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Stella de Oro Salad with Cucumber, Pecans & 2 Cheeses

and a Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

Stella de Oro Day Lily Salad wtih Cucumber, Pecans and 2 Cheeses

Today I outsmarted the deer in our back yard. I ate the day lilies. The deer usually eat them before I even get to see them. For years I didn’t know I even had day lilies because the deer ate the blossoms before I ever saw them.

About.com says Stella de Oro day lilies are deer resistant. They obviously never met the deer that live here! … but once I tasted these luscious flowers, now I understand why my deer eat them. They’re delicious! They have a lightly sweet taste and they are CRUNCHY! Most flower petals are so delicate and thin they have almost no texture, but these! These were like having orange crunchy greens in my salad.

I did check before I tasted them to make sure they aren’t poisonous. I found a lot of conflicting information about asiatic and oriental lilies, but day lilies are definitely edible. I even found some nutrition facts. Also, I don’t use any herbicides or pesticides anywhere in my yard. If you are going to go picking your day lilies for food, I would recommend that you never use any sort of sprays anywhere near them. I wouldn’t go picking the ones in the park or the neighbor’s house, either … you never know what they’ve been sprayed with.

The blossoms of these day lilies only last a day, so I recommend picking them just before you plan to eat them. I expect different kinds of day lilies probably taste different–I can only vouch for the taste of the Stella de Oro lilies in my back yard. Other parts of the day lily plant are edible too … people often fry up the “pods” (blossoms) before they open and the roots can be eaten too, although I didn’t try that. I don’t expect I will get that many of them before the deer discover what they’ve been missing.

Day Lilies in Salad

Stella de Oro Salad with Cucumber, Toasted Pecans & Two Cheeses

  • Mixed greens
  • Cucumber, sliced and cut into triangles
  • Red onion slices
  • Several freshly picked day lily blossoms
  • Thinly sliced Dubliner cheese (or Parmesan or Romano)
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Toasted pecans
  • Tequila Lime Vinaigrette dressing (find the recipe below)
Fill your bowl 3/4 of the way with mixed greens. Add cucumber and red onion slices, then arrange the day lilies. You can separate the petals from the blossoms if you like, or leave the flowers whole. They are easier to eat if you separate them, though. I did a little of both before I took the pics, then pulled them apart as I ate them. Top with shards of the Dubliner cheese and  sprinkle with goat cheese and pecans. Drizzle with tequila lime vinaigrette and enjoy! (Recipe for the dressing is at the end of of my Basil Watermelon Salad post)

Stella de Oro Salad with Cucumber, Pecans, and Dubliner and Goat Cheese

Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

(from Cooking Light Magazine)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of salt

Directions:

  1. Toss all ingredients into a food processor and whir till blended. Or you can just whisk them all together in a bowl, but the food processor will chop up the cilantro really nicely. I used watermelon-infused tequila (made by soaking watermelon cubes in tequila for several  days). Cover and chill until ready to use.

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty Tuesdaysl, Cast Party Wednesday, Best Healthy Salad Recipes, and Summer Salad Sundays.

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9 responses

  1. chindeep3141

    too gorgeous!

    xo,
    ~M

    June 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    • Ann

      I was totally thinking of you, Melissa, when I made this salad … :)

      June 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  2. I never knew you could eat day Lily’s! Unbelievable that you didn’t know that you had them because of those tricky deer!! Your salad looks absolutely fabulous, as always, I love your blog, I am learning so much from you!! Nettie

    June 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    • Ann

      I wasn’t sure either … had to research it to make sure, but yes, they are edible and even commonly used in Chinese food. I get a kick out of foraging from the yard … I mean, what’s better than free food?

      June 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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  4. Beautiful! I really had no idea that you could eat day lilies, but they look like a great addition to a salad! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  5. Karen Schwalbach

    Would love to try this salad, but couldn’t find the Tequila Lime dressing recipe.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    • Ann

      Hi Karen … I just copied it over to this post as well so you should be able to find it here now!

      October 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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