Pansy flowers are edible and make a bright and beautiful addition to any salad. Garnish mixed spring salad greens with pansy flowers for a simple salad, or add some spring pea shoots, thinly sliced radishes or hakurei salad turnips and their greens.
Pansy flowers bring a little fun to the table and add some potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
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PICK your pansy flowers. Remove any stems and leaves and set them aside.
WASH all your salad greens – a salad spinner is a great bit of a kitchen kit!
LARGE LEAVES – slice or tear to everything is in similar sized pieces.
TOSS salad ingredients together gently in a serving bowl and garnish with pansy flowers.
STORE salad un-dressing in the fridge in a glass container with a lid.
Serving Ideas & Dressings
with a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Simple Lemon Vinaigrette
Oil-free Mustard Garlic Vinaigrette
Oil-free Orange Vinaigrette
Chive & Thyme Herbal Dressing
Orange Cider Vinaigrette
Lemony Dijon, Mustard Salad Dressing
Dill Tahini Sauce
Preserved Lemon & Cucumber Whipped Tahini
CAUTION – make sure you eat flowers that have not been sprayed with chemical herbicides and pesticides.
*SALAD GREENS = arugula, mizuna, crispy baby lettuces, oak leaf, baby spinach, baby kale, pea shoots, micro-greens. Swap ingredients according to what is in your garden and local farmer’s market.
ADD HERBS – fresh chives, chervil, parsley, dill, thyme flowers, dandelion greens, wood sorrel.
ADD EDIBLE SPRING FLOWERS – violets, dandelion, clover, wood sorrel, redbud, ground ivy, forsythia, chives, thyme, savoy, chickweed, sorrel, pansy and marigold flowers.
ADD any thinly sliced radishes, peas, baby carrots, hakurei salad turnips, kohlrabi, celery, or fennel.