Assertive Green Salad with Ramps, Bacon and Blue Cheese

April 30, 2010

Author Notes:

There is nothing bashful about this's full of assertive flavors, hence the title. If you don't like/can't find organic dandelion greens, you can substitute your favorite greens (dandelion greens are incredibly nutritious, though, so do give them a try, if possible).


Serves: 1-2



  • 3 strips bacon, preferably pastured and preservative-free
  • 8 ramps, bottom white parts only
  • 4 cups chopped organic dandelion greens
  • 1 cup chopped organic parsley
  • 3 tablespoons Cashel Blue Irish Farmhouse cheese


  • juice from 1/2 fresh lemon, preferably a Meyer lemon
  • 1/4 cup best olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 ramps, bottom white parts only, minced
  • pinch of sea salt
In This Recipe



  1. Cook the bacon in a hot skillet until crisp on both sides. Remove to a towel to drain and cool. Leave the hot bacon fat in the pan over medium heat.
  2. Toss the ramps into the hot bacon fat. Allow to cook for a minute or two, until nicely browned on all sides. Remove and allow to cool, then crumble into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Coursely chop the ramps and mix in a medium bowl with the greens, parsley, and crumbled bacon. Set aside while you make the dressing.


  1. Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and then pour over the salad. Crumble the blue cheese over the salad and serve.

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7 Reviews

mrslarkin May 1, 2010
Yum. I love bitter greens.This sounds and looks fabulous.
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WinnieAb May 1, 2010
I had this for dinner last night and just loved it. You do have to be ok with the bitter flavor, though, which I also enjoy...then I followed it up with one of my rhubarb custards. Bitter to sweet ;)
saenyc May 1, 2010
wow, i love everything about this salad, especially the name!
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WinnieAb May 1, 2010
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WinnieAb April 30, 2010
NB- they can be very strong. I've found that the ones I've gathered from my lawn in the past were particularly bitter; the bunch I purchased and made this salad with were less so. I think any greens will work fine though- use what you like!
NakedBeet April 30, 2010
Great! I actually couldn't find any ramps in my local market but got some chinese leeks instead. I think they're a tad milder. I also like how you use the ramps in both the dressing and the salad, putting them to use completely!
NakedBeet April 30, 2010
I cooked up some dandelion greens once and was stumped by the flavor. I couldn't tell if I didn't cook it long enough or if I just didn't like the flavor. I love this "assertive" salad, but do you think escarole might work in place of the dandelions?