Red and Green should never be seen (except maybe with Pink)

In the case of lettuce I have to disagree, red and green salads look great growing on the allotment together and even better mixed together in a salad bowl.

Soft buttery lettuce Bronze Arrow mixed with sharp crisp endive De Meaux.

What’s better than picking some lettuce, taking it home giving it a good wash, a quick spin in the salad spinner and then mixing up a favourite salad dressing?

My latest must make and try vinaigrette uses Chive Blossom Vinegar – I picked up the idea from Food In Jars and it couldn’t be brighter or simpler.

Pick and snip the Chive flowers, wash them thoroughly, then pat them dry or if you have a salad spinner give them a whirl. Fill a jar to about half way with the Chive flowers and then pour in the vinegar. Leave for a couple of weeks in a dark cupboard, then strain the flowers out, pop the Chive coloured and flavoured vinegar back in a jar and it’s ready to go.

Simple and no faff. Mine will be ready next week, yip yip hooray!

So from Salads and Vinaigrettes and onto Chive Vinegars, to where to grow chives …….

In an old fruit box of course. See, these chives are Europe Quality, whatever that means.

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50 thoughts on “Red and Green should never be seen (except maybe with Pink)

  1. What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait for my chives to flower. Could I re-blog this on my food page – if I can work out how to?!
    Thank you for your visit to my blog. :)
    I so agree with you about the lettuces too. I love growing the colours mixed up but nothing this year has germinated yet! I think it must be the cold which is so unusual for Cornwall at this time of year. Things are usually racing away by now.

  2. I wish we had beautiful wooden fruit boxes here…I would be talking the markets out of one for sure. I’m planning on making some chive vinegar as well this summer while in Maine. I think I’ll use rice vinegar for it.

    • What a shame you don’t see the woodedn boxes, it’s funny what I presume to be univeral turns out not to be. I still have plenty of flower buds left on the chives, so I will try a batch with rice wine vinegar too, thanks for the suggestion Karen.

  3. Great idea, Claire, for infusing vinegar. I gave up my spice “pot” for another tomato plant last year and I really miss it. Maybe it’s time I re-think that decision, eh? Have a great weekend!

    • decisions, decisions John – more herbs or more tomatoes – the thing with homegrown tomatoes is that they taste brilliant, and beat shop bought hands down. Guess I know where my vote would be cast ;)

    • Hi Debra, I’m looking forward to trying it out – another week to go and it will be ready. I’m wondering what it would be like used on things like noodles or glass noodle salads with some corriander and mint.


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