If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em! Just make sure the weeds haven't had any herbicides applied in the last 60 days or so.
The following chart is a list of common lawn weeds that can, in part, be eaten.
|Burdock||root||pickled, boiled in soups and stews|
|Chickweed||leaves||chopped in salads|
|Cresses||leaves||young in salad; cooked in soup|
|Dandelion||leaves, flowers||young leaves in salads, steamed, wilted, or cooked in dandelion gravy (served over mashed potatoes); young flowers in wine; dipped in egg then cornmeal and fried|
|Lambsquarters||leaves, shoots||young in salad; cook and use like spinach|
|Plantain||leaves||blanch and saute in butter and garlic|
|Purslane||leaves, stems||very young leaves chopped in salads, salty garnish; blanch and saute with olive oil, garlic, and chile|
|Red clover||flowers||chopped in salads, steeped in tea, cooked in soup|
|Shepherd's purse||leaves||blanch and saute with olive oil, garlic, and chile|
|Violet||leaves, flowers||young leaves in salad, add to marinara sauce; flowers in fruit salad, syrup, sorbet, candied|
Source: Better Homes & Gardens Step-by-Step Yard Care, p.29