If you don't like dandelions in your lawn, here is a good way to get revenge: EAT THEM! There are many recipes for salads, wine, even syrup and fritters. Here is a selection of favourites.

Dandelion Salad with Cooked Dressing

Ingredients: 4 slices bacon, cut in small pieces
2 c. chopped new dandelion leaves
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced or chopped
2 tbsp. Chopped onion
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. cream or milk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1/4 c. cider vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. flour

Toss together chopped dandelion, fried bacon bits and chopped onion. Set aside.
In skillet, warm butter and cream/milk until butter is melted. Beat egg and then add warm cream/milk mixture. In crease heat and cook, stirring con stantly, until mixture thickens.

Pour hot dressing over the greens and toss gently. Add eggs. Serve at once.

Recipe by: Donna Godfrey

Dandelion Salad

Ingredients: 3 cups torn dandelion greens
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 lb sharp cheddar or gruyere cheese, cubed
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Dressing: 1/4 c. vinegar
1 rounded tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. celery seed
1/8 c. olive or vegetable oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

In a medium bowl, toss together dandelion greens, red onion, and tomatoes. Combine salad dressing ingredients in a container with a tight seal and shake until sugar is dissolved. Toast pine nuts in a dry pan until just fragrant. Pour dressing over salad, toss, and add pine nuts and cheese cubes on top.

Dandelion Herb Salad with Citrus Dressing

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh young dandelion leaves
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh parseley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh dandelion petals, for garnish
Dressing: 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. pumpkin seed oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon thyme
2 tbsp. fresh lemon balm
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

In a bowl, blend dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning.

In a salad bowl, combine dandelion greens, spinach, sprouts, onion and parsley. Drizzle with enough dressing to coat greens and toss well.

Sprinkle with dandelion petals and serve.

Recipe by: alive #233

Quick and Easy Dandelion Salad

Ingredients: 1/2 lb dandelion greens
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, toss together dandelion greens, red onion and tomatoes. Season with basil, salt and pepper.

Recipe by: Donna Godfrey

Dandelion Fritters

Ingredients: Dandelion flowers (with bracts removed)
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flower
1/3 cup corn meal
1 t baking powder
cinnamon to taste
dash of salt
1 T of butter
2 T of honey
1/3 Cup milk
1 egg
Coconut oil

Mix the dry ingredients together. Melt the butter on low heat with the honey.
Let this cool and add the egg and milk. Mix well and then add to dry ingredients until
batter is the consistency of pancake batter.

Heat up coconut oil (or other oil with high smoking temperature) in a skillet. Once
oil is hot, dip flowers into batter and place in pan. Turn once. Remove and place on
plate lined with paper towel. [For a more savory version of this recipe, omit honey
and add herbs, such as thyme and rosemary.]

Recipe by: Rosalee de la Foret

Sweet or Savory Dandelion Fritters

Ingredients: 1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
dandelion flowers
olive oil for frying

Prepare batter by mixing together egg and milk, then stirring in flour. If you like, add a bit of honey or maple syrup.

Gently warm olive oil (keep over medium heat). Hold flowers by the base, dip into batter and twirl until flower is covered. Drop into skillet, flour side down. Flip when lightly browned. Remove and drain excess oil on paper towel. For a sweet treat, drizzle with maple syrup, honey, jam, or powdered sugar. For savory fritters, try dipping them in mustard, or adding herbs to the batter.

Recipe by: Kimberly Gallagher