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Lift Your Spirits with a Bouquet of Edible Flowers

Updated on July 9, 2014
edible flower salad
edible flower salad

You see that beautiful plate of salad on this page? With the bright and festive colors, evoking images of sunny days and clear blue skies, you would think my day was filled with joy, happiness and lots of laughter. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case today.

On the contrary to what the salad looks like, it was a grey and wet day. It's been like this for awhile now. In fact, I'm really not a big fan of the long rainy season here in Tokyo. I tried to be positive about it and for the first week or so, I was. 

The rain can be quite romantic and cozy, if you're with the right person and have the luxury of sleeping in all day. Without a care in the world, the rain would be all this and more! But when the rain continues for days on end, stretching out into weeks with no end in sight, it can get rather depressing. 

Today was one of those days and no matter how hard I tried, my mood refused to cooperate. In times like this, forcing myself to do something out of the norm is always a good thing and although my mom would try and stop me if she were here, I decide to head outdoors to visit the local supermarket. Being obsessed with food, a visit to the market is always a good thing. 

As I walked through the aisles of all the familiar ingredients, something catches my eye. A small container of bright and colorful flowers instantly cheers me up and I wonder what they'd taste like? Would they taste so horrible that I'd spit it out as soon as I take my first bite? Could they surprise me with a taste so unbelievably out-of-this world that I'd regret not trying them sooner? Obviously, the only way to find out was to try them out for myself. 

Edible Flowers Can Brighten Up Your Day

Salads are the perfect dish for hot and humid rainy days like today and the colorful flower petals really help lift the spirits. The most difficult part of making this salad was the dressing. In fact it's so easy to make that saying that's difficult is like saying you're too lazy to think. It's really that easy!

The flowers were surprisingly subtle taste wise and other than the scent of a flower garden, it added an extra layer of kick to the otherwise familiar salad. The distinctive floral fragrance added to the olfactory experience, while the flowers themselves were a treat to the visual senses. The flowers really did add something special to the otherwise simple salad. 

As I put the last forkful of fragrant petals into my mouth, I realized that my mood had completely lifted and the rain no longer bothered me as much. 

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  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup edible flowers
  • 2 cups baby leaf greens
  • 2 cups mizuna
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cooked edamame, shelled ( optional )
  • "Dressing"
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Wash edible flowers, baby leaf greens and mizuna and dry well. Set aside.
  2. To make the dressing, whisk lemon juice slowly into olive oil in a small bowl.
  3. Add garlic, salt and pepper and mix until thoroughly blended.
  4. Arrange leaves, flowers, tomatoes and edamame on a plate.
  5. Pour dressing over the salad and serve.
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Have you ever tried edible flowers before? What did you think of them? Let me know what you think! Thanks. 

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Hello again, Shinichi. Just wanted to let you know your beautiful salad is the Recipe of the Day on my contributor FB page, Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods. You can see it https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=... Hoping to find some edible flowers at the farmer's market this weekend!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I have eaten organic rose petals and they are quite tasty! They look so pretty on a salad or sugar coated for desserts. Your recipe looks delicious...I will try it soon.

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      cynthiakente 3 years ago

      woooowww!!!! its so colorful! i love it!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love eating flowers! In the city of ChongQing in China they have several "Flower Restaurants" where you can eat a lot of flowers. I haven't been able to go yet - but I hope I get the chance. Do you like nasturtiums? I love them in salads and sandwiches.

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Looks pretty but not sure I could do it.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Another great lens, as usual your recipes are from the top self.

      No I haven't used flowers in salads but thinking about it.

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      dnwaokocha 3 years ago

      I made a drink with African violets that filled me with joy!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes, indeed. Nasturtiums, violets, roses, and squash blossoms come to mind, not all in the same salads, of course. We love them in season, and when we can get them from organic farmers at our local farmers market. I'm curious which flowers are in your salad. I almost think I see snapdragon heads there.

      Lovely salad! Watch for it soon as Recipe of the Day on my Contributor FB page, Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods, and congratulations on your feature on the Flower Power page here on Squidoo!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Love the flowers in the salad, I love the peppery taste of Nasturiums and use them a lot!

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Yes, I agree flowers are a special touch.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Absolutely delightful as always. Your recipes make it feel like spring. I guess that I am a flower connoisseur. My sister and I were always nibbling on my moms outdoor flowers. She was always wondering who was but I don't think she expected it to be of the people persuasion lol.

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I have tried a few. Some are pretty good and others I would need to develop my taste buds.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Almost too pretty to eat! Shared on G+ today!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's such a pretty salad, I can see why it would be a mood lifter, Smine27. I've tried nasturtiums in salad--they were tasty--but I think that's the only kind. It is always surprising to see them served to eat! This sounds delicious, right down to the lemon in the dressing.