A common weed in many a gardener's backyard bed, wild purslane is perfectly edible—even delicious, in fact. Its juicy little leaves have a citrusy, sometimes peppery zip. Cultivated golden purslane is much milder than the tangy wild weed; you can use wild here instead of golden, but you may want to cut back a little on the garlic, mint, and chile so they don't overwhelm the purslane.
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1. Put purslane, butter lettuce, frisée, cucumber, and mint in a large serving bowl.
2. Sprinkle garlic with salt, then mash into a paste with the flat side of a chef's knife. Scrape paste into a bowl and whisk with oil, yogurt, and chile flakes.
3. Pour dressing over greens and toss gently but thoroughly.
* Peppermint is much stronger than the common grocery-store spearmint, with darker, more elongated leaves and purplish stems. Find it at well-stocked grocery stores (or grow your own).
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