One of the things that I love most about this time of year is the bounty of fresh greens. Everywhere you look at the farmers market, booths are exploding with baby kale, collards, perky lettuce, spinach, and dandelion greens. Dandelion greens are a bitter green that, you guessed it, come from the dandelion plant. (Yes, that same “weed” that grows in your yard makes a wonderful side dish for dinner!) You can find them in spring and early summer and most health food stores even carry them.
You could also pick your own dandelion greens, but if you do this make sure you are picking them from somewhere that has not been exposed to chemicals or pollution. It is best to avoid areas near traffic (like freeways and roads) or near train tracks. There are some great books about foraging for wild plants (I really like Wild Edibles by Sergei Boutenko). I highly recommend doing your research before getting too adventurous.