Dandelion flowers are edible and medicinal and have many uses! Here are 50+ dandelion recipes for drinks, sweets, baked goods, savory dishes, bath and body, and home remedies.
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Harvesting Dandelions for Food & Medicine
After a long winter, it can be a relief to see the first few signs of spring. Like a groundhog not seeing his shadow, the sight of dandelions, to me, is an indication that warmer weather is on its way.
You may not think of using dandelions in your kitchen, but they are both edible and medicinal! These dandelion recipes will get you started with using these common spring flowers.
From root to flower, dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are edible and have medicinal benefits.
This wild edible can help improve digestion issues, is a remedy for kidney and liver ailments, and has an array of benefits for the skin.
Make sure you’re only picking as much as you need and never harvesting all of any wild food, as we’re not the only species to enjoy the benefits of plants!
Also important is only gathering from areas you know to be clean and that have not been sprayed with pesticides.
From infused drinks to skin-soothing beauty products, baked goods, and savory dishes, there are endless creative and delicious opportunities to utilize this versatile plant!
As mentioned above, this introduced European perennial is loaded with medicinal properties. An excellent way to absorb dandelion’s vitamins A, C, B, and K is to create a standard decoction of the root.
If you are harvesting the roots in spring, keep in mind that they are less medicinally active than if you were harvesting them in fall. Nonetheless they can be sweeter, more nourishing, and contain high levels of inulin.
A standard infusion of the flowers can be made into a refreshing and beautifully colored iced tea with lime that can be enjoyed beach side.
For you coffee drinkers out there, dandelion makes a delicious alternative in this roasted root coffee with chicory root and cinnamon.
Need a hot drink sans caffeine? Blend together a mix of spices and savor a mug full of dandelion root chai tea.
If you’re looking for unique libation, this dandelion mead recipe is for you!
If that doesn’t quite strike your fancy, keep it classy with this dandelion wine that has hints of orange and lemon.
If you’re more of a beer drinker, this dandelion beer recipe should certainly hit the spot.
Dandelion Sweets & Baked Goods
When I fantasize about dandelion baked goods, I imagine that it’s a warm spring morning. As the sun comes up, I whip up a heaping stack of delicious sourdough dandelion pancakes topped with dandelion flower syrup.
As the sun reaches higher in the sky, I head out for a hike, bringing along in my daypack a nettle seed and dandelion blossom superfood bar for an on-the-go energy boost.
Upon reaching the summit, I spread a blanket across grass that has only recently turned a vibrant shade of green after spring rain.
As I sit cross-legged watching the clouds pass, taking the first sweet bite, I wonder just where exactly those clouds are rushing off to so quickly. Returning from my reverie, I can’t help but grin!
In the mood for a party and not a picnic at the summit?
Dandelion Savory Dishes
Dandelion flowers and leaves lend themselves well to tons of delectable savory dishes. One popular technique is to deep fry the flower in a crispy fritter.
Having a dinner party? Let the dandelion shine as the star of every dish! Start by serving some pita chips and vegetables with a side of dandelion pesto.
Follow that with this gorgeous dandelion green tart and watch the jaws of your guests as they drop when you place it in the middle of the table!
Try a nourishing, detoxifying, and paleo-friendly cauliflower and dandelion soup or enjoy a pasta with dandelion greens, garlic, and pine nuts if you’re wanting comfort food.
These dandelion egg noodles are easy to make and versatile. Add them to soups, casseroles, curries, or any dish that benefits from having noodles!
If you find that the leaves are too bitter for your taste buds, try braising, blanching, or adding salt and acid to mellow them out.
Capers grow in the Mediterranean region of Europe, but you can pickle or lacto ferment your own alternative using young dandelion flower buds.
Replace capers with fermented dandelion buds on a smoked salmon, lox, and cream cheese bagel!
If you’re not finding enough buds to ferment, try pickling dandelion flowers, leaves, and buds together with garlic, red onion, and ginger.
Dandelion Bath & Body
The benefits of dandelion root can help heal acne, boils, and abscesses. Try making this dandelion root facial toner mist with added witch hazel to heal blemishes on your skin.
In addition to the roots being great in skincare products, the flowers and leaves can be used to tighten and brighten the skin.
Using aloe and vitamin E, create this dandy facial serum to reap the anti-aging properties of this powerful plant.
I don’t know about you, but in the winter my skin can become dry and cracked. Start a new shower ritual with this moisturizing cold-processed dandelion soap that’s loaded with the blossoms, leaves, and roots.
While you’re at it, make your scalp happy with a dandelion shampoo bar. I promise your hair will shine!
If hand washing dishes dry you out, fill a cute pump dispenser with dandelion and honey liquid soap and say goodbye to cracked skin!
Have a hike planned for this year? Be prepared with this dandelion salve made with an infused dandelion oil and shea butter.
Rub some on tired sore muscles or any other aches and pains you have along the way.
Because dandelions are rich with vitamins and minerals, along with other essential nutrients, there are many ways to use them as remedies for common ailments.
They also have the ability to aid a host of skin ailments with their abundance of antioxidants.
Within the stem and leaves, there’s a highly alkaline milky white sap that has germicidal, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties.
These properties are extremely useful in various skin diseases caused by microbial and fungal infections. The sap can be applied to the skin to relieve itching, bruising, eczema, and even help to dissolve warts!
A few drops of this digestive herbal dandelion root tincture can help relieve gas, hepatitis, cirrhosis, prevent heartburn, and gallstones.
Being a diuretic, dandelion root can also help with UTIs by expelling excess fluid from the body.
Use dandelion root bitters in an aperitif cocktail or take a few drops before a meal to stimulate digestion and calm the nervous system.
Another beneficial way to utilize the roots is by infusing them in honey. Add that to your afternoon tea for a medicinal treat!
Before I started taking a daily magnesium supplement, I frequently suffered from restless leg syndrome.
If I knew then what I know now, I would have jumped on the chance to make this dandelion and magnesium lotion and maybe I still will!
Dandelion and magnesium make quite the couple because of the dandelion’s powerful pain-relieving properties and magnesium’s ability to control muscle contractions.
The leaves of this nutritious springtime herb are rich in choline, vitamin A, and C. Choline does a wonderful job of keeping your liver functioning properly by helping along with the circulation of bile and metabolizing fats.
Use those liver-supporting greens in soups, salads, sautes, and more!
Another way to keep your liver happy is to make an overnight decoction of dandelion and nettles.
In addition to the medicinal properties of dandelion and stinging nettle, this detoxifying iced tea combines an assortment of nutritious plants like burdock, red clover, and hibiscus.
Are you surprised at how many (and there are many!) recipes there are available to us to receive the medicinal gifts this plant is offering?
After putting together this compilation, it’s, even more, a shock to me that dandelions are still being sprayed with chemicals or pulled up from yards because they’re thought to be undesirable.
Let’s all spread the word of the dandelion’s usefulness!
Which recipes are you most looking forward to creating?
I love foraging, but only now am I digging deeper into the medicinal benefits of plants. If you’re like me, a dandelion tincture or tea may be an excellent place to start.
Join me in staying fascinated and excited to learn more every day about the wildlife that grows with and around us!