Chives are one of the first signs that spring is here. Chive tomato salad is like bringing spring to the dinner table and a little tease that summer is on its way. Like peas and asparagus (coming soon!), chives make an early showing at the farmer’s markets. You can buy them year round in the grocery store, but fresh from the garden or farmer’s market ensures the most clean, fresh flavor. A member of the allium family, they are one of the more delicate ways to add a touch of onion/garlic flavor – plus the green is so pretty. Chives can be left whole, cut into tiny pieces, or one inch strips. They can be crisply fried to add a bit of crunch (add some oil to a pan, put in the chives and fry until they start to brown and crisp) or sprinkled onto a fresh salad (as this recipe suggests).
Dried Chives? Skip ’em.
Period. Dried chives are one of those herbs that defy explanation. If you had to choose between dry and none, go with the latter. I would buy grocery store, pre-packed chives before I would ever purchase a jar of dried chives. They are dull in color and flavor, and basically are off-putting. Ick.
Garden Fresh Chives at your fingertips
In Maine I have an herb garden on the back deck. It is right off the kitchen door and I go out and snip as needed. As the growing season in Maine is quite short and limited (although one of my friend’s is there right now in the cold and rain getting her garden going), an outdoor herb container is a summer/early fall delight. My garden is a little walk from the house, and even though I do a large amount of parsley out there, I like to have a few herbs close by for convenience. And of course, the farmer’s markets are always a great source for more. Maybe a garden is not your thing, or you do not have an outside living space. Fear not! Chives can easily be planted in a countertop container. And not just chives – many herbs do very well indoors with good light, water and TLC.
Additional Chive Recipes to try:
Wash and dry tomatoes. Cut into quarters. Place in serving bowl. Cut chives into pieces using kitchen scissors. Toss with tomatoes. Add EVOO, balsamic, salt and pepper. Serve as a side dish or over lettuce. Fresh dinner rolls or bread to absorb the salad dressing and tomato juice is a must with this.
Chive Tomato Salad
Wash and dry tomatoes.
Cut into quarters.
Place in serving bowl.
Cut chives into pieces using kitchen scissors.
Toss with tomatoes.
Add EVOO, balsamic, salt and pepper.
Serve as a side dish or over lettuce.
Fresh dinner rolls or bread to absorb the salad dressing and tomato juice is a must with this.