Violet Vinegar for Salads

This is a very unusual, but pretty vinegar to make. It makes a lovely dressing for the milder salad leaves, chicory and fennel.

Vinegar: Pack a clean jar with flower petals, making sure you have removed all green and white parts.  Cover with a good white wine vinegar.  Seal and leave in a warm spot for 4 weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain into clean, sterilised bottles.

Dressing: Place 2 tsp white sugar, 1 garlic clove, 3 tbsp violet vinegar and 9 Tbsp oil in a screw top jar.  Shake well before using.