Chive Flower Vinegar

Herbs are most flavorful right before they flower and gardeners say you are not actually supposed to let them flower.  Eh, I make an exception to this rule with my chives.  They come in with a vengeance every year and I can barley keep up during a rainy spring.  But mostly I let them flower because I simply love the flowers!  Reason enough to overlook this rule.  I cut them and let them sit in mason jars as decorations. they last for a good long time too.  Besides there are more chives in my garden then I will ever eat, and the flavor is still plentiful even after flowering.  The flowers are tasty sprinkled in a salad too.  Another great use for the flowers is to liven up a simple white vinegar by my making chive flower vinegar.

Chive Flower Vinegar

There is not much of a recipe for chive flower vinegar, simply fill a jar half full with chive flowers and top with white vinegar.  Let it sit in a dark cool place for two weeks.  The vinegar turns such a magnificent shade of pink.  Strain and enjoy.

The resulting vinegar has a slight onion taste and works great in this simple everyday vinaigrette.

Everyday Vinaigrette

4 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine vinegar, shallot, and Dijon in a bowl.
Slowly whisk in olive oil until combined.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Adjust the vinegar to oil ratio to taste, I like mine a bit more on the acidic side.


  1. Jilly says:

    I sent this to my mom, she has a ton of chives as well. I don’t have any. . . yet. Need to remember to get some from my mom!

  2. Biz says:

    Okay, by now you know that I don’t really use anything in the onion family – but that picture is stunning! Great job! 😀

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      Thanks for the compliment on the pic! You for sure would not like this vinegar, or the way the flowers in a vase make your house smell like onion.

  3. Kimberley says:

    I have not been able to find chive blossoms anywhere out here since the beginning of last month and this is exactly what I wanted to do with them. Sigh. Hope you enjoy!

  4. bevy says:

    i did this and it is gorgeous! i can’t wait to make a salad dressing using it. in the meantime i just enjoy looking at it. lol

  5. pam says:

    I have garlic chives and they have pretty much bullied out the regular chives. I wonder if their white blossoms would work?

  6. Pippa says:

    I did this and it is fantastic! It is beautiful and pink Thanx so much for the vinegrette recipe, can’t wait to try it

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