10 dishes featuring edible flowers

Create dishes that look as beautiful as they taste with these salads, desserts,  teas, and more

Squash blossom, avocado, and butter lettuce salad

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Squash Blossom, Avocado, and Butter Lettuce Salad

Quick, delicious, and pretty, too, this salad is nice for a special warm-weather luncheon.

Recipe: Squash Blossom, Avocado, and Butter Lettuce Salad

Eat-your-garden salad

Photo by Leigh Beisch

Eat-your-garden Salad

We used a mixture of spring blossoms from our garden to create this spectacular salad. Feel free to experiment with the blooms you find around you, or pick some up near the herbs at any well-stocked grocery store.

Recipe: Eat-your-garden Salad

Nasturtium Salad

Photo by Margo True; written by Margo True

Nasturtium Salad

Sometimes a few snips from your own yard and a quick dressing are all you need to make a beautiful wild flower salad.

Recipe: Nasturtium Salad

Corn soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini BlossomsSquash blossoms

Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Squash blossoms make a lovely and edible garnish to this summer corn soup, which was part of our One-block feast. Other whimsical garnished can be found in our One-block book.

Recipe: Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Strawberry rose cupcakes

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Stephanie Dean

Strawberry Rose Cupcakes

A few scattered rose petals on a plain cupcake can add a real wow factor. But when your guests bite into these strawberry-rose jam-filled treats, you’ll really be hearing the oohs and aahs.

Recipe: Strawberry Rose Cupcakes

Yogurt honey jelly with strawberries and roses

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Yogurt Honey Jelly with Strawberries and Roses

Scented with rose water and sprinkled with rose petals, this Mediterranean-inspired dessert is a beautiful idea for a dinner party.

Recipe: Yogurt Honey Jelly with Strawberries and Roses

Garden chai

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Johanna Silver

Garden Chai

You can’t see the flowers in this drink, but the nutmeg-scented geranium leaves we strained out add a spicy warmth you’ll notice on the first sip.

Recipe: Garden Chai

Sunset palmer

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Johanna Silver

Sunset Palmer

In this version of the classic Arnold Palmer, we used our lemon-scented blooms in place of the lemonade.

Recipe: Sunset Palmer

Blossom tisane

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Johanna Silver

Blossom Tisane

Chamomile and lavender are natural relaxation aids, so this simple tisane is a quick fix for stress relief.

Recipe: Blossom Tisane

Flowering bee balm

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Johanna Silver

Flowering Bee Balm

This is a good reason to grow your own edible flowers, but if you’re amidst a craving and lacking a stocked garden, you can easily use fresh lavender, jasmine, or orange blossoms.

Recipe: Flowering Bee Balm

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