You know it's spring when the dandelions start sprouting in the yard. You might at first think "weeds," but with a little love these assertive greens can work wonders in the kitchen.
Have you ever bitten into a dandelion leaf? The flavor is tangy, even borderline bitter, with a definite texture. Consider balancing that assertiveness with something sweet or rich. Dandelions work well in a salad paired with sweet fruits and creamy cheese, and make the perfect side dish cooked with bacon or sauteed in a little rich fat or butter.
Try adding them -- cooked or raw -- to a sandwich, or folding them into a soup. The options are almost endless.
While you might consider using the greens you pull from the front lawn, it's probably the last place you want to look for dinner, considering the potential harmful effects from insecticides, treatments and traffic (not to mention if the dog has taken an interest in them first).