Chive Oil

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Olive oil infused with chives, perfect for vinaigrettes, salads, or roasted/grilled vegetables.

Chive Oil

This is barely a recipe. But then, I have barely a kitchen, what with the remodel.

The refrigerator is shoved up against a wall in the living room. Dishes are done in the bathroom sink. Coffee is set up nearby on the only counter we have in the entire house. Thankfully, the unseasonably dry, warm weather has permitted meal preparation on a large, sturdy table on the deck, and the grill has been a lifesaver. Ditto the microwave/convection oven that now lives in  Myles’ office/man cave, and the slow cooker that sits on the floor in the living room next to a jumble of 22 stacked boxes of kitchen stuff.

This chive oil is an easy little condiment that’s great for adding to vinaigrettes, potatoes, legumes, or basting almost anything roasted or grilled. I keep it in the refrigerator – it lasts about a week before the chives begin to deteriorate. If you strain out the chives at some point during the week, I recommend keeping the oil in the refrigerator as well.

Chive Oil
Recipe type: Condiment
  • 1 bundle of chives (about ¼ cup when chopped)
  • ⅔ cup good olive oil
  1. Mince the chives as finely as possible.
  2. Place in a jar with the oil, and let sit for one day before using. Over time, the chives will infuse the oil even further.
  3. Refrigerate and use within one week. Strain the chives out at any point, or not at all. It's completely up to you. I tend to leave them in and add the chives and oil to vinaigrettes, salads, and roasted vegetables and legumes all week.


Tomorrow I’ll post how I used them on a pickled beet salad!

Meanwhile I thought you might be interested in the progress of our new kitchen.

First to go: the skinny counter that bisected the kitchen from the eating area.


Next up: rip out the tile floor


But the house is over 100 years old, and the floor was REALLY sloped, in more than one direction. So a LOT of time was spent getting it (more) level.


Finally a nice new floor of wood planks.


Even in my tiny office off the kitchen.


Some new cabinets went in yesterday to replace some of the storage room I had in the skinny counter that came out from that wall.


And a new hutch for a tiny, tiny hallway between the kitchen and the man-cave.


Thank goodness for warm, dry weather, since the deck is packed with stuff for the project. It’s also my only food prep area available right now.


Next up for next week: new sink, cabinets over the sink, counter, range, refrigerator, and this new tile for the backsplash gets installed.


All in all, it’s been a busy two weeks, with maybe two more weeks to go. Now the schedule is up to the cabinet maker – fingers crossed. Wish us luck :-)

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  1. Laurie Dupree says

    Oh Susan, looks like it will be beautiful when finished, but better you then me….guess if WE did it, we’d have to set up David’s “R.E.I Supply Store” he has stored in the basement, and live in tents for a month!! At least my boy’s are campers….I’d just vacate to Hilton Head and stay there till it was over! ;)) lol Be sure and update when you are finished!

  2. says

    Whoa! What a remodel! Exciting stuff, albeit inconvenient at the moment (I hate being stuck in a house under renovation, it’s happened three times now!). It’s going to be amazing when finished! Love this chive oil concept. I often infuse oil with different herbs and spices but I’ve never used chives before. Inspired, I can imagine how good this would be with scrambled eggs or a potato mash! Yum. Good luck with the rest of the overhaul! x
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  3. Laura says

    Hi Susan,

    I really admire your ability to write anything coherent while remodeling your kitchen.

    Love the chive oil! Keep up the great work you do with your recipes. They are all great.

    Chef Laura

  4. says

    Oh the dust, the grime, the noise!!! I have so much empathy for you right now Susan. I know what you’re going through. Just keep reminding yourself that it will all be worth it when it’s done. :) Love the hutch! I’m assuming you’ll carry that same style into the kitchen. That’s going to be very pretty!! Love the chive oil! You just reminding me to add chives to my list of plants for my new garden this.

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