Strawberry cucumber mint lemonade (Photo by NCC)
Strawberry cucumber mint lemonade
Made with wild mint, a native species that can be found in backyards and grocery stores across Canada, this refreshing drink is perfect for a hot summer’s day.
Sweet potato dandelion salad (Photo by NCC)
Sweet potato dandelion salad
Swap out traditional lettuce for dandelion leaves foraged from your own lawn. Sweet potato and freekeh (or quinoa) are the perfect additions to make this salad hearty.
Atlantic salmon with creamy pesto zoodles (Photo by NCC)
Atlantic salmon with creamy pesto zoodles
This healthy dish is packed with nutrients, such as protein and omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon and anti-inflammatory properties from the zucchini. By making this dish, and removing non-native garlic mustard plants, you can help decrease the spread of this invasive species.
To make this dish vegetarian/vegan, substitute salmon for extra-firm tofu and butter/margarine for coconut oil.
Deconstructed crabapple crumble (Photo by NCC)
Deconstructed crabapple crumble
Crabapple trees are not only great for providing food for pollinators, the tart fruit they produce is delicious!
More sour than orchard apples, crabapples counteract the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients to come together in harmony for the perfect deconstructed apple crumble. This healthy spin on a homestyle classic is a perfect snack to satisfy a sweet craving or as a summertime dessert.
Top with homemade granola (store-bought works, too)!
Dandelion appetizer recipes
Dandelion greens boast complete proteins and are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including calcium and iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, E and K. Learn how to make dandelion greens ginger tea, dandy balls and dandelion chips.
Disclaimer: When foraging for ingredients in your backyard, consult a field guide for correct species identification. When in doubt, don’t take the risk.