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Spring Salad w/ Edible Flowers & Dandelion Greens

Spring salad with edible flowers and dandelions greens is a quick, healthy, and delicious way to fully enjoy the colorful flowers of spring!

top down view of spring salad with edible flowers and dandelion greens.

Spring, is one of my favorite times of the year! This is the time for renewal, opening all the windows in the house and letting everything air out from the long closed-up winter days. The birds are singing, the flowers are coming into blossom and the trees are sprouting their leaves to soak up the sunshine. It’s a rebirth!

This salad comes as a perfect way to add some of your favorite spring blossoms into a meal for an even more enjoyable way to celebrate the flowers of spring. Edible flowers add wonderful fragrance and color. Use whatever flower is available to you. I have used wisteria here but if you don’t have a wisteria, you can just as easily add some bougainvillea petals, rose petals or pansies.

Here is a list of edible flowers for you to glance at when you can. Wisteria and bougainvillea are not on the list but they are edible (I did my homework before eating them.). I also added some of my bougainvillea petals (stamen and pistols removed), before eating this salad.

This spring salad with edible flowers was a lovely dish and I will most definitely be having it again! You can find the original recipe here: Edible & Medicinal Flowers. I wasn’t sure at first but when everything is together and you take your first bite, you’ll discover that these ingredients all come together with great flavor and an exotic appeal. It’s a casual and lively salad, and a great way to bring in the spring!

Spring Salad: Wisteria

Let me tell you a bit about my wisteria. Every year I get so excited to see it bloom and come to life. It is so fragrant and colorful. The blooms fall and hang beautifully. The clean-up is another story but it’s all so worth the beauty.

At this time of year, you can find me peeking and peering all day long watching as the blooms get bigger and bigger. They start as a small little buds and grow into gorgeous strands of lilac and purple flowers.

This beautiful plant was a gift from my parents about 15 years ago. They always have the best taste! It was originally a bonsai, but after a while, I decided to put it into a large clay pot and train it as a sprawling standard. It has been there ever since blooming faithfully year after year. It’s truly an easy plant to care for. They are very hardy, aren’t too needy, and will live a very long time once established!

Spring Salad: Dandelions

Another special ingredient in this spring salad is dandelion greens. This is my first experience with dandelions. They are full of nutrition and are very tasty.

In the scheme of leafy greens, dandelions are up there with the highly beneficial. They are known to be high in calcium, rich in iron, and full of antioxidants. Dandelions are also a great detoxifying green, full of minerals and trace elements as well as high in protein, more so than spinach.

I purchased these at my local Sprout’s store and will be alternating some of these with my juicing and smoothie regimen as well. You can use dandelion greens in many ways. I have seen recipes for sauteing them, you can also use them in pesto, or toss them in salads, soups and stews. They are not just a weed but a beneficial green to add to your green & healthy diet.

Spring Salad: Edible Flowers & Dandelions (3)

If you try this spring recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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SPRING SALAD WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS & DANDELION GREENS

Spring salad with edible flowers and dandelions greens is quick, healthy, and delicious!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Entree, Salad
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • a few handfuls spring salad mix
  • 1 bunch dandelions or watercress
  • handful wisteria flowers, pulled of their stems (I left mine on, quite by accident)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and chopped
  • orange zest

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • salt + pepper, to taste

Instructions

Start with the dressing by combining all ingredients, except the oil, in a small bowl or decanter, mix well and then add in the olive oil. Mix again and let set.

For the salad ingredients, use as much as you like of each ingredient. Mix your greens, place on serving dish and top with cucumber, orange pieces, orange zest and flowers. Drizzle with dressing just before serving. Enjoy!

Serves 2

Notes

Feel free to use your favorite edible flowers.

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13 Comments

  1. This was a fun recipe, thanks!

  2. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

    Thank you, I’ll look into it. Cheers xo

  3. This salad looks delicious! I love the colors and the use of the dandelion greens.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What is the farm label on the bushel of dandelions? Im having trouble reading it in the photo

    1. I honestly don't know. I picked this bunch of dandelion greens up at my local Sprouts grocery store.

  5. This salad looks Amazing! I really feels like the spring is here just looking at it. Love your post!

  6. lysa jordan says:

    Wow! this salad is so beautiful :)! Love the colors :)

  7. I love the spring too! It really feels like we are even more re-born. Out with the old and in with the new. Love this posts! Looks delicious. Have wonderful day!

  8. The Yogi Vegetarian says:

    What ba truly beautiful salad, and what a great post with interesting links too! As soon as Spring arrives in my part of the world, I'll try making this for sure :)

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