1 bunch of dandelion greens, washed
4-5 strips bacon
1-2 pieces stale bread, in cubes
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar
1 t sugar
salt & pepper
Wash the greens. Cook the bacon in a pan until crispy. Don't drain. Remove bacon. Put bread cubes, onion and garlic in bacon grease. Cook until bread is crunchy & onion soft. Crumble bacon & return to pan. Whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar and lots of salt and pepper (more than you would normally use). Toss with greens. Pour warm bacon mixture and any leftover grease over salad; toss.
We didn't have bread so I used soy nuts to give crunch. I think it worked but the croutons are better. Don't skip the salt - it counters the bitterness. You can also toss the greens into the pan for a few minutes if you prefer them slightly blanched/wilted.