Iced Lime Dandelion Tea

uses for dandelions

Wait! Don’t mow your grass!

Did you know that those Dandelions growing all over your yard are actually an herb, are completely edible, and have many uses?

For instance, the flowers can be used in drinks and baking, the leaves in salads, and the roots roasted to use as a (super liver healthy) coffee substitute.

I’ll be posting on the many uses of Dandelions soon, but while the flowers are in bloom (here at least), I wanted to post my kids’ favorite recipe: Iced Lime and Dandelion Tea. It’s refreshing, natural and has many skin promoting properties. It is also just a fun way to use dandelion flowers.

Iced Lime Dandelion Tea



Yield 8 +

Make iced tea with dandelion flowers and lime juice for a refreshing summer drink.


  • 1 quart of dandelion flowers (or more)- Pick them fresh and use immediately so they don't wilt! Get only the yellow parts, and pull off any leaves (use in salads) or stems
  • 3 quarts of cold water
  • 1 cup of hot (not quite boiling) water
  • The juice of 3-4 limes
  • 2-3 tablespoons dried stevia leaf (available here) or sweetener or choice (honey, cane sugar, etc, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup dried red raspberry leaf (optional) (also available here)


  1. Pick the dandelions fresh and place in a colander. Rinse well with cool water. (Don't pick dandelions from areas where pesticides have been sprayed or animals may have pooped!)
  2. In a jar or cup, pour the hot water over the stevia leaf and dried red raspberry leaf (if using) and stir well. If using another sweetener, put it in the warm water instead. Let steep 5-8 minutes and then strain off the herbs.
  3. Pour the sweetened liquid from the stevia/raspberry leaf into a gallon size glass jar. Add the juice of the limes, and then the cool water and stir well.
  4. Add the Dandelion flowers and mix gently. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until completely chilled and serve. You can strain out the flowers or pour them into the cups. Bonus points if you freeze them into ice cubes for decoration! 🙂
  5. Use within 36 hours for best taste.

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Ever eaten something out of your backyard that didn’t come from your garden? Are you up for trying some Dandelion tea? Tell me below!

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  1. This is great!! I love dandelions ~ and now I can put them to good use!

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  2. high,i live in new zealand…   what would be your quart be equal to in litres when i trying to convert this receipe to make it?thanks

    • A quart is two pints and a pint is 600ml

  3. I’m gonna have to try this – my backyard is teaming with dandelions and I love it! I usually drink tea made from the dried leaves(from Mountainrose).

  4. This is very fun.  Although it seems like common sense, you might want to note in your article that people shouldn’t pick dandelions from areas where the grass may have been sprayed. 

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  5. Is this safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding? I haven’t been able to find anything about dandelions on the lists of safe herbs & it seems like I’m ALWAYS either pregnant or breastfeeding, or both!

    • haha… I’m with you on always being one or both! Yes, they are safe during pregnancy, just make sure to get them from an area that you know hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides.

  6. Hi Katie,
    I’ve been drinking a “spring tonic” tea of dandelion leaf, nettle leaf, alfalfa and peppermint for the last couple of weeks.  Warm it tastes a little like peppermint and lawn clippings, but iced and sweetened a bit, it is very good!

  7. Lamb’s Quarters are among the finest greens around and grow prolifically in our garden. They can be prepared like spinach or used in a tossed salad, We grow yellow mustard to compliment them. The young/tender mustard leaves provide a peppery component to the salad and the larger, more mature leaves blend well with any green when steamed or boiled.

  8. Thanks for the dandelion tea recipe!

  9. this sounds yummy….i will have to see if i have the gut’s to try it! 😀

  10. I went out and picked most of the dandelions out of my yard today. Just waiting for the tea to chill. I’m excited to try it! My husband is a little nervous, but I am going to make him at least taste it. 🙂

  11. Gonna have to try this tomorrow. Do you have any tips on making dandelion root tea taste better? I got some earlier and it’s nasty-_-


  13. My little guy (he’s 7) went out into the back yard today and came back in with dandelion flowers for tea. He initiated this all by himself as I didn’t realize they were blooming all over the yard. He remembered doing this from last year. I made myself a cup and was wondering if there was a cold version and found your recipe. Thank you!

  14. A lot of people actually wait till fall to harvest the roots and roast them then grind them. It’s a really nice coffee substitute