Overheard at the Market: Chive Blossom Vinegar

Chive blossoms - ready for immersion.

In my part of the world, it’s chive season and their beautiful purple flowers are abundant in the garden. Another thing that’s popping up everywhere are Farmers Markets. Hooray! (Insert happy dance). It’s their season, too, and it is a delight to visit them and talk with growers and get the goods on the best way to use and prepare the season’s fresh stuff. This weekend at the Haney Farmers Market, I overheard the wife of a local restauranteur telling a vendor about making Chive Flower Vinaigrette. “Oh, really?” I thought. “Sounds intriguing”. And I edged closer to them to hear a little more. “Very easy,” she said.

She had me at easy. Then she added, “You just need lots of flowers, and after a couple of weeks it turns a beautiful lavender colour.” (Insert major swoon). Yes, a beautiful lavender colour is what she said. I couldn’t resist. I bet you can’t either. Here are the (super-easy) steps:

1. Soak blossoms in cold water to remove any dirt or teeny bugs that might be in the blossoms. Unless, of course, you don’t mind these.

2. Drain and dry thoroughly but gently! Maybe don’t use your hands. You can use your salad spinner, which works well.

3. Fill a mason jar halfway – or 2/3 if you have lots of blossoms, which means you are lucky. Be grateful.

4. Pour regular white vinegar over, leaving 1/2 inch at the top. Cover.

5. Store in a cool, dry place for two weeks. Yes, it will be hard to wait. Very hard. We’ll do it together.


Ready in two weeks. Patience.

After two weeks, (you are so patient!) strain out the blossoms and use as you would any other vinegar in a vinaigrette. It will have a slight oniony flavour, lovely with nearly any kind of greens – and of course it will have that beautiful lavender colour.

What’s with the lemons you’re asking? Oh, nothing really. I just think they make a nice visual counterpoint with the purple chive blossoms, don’t you?

Though, you could always grate a little zest into your vinaigrette, couldn’t you?

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I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.


  1. Okay! I picked a mason jar full of chive blossoms1 There are so many other herbs blooming right now that I went for it and picked the last fresh new blossoms in the garden. I love chives – so useful and so pretty in the spring in the garden. I have them growing in the front and back of our house! Will post in two weeks once the vinegar transformation has happened! Thanks for posting this idea.

    • So love that you are trying this out. I bottled mine a few days ago and gave it as gifts at our recent family reunion. A beautiful and useful gift. I can’t wait to hear how yours turns out. – Vicki

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