Pep up greens with a dressing made with chives

The chive is the smallest, but one of the finest-flavoured of the onion tribe, belonging to the botanical group of plants called Allium, which also includes garlic, leek and shallot. The bulbs grow in dense clusters, and are elongated, with white, rather firm sheaths, the outer sheath sometimes grey.

Chives’ health benefits make it one of the best and most nutritious additions to any meal. People who consume chives, as well as the rest of the plants from the onion family, can actually minimise their risk of getting cancer. The flavonoid content contributes significantly to the reduction of high blood pressure.

Chives are rich in vitamins E and C, which have antioxidant properties. These properties help combat free radicals that can damage the cells. Thus, they can protect people from cancer, cardiac diseases and degenerative ailments.

Now, for a recipe.

Chives Dressing

Ingredients:

Extra-virgin olive oil: 2 tbsp

White-wine vinegar: 1 tbsp

Dijon mustard: half a tsp

Sugar: quarter tsp

Water: 1 tbsp

Chopped chives: 1 tbsp

Salt

Freshly-ground pepper

Method: Blend olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar and water for 1 minute. Now, add chopped chives and adjust seasoning. Dress your favourite greens with chives dressing.

Junior Sous Chef

Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove