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Chive Flower, Mushroom, White Bean & Walnut Salad

Chive Flower, Mushroom, White Bean & Walnut Salad

My chives are growing like crazy right now and they’re in full bloom with big, beautiful purple flowers. They’ve taken over a big chunk of my raised bed already … Mom warned me that they would, but I’ve never had anything grow like that here . Perhaps it’s because the deer eat everything … except for the daffodils and the chives.

Their loss! I love them. Besides that they are gorgeous, I think chives taste marvelous. And chive flowers even moreso. While chives add sort of a subtle onion taste to a dish, chive flowers are more intense, little bursts of flavor.

And Dad gave me some beautiful fresh shelf mushrooms he found … I thought they’d go perfect with the chive flowers.

Chive flower, mushroom, white bean and walnut salad

Chive Flower, Mushroom, White Bean & Walnut Salad

  • Mixed greens
  • Cooked white beans
  • Fresh mushrooms, sliced or torn into chunks
  • Fresh cut “shards” of parmesan cheese (thinly cut slices)
  • Toasted walnuts
  • Chive flowers
  • Avocado ranch salad dressing (recipe here)

Fill your bowl most of the way with greens, then toss on some beans, fresh mushrooms, parmesan, and walnuts. Tuck in the chive flowers and drizzle with avocado ranch.

Before you eat the salad, make sure you take a moment to savor the beauty of these flowers. Then dive into the taste of them … You might want to pull them apart and scatter them all over your salad.

Chive flower, mushroom, white bean and walnut salad

This recipe was shared at  Tastetastic ThursdaysFit & Fabulous Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Manic Mondays.

9 responses

  1. chindeep3141

    what a pretty salad!

    May 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  2. GORGEOUS!!!

    May 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  3. I never thought of eating chive flowers! That make a beautiful addition to the salad!

    May 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  4. Dear, dear Ann, you never cease to amaze me! I’m out of adjectives again, or is it still? What a marvelous artist you are :) xoxoxo

    May 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much, my dear Michele! I could drown myself in these flowers they are so beautiful … and such a bonus that I can eat them too :)

      May 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

  5. This is the most delectable-looking salad I’ve ever seen. And, I love the colours together. 0;-)

    May 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much! The chive flowers really perk up a salad :)

      May 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

  6. Okay, seriously now. You`re just killing me at this point. This is another incredibly pretty meal. I envy your creativity.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  7. Just gorgeous Ann!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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