Clean Eating Red Dandelion Quinoa Salad Recipe

This clean eating red dandelion quinoa salad is a delicious blend of sweet and bitter flavors with a heartiness sure to fill you up.

The most undervalued and underutilized flavor in cooking is the bitter flavor. Most people associate bitterness with something that tastes bad. But nothing could be further from the truth. If cooked properly, bitterness in food can be quite delicious. I promise!

A single, white bowl filled with this Clean Eating Red Dandelion Quinoa Salad sits on a gray, wood background. You can see the bits of shallots and raisins mixed into the quinoa with the greens.


  • Red dandelion greens are actually not dandelion greens at all. They are related to chickory and are also known as Italian dandelion.
  • They have lots of vitamins such as K, A, C, calcium and iron.
  • Contains omega 3 and 6.
  • They have a bitter flavor that is easily balanced in cooking when paired with something sweet (like I did in the recipe below)
  • Goes great with pastas and in soups.


  • Pairs well with most main course meats.
  • Makes a plant based meal all by itself.
  • Has a nice balance of bitter and sweet.
  • Packs and travels well for lunch the next day.
  • Probably not too kid friendly unless your kid(s) grew up eating bitter greens and likes them.

This clean eating red dandelion quinoa salad recipe is truly for those who love their greens and value the nutrition they provide. The bitterness is not overpowering and is nicely balanced with the raisins and apples. It could potentially be a bit of a “culinary adventure” for somebody who has never had bitter greens before, but it’s worth the effort. Yum!


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Clean Eating Red Dandelion Quinoa Recipe

Clean Eating Red Dandelion Quinoa Salad

A deliciously different quinoa salad for adventurous tastebuds.
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Course: Grains, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 cups (approximate)
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped red dandelion
  • ½ cup shallots (minced)
  • 3 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup golden raisins (3/4 cup if you want more sweetness - you can add this later)
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (cooked in vegetable broth to package directions)


  • Cook quinoa separately, substituting vegetable broth for the water called for in the package directions. When done, allow to cool. (Cook approximately 2 cups dry)
  • In a large skillet, warm the oil.
  • Stir in the red dandelion and shallots and cook until the dandelion is wilted and the shallots are lightly browned.
  • At the last minute, stir in the garlic and continue to sauté for approximately 1 minutes, or until the garlic just barely begins to turn brown. Remove from heat immediately.
  • Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2805IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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