Now, I do have to mention a disclaimer here: I live in a quieter area just past the edge of town, am very aware of the animal traffic in my yard and don't use any sprays of any kind. Be aware of your grass before picking and consuming any part of the dandelions on your lawn. If you have frequent dog traffic, or spray your grass in any way for anything, DO NOT consume your dandelions. Come eat mine instead.
See how beautiful they look when they're all nice and clean? Now comes the fun part - eating them! Dandelion leaves work really well in recipes that use arugula, since the bitterness is about the same in both. I have not tried cooking with them yet, so I don't know how well they react to being heated. However, I've never really wanted to, since the resulting salad tastes to delicious!
Every spring, once the snow melts, the first thing I know I can always look forward to, without having to plant a single seed in the ground, is a wonderful meal featuring tangy dandelion salad.
Oh, and you know that the rhubarb has begun growing too, right? Can you guess what I'll be cooking up next?