That’s dandy!


Often, it’s a drink or a smoothie that makes my lunch stand out. On regular days, I tend to stick to a sandwich and, almost always, something with hummus. I do not get bored with these items, and one reason is the bright homemade drink that’s also tucked into my lunch bag. It could be a cold brewed tea with lemon wedges and fresh herbs, a freshly made juice, or a rich smoothie.


These dandelion greens came from my Sage Mountain Farm CSA box this week. Dandelion greens are bitter, but the honey and lemon balance the drink.

Green Lemonade with Honey & Dandelion:

Note: This recipe requires a juicer. I use a Breville 5-speed.

  • 1 bunch of fresh dandelion greens, rinsed
  • 3 lemons, peeled
  • 2 small sweet apples, cored
  • 1/4 cup of local honey
  • 1 quart of cold water (at least)


  1. Juice the dandelion greens, lemons, and apples.
  2. In a large jar, scoop in half the honey. Fill the jar halfway with water. Shake a lot! Once the honey has dissolved in the water, pour into the dandelion-lemon-apple juice. Repeat with the rest of the honey.
  3. In a pitcher, combine the mixture of dandelion-lemon-apple juice and honey-water with the rest of the water. Whisk together, and taste. If it is too sour or bitter, add more cold water.
  4. Pack the lemonade in a mason jar. Store the rest in an airtight container in fridge for about a day.

This is honey dissolved in water. I had about a tablespoon of honey and a cup of water in here and shook the contents until this concentrate formed. When making lemonade, dissolving honey or sugar in a separate container is the easiest way to add sweetness to the drink.



  1. I never thought about juicing dandelion greens before. I love that this is a healthy twist to a popular drink. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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