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Spring Salad w/ Edible Flowers & Dandelion Greens

Spring salad with edible flowers and dandelion 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! It is the time for renewal when we open all the windows in the house and let everything air out from the long closed-up winter days. The birds are singing, the flowers are coming into bloom, and the trees are sprouting their leaves to soak up the sunshine. It’s a rebirth!

Edible Flower & Dandelion Spring Salad

This edible flower and dandelion spring salad is a perfect way to add some of your favorite spring blossoms to 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.

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!

More Edible Flowers

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.

head on view of blooming wisteria plant.

My wisteria Story

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 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!

side angle view of organic dandelion greens.

Dandelion Greens Benefits

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

In the scheme of leafy greens, dandelions (Healthline.com) are among the most 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, and high in protein, more so than spinach.

I purchased these at my local Sprouts store and will be alternating some of them 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 and healthy diet.

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

More Healthy Salad Recipes!

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 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Feel free to use your favorite edible flowers.

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  1. This was a fun recipe, thanks!

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

  3. Anonymous says:

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

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

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

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

  5. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

    I'm sure now that they are on your radar, you'll find some when the time is right! Cheers :)

  6. lysa jordan says:

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

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you Lysa! :)

  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!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you Katrin! Have a wonderful everything. :)

  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 :)

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you so much! I think you'll find it a nice change of pace. :)

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