We love starters. While they’re wonderful all on their own, they can also be like the introductory elements you’d find in any great book, movie, or play. They set the scene and the tone of what’s to come. Satisfying and intriguing, they also whet your appetite for more. They can be complex or simple. One of our favourites in fact, is an incredibly delicious Salade Caprese where dark balsamic vinegar is drizzled over fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. There are so many things you can do with starters and so many ways you can be creative. Your guests will love you for it!

Tapas Style Prawns

Enjoy these tapas style prawns with a loaf of artisan bread, because you’ll want to savor every bite!  This dish is incredibly easy to make, yet delightfully delicious and the bread is perfect for dipping all that fabulously flavourful extra virgin olive oil! You’ll truly delight in every bite! Serve as a starter, entrée with…
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Olive Us Greek Salad

Fresh and fabulous…our Greek Salad is always as beautiful to look at as it is to eat! This is my Mom’s favourite… she makes it at least once a week!  Love you, Mom!! Ingredients: 3-4 tomatoes, cut into wedges or bite sized pieces (or about 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half) 1 medium…
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Summer Peach Caprese Salad

Ingredients: 8 oz. good quality whole milk ricotta 1 large ripe peach, sliced in 1/4″ slices (8 slices) 1/4 cup fresh torn basil leaves 2 tablespoons Olive Us Peach White Balsamic 2 tablespoons Olive Us Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil salt & pepper to taste Directions: Arrange the sliced peaches on a platter sandwiching…
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Olive Us Savory Whipped Feta Dip

This dip is so addictive that you’ll want to serve it again and again, not just for parties, but for yourself too! So many possibilities with this basic recipe… so go ahead & play! Ingredients: 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled and at room temperature 3 ounces whipped cream cheese, at room temperature 6 cloves roasted…
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Pear & Cheese Baguette Bites

Olive Us Denissimo Dark Balsamic is thick, rich and simply decadent! Barrel aged up to 25 years, this dark balsamic is lovely to drizzle or dip! Make this elegant starter with a spread of Fig & Walnut Wine preserves on slices of fresh baguette, sliced pear, warm Camembert or Brie, sprinkled with walnuts & pistachios……
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