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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 Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes


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


  • 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!


  • Sarah
    Posted August 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I tried this last weekend and it was awesome! I love turning pesky weeds into something useful 🙂

  • Jack Stanton
    Posted August 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

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

    Posted August 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

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

    • Georgia
      Posted August 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

      That’s great! Where was it, in the sidewalk cracks?

  • grandma
    Posted September 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    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.

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