If you love cooking with herbs (me too!), I have good news for you: you may have some wild herbs growing in your backyard! You’ll know for sure, because every time you run the lawn mower over them it smells delicious. Not fresh-cut grass delicious, but something’s cooking delicious. Like onions or garlic or chives.
I have a bunch of these guys in my backyard, and through spring and early summer the garlicy-oniony-herby scent back there is overpowering. For a long time I assumed they were wild chives cause the tops are so chivey, but when I dig them up they have bulbs that taste powerfully garlicy. For now I’m splitting the difference and thinking of them as scallions.
If you get that wonderful smell when you mow, chances are you have some wild herbs in your midst. They look way different from grass too, taller and greener and thicker. Chives? Maybe. Wild garlic? Maybe that too. Scallions? I’m not sure, but I like the way it sounds. We’ll just call them herbs, and a really cool way to cook with herbs is in a wild herb vinaigrette.
I love seeing the little herbs floating around in that rich, fresh vinaigrette. There’s a lot of garlic in there too to keep them company.
This recipe is slightly adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe for fresh chive vinaigrette, and it’s soooo good! It’s mild and earthy, you might even call it a peaceful flavor. I had to shake things up and make it a little tarter, but even at that it’s a very calm and lovely taste.
You only want to be cooking with your backyard herbs if you don’t use pesticides and don’t live very near anyone who does. So if that’s not an issue, you just snip them, come in and give them a good wash and then use them just like you would chives.
Doesn’t that beat the pants off of running them over with the lawn mower?
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Adapted from Bon Appetit's Fresh Chive Vinaigrette
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 clove garlic, minced very fine
- 3 Tbs white wine vinegar
- 2 Tbs lemon juice
- 4 Tbs olive oil
- 2 Tbs wild chive, scallion, green onion or garlic tops, washed and snipped or chopped fine
- 1/4 tsp salt
- fresh black pepper to taste
- Combine everything in a lidded container and shake well. Makes enough to dress two 10-cup mixed salads.