Lavender For Dinner


When was the last time you made a meal out of your flower bed?  Edible flowers have been all the rage, but they are still often relegated to garnish or just for dessert.  We’re going to make an entire meal with recipes using lavender.

Dried or fresh lavender buds can be found at farmers markets, festivals, or in your own garden.  Buy or grow lavender that hasn’t had chemicals applied to it or the ground it grew in.  Use English lavender as it is sweeter and has a fresher taste. 

We’ll start with a Citrus Salad using Lavender/Mint White Balsamic Vinegar.  Then move on to Lavender Roasted Potatoes and Grilled Pork Chops with Lavender and Herbs.  Our finishing touch is a delicate Lavender Crème Brulee for dessert.

Lavender is the perfect edible flower to start using in your meals.  It is easy to find, pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes, and can be used throughout the year either fresh or dried.

Bon appétit!

Citrus Salad with Lavender/Mint Infused White Balsamic Vinegar

  • Cara Cara oranges, peeled and segmented
  • Praline pecans (or other candied pecans or walnuts)
  • Craisens
  • Lavender/Mint White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh or dried mint flowers or dried lavender buds
  • Baby spinach leaves

Place a large handful of spinach leaves on each individual salad plate.  Put orange segments on top.   Scatter candied nuts and Craisens on top of the spinach and oranges.  Sprinkle a small amount of mint or lavender flowers over each salad.  Drizzle lavender/mint white balsamic vinegar over each salad and serve immediately.

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