I recently did an interview with the Austin American Statesman where I went foraging for some dandelion greens to make this delicious salad from my latest book, Modern Pioneering. I called it “hood lunch,” since it was lunch truly derived from my lovely hood in East Austin.


Check out my recipe! Dandelion greens are full of nutrients and right at your fingertips. The flavor packs a punch which I balanced with the fat from the pancetta and tang from the Meyer lemon.


“Dandelion Green Salad with Pancetta and Pistachios”

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup diced pancetta or guanciale or bacon
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted pistachios
  • 2 cups chopped dandelion greens
  • Daylily or dandelion flowers
  • 1/4 medium red onion very thinly sliced or shaved
  • Juice of 1 lemon preferably Meyer lemon


  • In a medium saute pan, render the guanciale or pancetta over low heat until it becomes crispy, stirring regularly, about 10 minutes. Add the pistachios and stir for about two minutes more.
  • Add the dandelion greens, flowers and onions, and remove them from the heat.
  • Toss the contents of the pan in the pork fat until the greens and onions wilt slightly, then transfer to a large bowl or platter and serve warm. Balance with the juice of the lemon, to taste. Serves 4 as a side dish.



Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.