Edible Flower Salad

The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening by Kinderfarmhomeschool.com

Edible flower salad: a recipe for children of all ages. Edible flowers don’t just have to be served in desserts, they can also be used in salads. They are a fun way to brighten the appearance and flavor of a salad. In this activity, children will learn how to choose and use edible flowers.

*CAUTION: There are many flowers that are poisonous and should NOT be ingested. Please use extreme caution when using edible flowers in foods.

  • Ingredients: The ingredients for edible flower salads are endless. Below are listed some examples of items to include:
    • 5 cups salad greens
    • 1.5 cups fresh flowers (pick fresh from the unsprayed/pesticide-free edible flowers in your yard or order from wholefoodmarkets.comgourmetsweetbontanicals.com or jacobsfarm.com). Fitnessfreebies.comcrackersonthecouch.blogspot.com and Sunset.com explain the flavors you can expect from many of the flowers listed below:
      • pansies
      • roses
      • daylilies
      • nasturtiums
      • carnations
      • dandelion petals
      • thyme
      • salsify
      • orange blossoms
      • himalayan blackberry blossoms
      • pac choi
      • borage (pull the hairy sepals in the center)
      • thimbleberry petals
      • and more…
    • 3/4 cups apple, chopped
    • 1/2 large cucumber, sliced
    • fresh green onions, diced
    • avocado, diced
    • cherry tomatoes, halved
    • pistachios, walnuts, or pecans
    • mangoes, berries, watermelon, grapefruit…
    • cheese of choice (optional)
    • dressing of choice (such as a combination of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper)
  • Taste each flower before using to make sure you enjoy the flavor. And because flowers wilt soon after harvesting, pick and add them to the salad just prior to serving.
  • Wash and prepare produce.
  • Combine all the ingredients (except the flowers and cheese) in a large bowl.
  • Toss with dressing if desired.
  • Pick and gently wash the flowers in cold running water. Refresh them by placing them in a bowl of ice water for about one minute.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with cheese and flowers.