Purslane Salad

Posted by Brette in Food

PurslaneSalad3Purslane was part of our latest CSA share. I’d never had it before. This small green is actually considered a weed, but it’s edible. I was game to try it. After some noodling around on the web, I decided to just go with a simple salad (you can see the purslane best up at the top left of the photo – the small leaves). I cleaned the purslane and stripped most of it from its stems which I didn’t want to eat. I mixed it with an equal portion of other salad greens, then I cut up some black cherries to add to the salad. I mixed up a simple vinaigrette with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, herbs, a bit of sugar and some garlic and dressed it with that.

The purslane has a mild flavor. It’s a milky, juicy kind of green. I didn’t mind it, but I wasn’t wildly excited about it either. I would probably skip it in favor of other greens, but it’s nice to be familiar with something that grows wild and is free for the foraging if you ever come across it. Have you ever tried purslane?

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