Creamy, hearty gigante beans are substantial enough to serve as a main course. Dandelion greens, most similar to the greens used in Greece, need to be blanched to tenderize their stalks and remove the chewy and bitter qualities. (You can also use blanched Swiss chard or chicory.)
Faintly bitter dandelion
greens do well when they're paired with
Here, Vidalia onion
cooked with a pinch of sugar until
caramelized. Add the dandelion greens,
and cook until they are wilted.
The inspiration for this salad comes from the Seder plate: Although the "bitter herb" is often horseradish, in the Sephardic (or Mediterranean) Jewish world, it can be an assertive green, one with bite. We chose dandelion greens, which are at their peak this time of year. (Please note: for Ashkenazi Jews, the mustard in this recipe is not considered kosher for Passover.)