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Torn Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes & Mozzarella Fresca Salad

Torn Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes & Mozzarella Fresca Salad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Sides, Starters | 0 comments

It doesn’t get easier or more elegant than this! Using mouth-watering heirloom tomatoes right at their peak-of-ripeness with the freshest olive oil in the world makes an incredible combination! 6 cups baby arugula washed, spun dry 2 cups of sliced heirloom tomatoes 1/3 cup freshly torn basil leaves 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced 1/2 pound mozzarella fresca, thinly sliced or bocconcini sliced in half 1/2 cup Olive Us Ultra Premium (UP) extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Champagne Vinegar 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Apricot White Balsamic  (or white balsamic of choice) 1 teaspoon grainy mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt freshly ground pepper to taste   Directions:  Combine the Champagne vinegar and white balsamic in a small bowl and place the red onions in the bowl to quickly “pickle” for 5 minutes or up to 10 minutes.  The vinegar will turn a light shade of pink.  Remove the onions and reserve.  Whisk the mustard and salt into the vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking briskly and constantly to create a semi-emulsion.   Just before serving dress the baby arugula with just a few drizzles of the vinaigrette.  Arrange the dressed arugula in layer in a shallow, wide bowl or platter.  Add the pickled onions, sliced tomatoes, cheese and torn basil leaves over the top.  Add a few more drizzles of the viniagrette and fresh cracked pepper to taste.  Serve immediately with crusty bread to mop up any dressing left on the platter/bowls.   Serves...

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Olive Us Peach Salsa

Olive Us Peach Salsa

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Marinades, Rubs & Sauces, Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Sides, Starters | 0 comments

Juicy, farm fresh peaches are the base for this gorgeously delicious salsa!! Make it as mild or spicy as you like! Great as a dip with chips or condiment for meat or fish!  We’re so lucky to have fabulous, fresh produce in the Okanagan Valley!  Thanks to Davison Orchards for always being there to share, quite literally the “fruits of their labour”!! 4 fresh peaches, diced 1/2 large sweet or red onion, diced (or to taste) 1/2 jalapeno pepper, no seeds, finely diced (or to taste) 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 11/2  Tablespoons Olive Us Baklouti Chili Fused Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Limonato Fused Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Peach White Balsamic 1 Tablespoon Olive Us Jalapeno White Balsamic Juice from 1/2 lime 1/4 teaspoon Olive Us Lime Fresco Sea Salt (or as desired) Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently mix together.  The amounts can easily be adjusted to suite your own taste. Place salsa in a serving dish and serve with tortilla chips or use as a condiment for tacos, quesadillas, chicken, pork, fish, etc. Get creative and explore amazing variations of salsa using your favourite flavours from Olive...

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Olive Us Watermelon Salad

Olive Us Watermelon Salad

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Sides, Starters | 0 comments

6 Cups seedless watermelon, cut into bite sized pieces 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped 2-3 Tablespoons sweet onion, thinly sliced or chopped Sea salt & pepper, optional 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled Mint leaves for garnish, optional   Directions: Gently combine ingredients* together in bowl and dress. Add sea salt and pepper to taste if desired Dressing: 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic (Pomegranate-Quince White Balsamic, Blackberry-Ginger Dark Balsamic, etc) 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Persian Lime Olive Oil Shake olive oil and balsamic together in a jar or whisk together.   *Note:  Many combinations work well for creating & dressing this sweet, colourful salad.  A drizzle of Traditional Dark Balsamic is also...

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Olive Us Strawberry Serrano Salsa

Olive Us Strawberry Serrano Salsa

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Marinades, Rubs & Sauces, Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Sides, Starters | 0 comments

Fresh, sweet strawberries make a beautiful salsa!! Picked up a flat of lovely strawberries from Vernon’s Davison Orchards and got to chopping! Spice this salsa up or tame it down! So delicious & versatile! 4 cups fresh strawberries, diced 1/2 cup red onion, diced 1 Tablespoon green jalapeno, finely diced (seeds removed) 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (any variety) 1 1/2  Tablespoons Olive Us Baklouti Chili Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Persian Lime Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Olive Us Serrano Honey Vinegar 1 teaspoon Olive Us Smoked Serrano Sea Salt 1 teaspoon Olive Us Lemon Organic Cane Sugar Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently mix together. Place salsa in a serving dish and serve with tortilla chips or use as a condiment for tacos, quesadillas, chicken, pork, etc. Get creative and explore amazing variations of salsa using your favourite flavours from Olive Us! Here’s another spicy, sweet one… Olive Us Harissa Olive Oil with Olive Us Peach White...

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Oven Baked Kale Chips with Spicy Harissa Olive Oil

Oven Baked Kale Chips with Spicy Harissa Olive Oil

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Other, Recipes, Sides, Starters | 0 comments

Create a super snack with some crunch and some kick!  Don’t want the spice??  It’s easy to change it up with a different olive oil! Ingredients: 4 cups kale leaves, washed, dried, and cut into 1/2″ pieces, with tough stems removed 2 tablespoons Olive Us Harissa Olive Oil 1 teaspoon paprika (optional) 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt Directions: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. In a large bowl toss the kale with Harissa olive oil, paprika, and salt.  Arrange the leaves in a single layer on the baking sheet lined with parchment.  Bake until crisp and beginning to turn golden-brown at the edges, about 20-25...

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Flatbreads ~ a World of Possibilities!

Flatbreads ~ a World of Possibilities!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Mains, Recipes, Sides, Starters | 0 comments

“AHHHHH….”.  Flatbreads…lunch, dinner or snacks just don’t get any easier!!  Using store-bought flatbreads, they are quick solution to satisfy your cravings and can easily be made with a little of this and a little of that! Brush on almost any of our olive oils (i.e. – Garlic, Tuscan, Milanese Gremolata, Persian Lime, etc), maybe add a spoonful of Parmesan-Asiago Spread or Smoked Artichoke Tapenade, a bit of fresh veggies, perhaps some leftover chicken or a bit of prosciutto…whatever you like!! Light sprinkle of sea salt, bake at 400 degrees for a few minutes. Add some rich sweetness with drizzle of your favourite balsamic (shown above is a popular one for flatbreads, Fig Dark Balsamic) or a little spice with one of our spicy olive oils.  Come by Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room to get the...

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