Cherokee Tribal Food Distribution Program

Wild Green Salad with Black Walnuts

Wild Green Salad with Black Walnuts

© by Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. 2021
Harvesting wild greens in the Spring and Summer months ... is something I love to do. We have wild watercress greens that grow along some of our small creeks and waterways. We also have wild spinach. This green grows everywhere and is abundant on the land that surrounds my house. I harvest this all the time before it goes to seed and gets bitter. As with any wild harvesting make sure you are certain of the plant you are harvesting and always wash the greens completely before serving. If you cannot get wild greens or do not know how to harvest them, see what fresh salad greens your local farmer’s market has and serve those for this salad. And microgreens add nutrients and flavor that complement this salad, see what is available in your area. The greens and the sprouts will also work perfectly for this salad.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 292 kcal


  • 6 cups hand harvested wild salad greens (or any local baby salad greens)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower, radish, or micro green sprouts optional
  • 3/4 cup black walnuts toasted, chopped
  • 6 tbsp agave syrup
  • 3 tsp red chili powder mild
  • 1/2 cup lime juice freshly squeezed, approx. 6 limes
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard the smooth kind
  • 1/2 tsp salt kosher
  • 1 pinch black pepper freshly ground
  • 2/3 cup raisins optional, dark or golden
  • 2 fuji apples optional, finely sliced


  • In a medium-sized salad bowl, place the salad greens, raisins, and sliced apples and gently toss together.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the agave, chili powder, fresh lime juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Mix together well, with a whisk, until all of the ingredients are completely mixed together.
  • Pour the salad dressing over the greens and toss well. Top the salad with the chopped nuts and the sprouts. Drizzle a little of the dressing around the greens and serve immediately.


Amount per serving
calories   292
total fat   10g   13%
saturated fat   0.6g   3%
cholesterol   0mg   0%
sodium   353mg   15%
total carbohydrates   52.7g   19%
dietary fiber   7.1g   25%
total sugars   18.9g
protein   6.4g
calcium   114mg   9%
iron   5mg   26%
potassium   418mg   9%
Keyword greens, salad, wild

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