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Front Yard Foraging - Dandelion Clover Salad with Raspberry Dressing.

Updated on June 21, 2014
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Raspberry bushes are one of the most rewarding and frustrating plants for urban gardeners. We only have space for a bush or two, which sounds grand but really equals four spindly arms with intermittently ripe berries.

At any given moment there're lots of prickers, lots of leaves, lots of white/pink/funny-looking berries, and only 7-8 perfect berries ripe for the picking. They're exciting because they're BERRIES. You can EAT them, and best of all they're in YOUR garden. They're frustrating, because there's barely a handful. It's barely enough for a snack, much less something you can share with friends, families and the neighbors jealously eying your hoard.

The best thing about garden raspberries is there's a steady supply. Once you have a couple great, simple recipes under your belt, you can showcase your garden's yield all summer (or if you live in the land of squirrels and jays, as long as you can beat out the natural competitors).

Best, Easiest, Awesomest Recipe for Garden Raspberries

Raspberry Syrup is the best, easiest, awesomest recipe for your handful of garden raspberries.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Topping for 6 servings of salad, ice cream, etc
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Ingredients

  • 10-15 individual raspberries, (preferably from your own backyard; smushed is okay)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, (organic is great)
  • 1-3 teaspoons water
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  1. Place berries in very small cup or bowl. A teacup works great!
  2. Add 1/2 tsp sugar. Mash the sugar into the berries until the berries completely fall apart. (Less than a minute)
  3. Add 1-3 teaspoons water to thin mixture.
  4. Taste. Add additional 1/2 teaspoons of sugar to taste.
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Dandelion and Clover Salad with Raspberry Syrup

Fresh raspberry syrup goes with pretty much everything. One of the best ways to emphasize that the berries are from YOUR garden, is to pair the syrup with garden greens - especially garden greens that couldn't come from anywhere else.

My favorite greens are dandelion greens and clover. Four large dandelion leaves and a handful of clover is an easy forage.

Dandelion Salad is one of the best, easiest recipes for an unforgettable meal.

  1. Wash the dandelion and clover well.
  2. REMOVE the dandelion stems. The stems are very bitter, and not appealing unless you really love bitter greens.
  3. REMOVE the clover stems. You really only need the leaves, but you can leave a tiny bit to hold the leaves together in clover-clusters.
  4. Steam dandelion and clover (in separate piles) on a George Foreman grill or a panini press.
  5. Place dandelion on plate. Top with clover.
  6. Surround with something everyone loves and will definitely eat (Roasted Turkey, Bacon, Chicken)
  7. Top with a few dollops or drizzles of syrup.

How Else to Showcase Raspberry Syrup?

The great thing about this raspberry syrup (besides the incredibly easy preparation) is versatility. There are dozens of easy recipes for every occasion.

Expecting guests? A little syrup goes a long way...

  • For a fancy dinner, pair raspberry sauce with Filet Mignon or any other type of beef.
  • Use syrup to accent ice cream, Crepes or Raspberry Waffles
  • Serve a dollop of raspberry syrup on top of baked ham.
  • Spread a tiny bit on a turkey sandwich.
  • Spread a thin layer on top of cream cheese, and serve with crackers.
  • Raspberry Syrup cocktails - Add a bit to a Mimosa or Champagne for a breakfast treat.
  • Soda Syrups - Add to Cola, Sprite, or other fizzy drinks for a subtle twist on the typical flavors.

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      You're welcome Living Well Now! Buckwheat pancakes sound delicious. And I've been wondering what I'd have for second-breakfast...

      Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      You can forage for your food in your own backyard with this recipe! I'm going to try this recipe. I might even make some raspberry syrup for buckwheat pancakes. Thanks for sharing.

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      I feel your pain, aa lite. My raspberries only make it to the kitchen, because they're next to the asparagus. I zero-in on the asparagus shoots, and by the time I'm finished scarfing, there's no room for berries. :-D

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      You're welcome Genna. Thanks for stopping by!

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      aa lite 5 years ago from London

      I have only ever fed dandelion and clover to my guinea pigs, but it's a great idea to use them in salads. I completely agree about the tantalising properties of garden raspberry bushes, though. I personally don't have the self discipline to do anything with the fruit, and scoff them straight from the bush, as soon as they are ripe.

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      Gemma Sidney 5 years ago from Co Clare, Ireland

      Sounds delicious. I have raspberries (and plenty of dandelions!) in my garden, so I shall have to give this a try. Thanks.

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Thanks moonlake! Having all ingredients on hand is awesome. Hubs and Hubbers have given me so many more uses for these ingredients.

      Syrup on ice cream, in club soda, in mimosas, over cake... the recommendations are great. Please keep'em coming! :-)

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Thanks Laura for stopping by! Once I tried them, it totally changed my outlook.

      Rainy day. Bike to store for groceries or forage in the yard?

      Dandelion salad, it is! :-D

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      All the things I have in my yard dandelions, clover and wild raspberries. I've done the raspberrie syrup before great on ice cream.Great hub. Voted.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Looks great. I've never cooked with dandelion greens before, but now I have an incentive to try them!

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Thanks Simone! They greens are really tasty if you like bitter greens. If you're more of a kale person, you can mix dandelions to take advantage of free food without dealing with the sometimes overwhelming flavor.

      Plus, you can treat the flowers like mushrooms and either saute them with salt and pepper, or bread them and fry them. Unless you use a substantial batter (like hushpuppies or tempura), they shrivel up. But they make a great snack and an awesome conversation piece for visiting guests. :-)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I had known that dandelions are edible but had never seen them in an actual recipe before. This is great!

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Tamara, I'm not an expert on dandelions, but from my experience, the difference between young dandelions and old ones is the same as baby spinach vs regular spinach. Young leaves are more tender and less bitter than old ones, so they're easier to eat raw, and easier to chew.

      There's no point when a dandelion is too old to eat, but if you're facing a yard full of yellow buds, smaller, younger leaves should be your first choice.

      I made this salad with old dandelions, I just removed the stem part. The stem part is tougher than the leaves, and more bitter in flavor, so I find removing it produces flavor more to my tastes.

      Thanks for your questions!

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Thanks Kelley, for stopping by!

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      Tamara Wilhite 5 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      How young is a young dandelion? At what point is it too old to eat?

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Yum this looks delicious! Take care, Kelley