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“Purslane Salad”

You know that fleshy weed that grows in sidewalk cracks? That’s purslane. And it tastes very good if you know how to use it. I didn’t use it properly until this past week when Jon Rowley made me realize that I do like it as more than just an “acid accent” to my normal salad greens. He and I share a love of simple foods, with very simple ingredients. This salad is just that.

Purslane Salad

“Purslane Salad”

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

“Purslane Salad”


  • purslane, picked from the tougher stems and washed
  • tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • sweet onion, also cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all of these lovely things, squeezing the juice of the tomatoes onto the salad to give it a little extra "dressing." That's all you need and it's divine. The acid and sweet from the onion, tomato and purslane are perfectly balanced. Thanks Jon!

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  1. I tried this last weekend and it was awesome! I love turning pesky weeds into something useful :)

  2. Most people don’t realize they have purslane growing all around them.

  3. I actually harvested a healthy portion on 11th Ave one day on my way to Javits Center.

  4. betwwen the cracks and more; the side-walk was quite broken up awaiting construction.I washed it well and with the hard-boiled egg I had brought,it made my lunch complete.