From its blossom to its root, the dandelion is an incredibly beneficial, edible plant. It has both medicinal and nutritional value. Some of it’s super powers include reducing pain, helping against inflammation, boosting immunity, aiding in digestion, serving as an antioxidant, and fighting against conditions like cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Today’s post will hopefully make you rethink the dandelion and view it as the versatile herb that it really is rather than the pesky weed it’s fabled to be. If your yard is being overrun by this lovely yellow flower, be thankful! Pick as many as you can and put them to good use.
Below is a list of 20 recipes to put this incredible little flower to use. Before getting started, here’s a helpful post about harvesting and safely using dandelions.
- Candied Dandelion Flowers
- Cream of Dandelion Soup (also uses leaves)
- Dandelion Blossom Burgers
- Dandelion Cookies
- Dandelion Fritters
- Dandelion Jelly
- Dandelion Gelatin
- Fried Dandelion Flowers
- Homemade Dandelion Oil for Pain and Headaches
- How to Make Dandelion Salve
- How to Make Dandelion Wine
- Apple Dandelion Green Smoothie
- Dandelion Gravy
- Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto
- Dandelion Salad with Vinegar and Oil Dressing
- Dandelion Soup
- 3 Dandelion Coffee Recipes
- Fresh Dandelion Root Tincture
- How to Make Dandelion Root Tea
- Iced Detox Tea for the Kidneys and Liver
Want to learn more about this dainty yet super healthful wild herb? Be sure to check out Natural Herbal Living Magazine’s dandelion edition! It is chock full of info on the history, science, benefits, plant identification, and more of the dandelion plus a few more handy recipes.
Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
I had no idea! Thanks for sharing! Pinning this for later!
I haven’t brought myself to try dandelions yet, but considering that they keep popping up all over my yard and I keep seeing and hearing more great things about them, I need to! Just need to go for the ones in the front yard since who knows where the dogs have, ah-hem landed… on the ones in back! 😉
Jaime @ Slightly Steady says
I tried making Dandelion wine one year! We still have a bottle of it left; hubby said it was good. I found out I was pregnant, so I never got to try it myself!