens like nettles, wild green onions, wild mustards, etc. Not all are vegetarian, but all can be made so easily.
And while I am at it, here’s my go-to method for cooking greens:
- Wash and chop.
- Saute in olive oil (or bacon fat) with salt, garlic, chile and maybe a little broth or wine.
- Cook over high heat and toss around until the greens are wilted by still vivid. Serve at once.
Use that basic recipe for dandelions, wild lettuces and chicories, amaranth, lamb’s quarters, pigweed, New Zealand spinach, sea rocket, orache and basically any other edible leafy green you find in the wild.
How to Harvest Wild Onions
Foraging for Wild Greens: Dandelions, Wild Lettuces, Chicories
Wild Herbs: Monardella Mints
Foraging for Fennel Seeds
Foraging for Curly Dock
Wild Rapini with Orecchiette and Garlic
Borage and Ricotta Ravioli
Ramp Pasta with Morels
Other Starchy Dishes
Italian Spinach Dumplings
Chinese Scallion Pancakes
Wild Greens Colcannon
Ricotta-Herb Gnocchi with Carrot Broth
Spring Ramp Risotto
Ramp and Parsley Pesto (hosted on Simply Recipes)