Tristan Murphy

Origin and Uses

Chives were first identified in ancient China, and first cultivated in Medieval Europe. The most commonly used part of the chive is the stem. It is most commonly used in savory recipes. It can be found fresh or dried.

Fresh Chive Vinaigrette



  • 1/2 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups salad greens and fresh herb leaves and tender stems


  • Combine garlic and a pinch of salt in a large salad bowl. Mash to a paste with a fork. Mix in vinegar, then oil and chives; season with salt and pepper. Add greens and herbs and toss to coat.

Health Benefits

Chives have a low caloric value and are high in Vitamin K. They have a dieuretic effect that will lower high blood pressure. They also promote ease of digestion.