24 Dandelion Recipes + Foraging Tips

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What are the health benefits of dandelions? How do I forage them? Plus, 24 AMAZING gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dandelion recipes incorporating dandelion roots, flowers, and leaves! Everything from dandelion coffee to dandelion greens to dandelion cupcakes — this healthy, springtime round-up has got it all!

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Dandelion Recipes

In case you haven’t heard, that common bright yellow flower you often see popping up come springtime is FULL of incredible health benefits and nutrients. And we’re here to show you that what some people consider a pesky weed, is actually a beautiful vibrant plant ready to transform your health and please your palate with these super special and delicious dandelion recipes!

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Notes + Tips for Foraging Dandelions:

Forage dandelions in locations where you are certain they haven’t been sprayed with toxic herbicides. Unfortunately, many consider this amazing plant an unwanted weed and it is commonly sprayed with all sorts of things! Gather from your own property or a friend’s or family member’s property where you are certain this isn’t the case.

Few plants mimic the visual qualities of dandelions, and it is one of the more easily and safely identifiable foraged plants, but if you are uncertain, consult a plant guidebook, or a local herbalist. One thing that sets dandelion apart from some of its mimickers is its sturdy green base right below the yellow flower head.

Every part of a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ) is edible! Harvest the roots, leaves, and flowers, and try out some of the delicious recipes below!

To harvest the roots: Use a knife or small shovel or spade to gently cut a circle into the ground around a dandelion ensuring you are able to safely and easily pull the roots (and the entire plant out of the ground).

To harvest the leaves: Use a knife to slice the stem just about one inch above the roots. Pinch each leaf off individually.

To harvest the flowers: Use a sharp knife to slice the yellow flower tops off.

To clean dandelions: Place any harvested flowers, leaves, roots, or whole plants into a bowl or sink full of water. Gently swish around to release the debris. Place on a dry tea towel to dry before using.

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Dandelion Health Benefits + Nutritional Information

Dandelions contain a hearty amount of:

  • potassium
  • antioxidants
  • calcium
  • inulin
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin A

Dandelions are:

  • a natural diuretic
  • an appetite stimulant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • liver detoxifying
  • alkaline in nature
  • immune system supporting
  • anti-microbial
  • blood-building
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24 Recipes With Dandelions

No Bake Dandelion Beet Chocolate Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
from MOON and spoon and yum
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Dandelion Root Coffee
from Forest and Fauna
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Two glass cups of iced dandelion coffee with red and white polka dot straws, surrounded by vibrant dandelion flowers, on a rustic wooden surface. Text at top reads: "Dandelion Coffee." Discover more dandelion recipes to savor each sip even more!
Spring Garlic Mustard & Dandelion Green Vegan Frittatas
from Very Vegan Val
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How to Make Delicious Dandelion Leaf Pesto
from Learning and Yearning
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Roasted Dandelion Root Chai
from Learning and Yearning
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Homemade Dandelion Wine Recipe
from Practical Self Reliance
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Dandelion Jelly – Dandelion honey
from Masala Herb
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Dandelion Detox Green Smoothie {Paleo, Vegan}
from Tasting Page
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Dandelion and Lemon Paleo Cupcakes
from Forest and Fauna
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Dandelion Iced Tea
from Canadian Cooking Adventures
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Dandelion Green Recipe and Cooking Dandelion Greens
from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
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Mint Cacao Adaptogenic Freezer Candy (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)
from MOON and spoon and yum
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Dandelion & Honey Ice Cream
from Practical Self Reliance
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Dandelion Salad with Balsamic Pepper Strawberries
from The Flying Couponer
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Dandelion Flower Fritters Recipe
from Delicious Obessions
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Golden Lavender Cacao Adaptogenic Latte (Vegan)
from MOON and spoon and yum
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Dandelion Honey – a Fabulous Vegan Alternative to Honey
from Tin and Thyme
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Coffee Substitute–rich, delicious, & good for you!
from Whole New Mom
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“Butterscotch” Detox Tea – aka Dandelion Tea
It's A Love/Love Thing
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Minestra: Healthy Greens and Beans
from Christina's Cucina
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Dandelion Capers
from Practical Self Reliance
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Dandelion Root Latte with Turmeric and Ginger
from The Conscious Dietitian
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Sweet Potato Patties with Dandelion Greens
from Dish 'n' the Kitchen
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Dandelion Salad with Balsamic Strawberries and Onions
from Umami Girl
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24 Dandelion Recipes

Tips for incorporating dandelion roots, flowers, and leaves into delicious dandelion recipes.
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Course: Condiments, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Foraged, Wildcrafted
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freezing Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 9 bars
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

Chocolate Base

Beet Dandelion Filling

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor add all chocolate base ingredients. Blend until mostly smooth.
  • Press chocolate base into your prepared baking pan until you have an even layer. Place into the freezer while you complete the next step.
  • To your high-speed food processor or blender add beet filling ingredients and blend until fluffy and smooth.
  • Remove pan from freezer and spread beet filling until the chocolate base is evenly covered.
  • Place into the freezer for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving. Keep stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one month.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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11 Comments

  1. I never knew these little flowers had so many healthy properties. Thank you so much for the information and the recipes. Keep them coming.

  2. I had no idea how beneficial dandelions were and all the uses for them. I learned so much by reading through your post!

  3. What a great round up of fun and healthy recipes! Excited to give these a try; they all look too good to pass up, indeed!

  4. i’ve had dandelion wine but really had no idea you could eat them! so fun and interesting – i’ll be trying a few of these this summer!

  5. I never thought of using dandelion in cooking, except for the jams. Thanks for sharing, awesome ideas!

  6. I had no idea there were so many ways to use dandelions and that you could literally just pick them out of your own yard! These recipes all look so delicious – I can’t wait to try them! I might have to start with the dandelion root latte – yum!

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  10. Thank you! I have been collecting a little dandelion. I use the root in my tea. I enjoy learning more for ourselves and our generations to follow. ❤️