Hairy Bittercress, Dandelion & Papaya Salad

A wonderfully sensual dish combining the exquisite sweetness of Papaya with the pepperiness of Hairy Bittercress and the gentle flavour of mild Dandelion greens.

I picked up some out of date Papayas the other day. Out of date in the sense they were still green and I had to ripen them up to their golden pinky-orange. I scoffed one of them, and as the delicate scent overloaded my olfactory system, I realised that Hairy Bittercress would go perfect with Papaya.

So off I traipsed to the woods, and harvested the Hairy Bittercress, then on my way home nibbled on Dandelions, only harvesting the ones with a mild flavour and that hadn’t yet developed too much bitterness.

All in all, a pretty fine recipe. Quick, simple and just what my body needs this time of the year (Spring).

Hairy Bittercress Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 ripe Papayas
  • 2 large handfuls of Hairy Bittercress
  • 2 large handfuls of Dandelion greens
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Hairy Bittercress Recipe Instructions

  1. Spoon out the Papaya into a bowl, making sure to remove the seeds first!
  2. Chop the Hairy Bittercress and Dandelion greens and add to the bowl.
  3. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and a glug of olive oil.
  4. Toss and enjoy.

Serves: 2

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