15 Lovely Lavender Recipes

15 Lovely Lavender Recipes - BoulderLocavore.com

Lavender is best known for its fragrant, delicate Provencal appearance in soaps, sachets, essential oil and other body care products.  At least in the U.S., using culinary lavender to enhance a recipe with a Mediterranean sway is a road less traveled.  Lavender use has broadened over the past years with recipes showcasing the aromatic herb in everything from desserts to cocktails with savory dishes in between.  I personally keep culinary lavender in my spice pantry and enjoy incorporating it in everything from salads to a simple favorite Roasted Lavender Potatoes dish that is a hit in my home.

Chocolate Lavender Fudge with Salted Caramel Top. Quick and easy, this unique fudge is sure to please! BoulderLocavore.com

When cooking with lavender it is key to ensure using culinary/edible lavender and not lavender prepared for things like potpourri which can be treated with chemicals.  Culinary lavender may be purchased at well stocked grocery stores, herb/spice stores or apothecaries, as well a grown in a pot or home garden for picking anytime.  With a small amount added to many recipes, a ho-hum dish can be elevated to having international flair!

French Lemonade with Lavender {Citron Pressé avec le Lavande} - BoulderLocavore.com

Being particularly compatible with the flavors of honey and lemon, lavender is a perfect summertime herb to brighten seasonal foods.  I wanted to share some of my own favorite recipes as well as other mouthwatering recipes I found on the internet to whet your appetite to try some lavender in your own kitchen this summer.  These recipes are made with simple, whole ingredients, bursting with flavor to perk up grilling, salads, dessert, libations and more.  Naturally gluten-free too!

Lemon-Honey glazed Shortbread with Lavender Buds - BoulderLocavore.com

I have a confession to make.  In the three years since this list was originally posted, I’ve created some additional recipes myself which I’ve added too.  It does bring the count over the original fifteen recipes but getting a few extras  is a good thing, right?

Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojitos - BoulderLocavore.com

Pink Lemonade Lavender Thyme Sorbet

Lemon-Honey glazed Shortbread with Lavender Buds

Lavender Roasted Potatoes

Meyer Lemon Lavendar Mojitos

French Lemonade with Lavender

Chocolate Lavender Fudge with Salted Caramel Top

Lemongrass-Lavender Green Sun Tea

Lavender Roasted Potatoes - BoulderLocavore.com

Lemon and Lavender Chicken {Yum Sugar}

Grilled Leg of Lamb with Lavender-Rosemary Rub {Joanne Weir}

Lavender-Scented Summer Fruit Salad {Health.com}

Peach and Feta Salad with Lavender Dressing {Honest Cooking}

Honey Lavender Panna Cotta {The Kitchen}

Honey Lavender Ice Cream {Martha Stewart}

Lavender Crème Brulée {Jamie Oliver}

Peach Lavender Jam {Love and Olive Oil}

Lemon & Lavender Vodka Tonic {Bakers Royale}

Lavender Simple Syrup {About.com}

Lemongrass-Lavender Green Sun Tea with mint - BoulderLocavore.com



  1. says

    Great post! I grow my own lavender for soaping and cooking. I’ve found Melissa to be the best for cooking and use in to make Lavender shortbread cookies. Hubby has made lavender syrup with it but I’ve not ventured any further always looking for more recipes. Since my Melissa harvest (and really all of my lavender harvest did great this year) I’ve got lots to play with this year. Thanks for the recipes. I’ll have to try the potatoes and the chicken for sure. Here is my recipe for my cookies: http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2012/10/recipe-lavender-shortbread-cookies/

    • says

      Glad you like them Janis! Lavender is so interesting in food and even the most simple recipes completely transform by adding just a bit. I loved finding so many different types of recipes. They all made me hungry!


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