Assertive Green Salad with Ramps, Bacon and Blue Cheese

By WinnieAb
April 30, 2010
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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).WinnieAb

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
  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.


  • 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
  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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