May I introduce: this could be the next green stuff which is going to overgrow your garden, but it is clearly edible and delicious, too.
Purslane is a ground creeper, looks nice and loves the same climate conditions as lettuce (warm and humid). This is why the two of them can already get acquainted while they grow. They become quite friendly later in the salad bowl as well, they just don’t have so much time together anymore.
If this ‘weed’ doesn’t proliferate in your garden or your balcony boxes or something like that yet, you can seed it till the middle of May. It has thick, oval leaves, which is why it provides a juicy, crunchy salad.
How does it work? How do I make a salad with it?
It’s more than easy:
Snap off the young, smaller shoots, wash them, create a sauce – voilà.
I adore these easy crunchy salads. It only gets easier with a plastic wrapped iceberg lettuce from the supermarket, but you have to go shopping to get it and it definitely does not deserve the label ‘self-made, eco, soul-food and nature-friendly’.
Purslane goes well with tomato slices, finely chopped onions, a sweet-sour sauce, white cabbage, or if you like with a mixed potato salad, etc.
The only limitation is your creativity.
Enjoy your meal*