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Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Recipes

Olive OIl Recipes from Temecula Olive OilLooking for new ways to use your favorite olive oils and vinegars? At the Temecula Olive Oil Company we love recipes. For years now we've experimented with recipes of all sorts and posted some of our favorites here to share with you. So whether you're feeling like a balsamic vinegar recipe for your salad or a delicious margarita pizza with a spicy kick, we hope you'll enjoy our olive oil and balsamic vinegar recipes as much as we do.

We know that there are so many others out there who love cooking with olive oil and balsamic vinegar just as much as we do and we'd love to hear about those recipes as well. So don't hesitate to send us your favorite recipes.

Olive oil and balsamic vinegar recipes to make your life even tastier.

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  1. Vanilla Fig Chicken with Wild Rice

    Vanilla Fig Chicken with Wild Rice

    This delectable chicken recipe pairs refreshing figs and oranges with aromatic herbs that will make your taste buds dance with delight.

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  2. Truffle Cheddar Grits

    Truffle Cheddar Grits

    Great for breakfast or brunch; just add 20 minutes to the bake time.
    Use quick cooking grits to save about 15 minutes of stirring. You can also make this a day ahead of time and bake in the morning For breakfast or brunch; just add 20 minutes to the bake time. (Thanks to Delynn from Spokane WA)

    Ingredients:
    • 2 T TOOC Truffle Olive Oil
    • 1 t sea salt
    • 3 ½ C skim milk
    • 2 C water
    • 1 ¼ C quick cook grits
    • 2 C shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • 1 t hot pepper sauce
    • ¼ t fresh ground pepper
    • 5 large eggs

    Preparation:
    In a large sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat, add salt, water and ½ of the milk and bring to a boil. Gradually stir in grits with wire whisk. Stir constantly to avoid lumps. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Grits will be stiff. Remove from heat and blend in cheese.

    In a large bowl blend remaining ingredients with a whisk until incorporated. Gradually stir grits into egg mixture.

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease shallow 2 ½ quart casserole. Pour grits mixture into casserole. Bake 45 minutes, uncovered, until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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  3. Truffle Barley Soup

    Truffle Barley Soup

    This delicious truffle barley soup is terrific in cold weather months. Thanks to Delynn from Spokane WA for sharing with us!

    Ingredients:
    • ¾ C barley
    • 2 T Le Caprice de Nature
    • 3 medium size celery stalks sliced
    • 1 large onion chopped
    • 1 ½ pounds mushrooms thickly sliced (assorted varieties works nicely)
    • 2 T tomato paste
    • 2 13 ¾ to 14 ½ ounce cans organic beef broth
    • 5 medium size carrots, cut in ¼ inch thick slices
    • ¼ C dry Sherry
    • 1 ½ t sea salt
    • TOOC White Truffle Olive Oil for drizzling
    • Fresh sage

    Preparation:
    In a 3 quart saucepan over high heat, heat barley and 4 Cups water to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes Drain barley; set aside.

    Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or saucepot over medium high heat, heat Le Caprice add celery onion and cook 8 to 10 minutes until golden stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and cook until lightly browned stirring occasionally.

    On medium high heat add tomato paste and cook, stirring 2 minutes. Add beef broth, carrots, sherry, salt, barley and 4 cups water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20-25 minutes until carrots and barley are tender.

    Serve in bowls and drizzle each with TOOC White Truffle Olive Oil. Garnish with fresh Sage.

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  4. D'Luscious Lemon Cookies

    TOOC Lemon Cookies

    A family favorite. Try serving with fresh berries macerated and drizzled with Vanilla Fig Balsamic vinegar. Learn More
  5. Tomato Basil Pasta

    Tomato Basil Pasta

    Your summer harvest of tomatoes will burst with pride!

    This simple recipe showcases our Fresh Basil Olive Oil, made with crushed organic California Basil. It is wonderful hot, but is also great the next day as a cold pasta salad.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Red Tomato
    • 1 Yellow Tomato
    • 1 Red Bell Pepper
    • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
    • Pine Nuts, Toasted and Unsalted
    • 1 Pkg. Black Pepper Pasta
    • Fresh Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • Asagio Fresca Cheese

    Preparation

    Chop tomatoes and bell peppers into even bite sized pieces and put aside. Cook pasta until aldente and drain. Toss Fresh Basil EVOO, pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, and pine nuts together. Coating everything with the EVOO. Sprinkle with fresh grated Asagio Fresca cheese and serve. This is wonderful hot, but is also great the next day as a cold pasta salad.

    Serves: 4

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  6. Temecula Olive Oil Company Gelato

    Temecula Olive Oil Company Gelato

    This lemony treat requires an ice cream maker. Learn More
  7. Temecula Mashed Potatoes

    Temecula Mashed Potatoes

    Liven up the beloved family staple. For a traditional flavor, use the Olivum or Rotture di Oro EVOO; to change things up try using the Rosemary or Roasted Garlic EVOO.
    Peel and boil potatoes as you normally would. During the mashing process, add warm milk and your favorite Temecula Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once it is in the serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil of the same flavor. For a traditional flavor, use the Olivum or Rotture di Oro EVOO; to change things up try using the Rosemary or Roasted Garlic EVOO. Learn More
  8. Sweet Zhug Chicken and Rice

    Sweet Zhug Chicken and Rice

    The middle-eastern inspired dish smells fresh and rich and the taste is addictive.

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  9. Strawberry/Fig Basil Salad

    Strawberry, Fig & Basil Salad

    Courtesy of Peggy, Rockville, NY, a recipe for Strawberry, Fig & Basil Salad.
    Ingredients:
    • 1 shallot, finely diced
    • 2 TBSP Vanilla & Fig Balsamic Vinegar (can substitute with sherry vinegar)
    • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
    • 4 ripe Black Mission Figs
    • 1/2 Cup TOOC Fresh Basil Olive Oil
    • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
    • 3/4 C fresh flat leaf parsley
    • 1/2 Cup fresh mint leaves
    • 1 handful young, tender frisee
    • Fresh cracked pepper to taste
    • 2 ounces goat cheese, chilled
    • Sea Salt to taste
    Preparation:
    Combine shallot and vinegar in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Let stand for 10-15 minutes.

    Trim fig stems, removing anything fibrous but preserving the teardrop shape. Cut into quarters lengthwise and set aside.

    Whisk olive oil into the vinegar and shallot mixture. Combine the greens and herbs and gently toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. .

    Place the greens on a serving platter and nestle the fig quarters and strawberries around the greens. Crumble the goat cheese on top. .

    Drizzle any remaining vinaigrette over the fruit and cheese and serve immediately.

    Yield: Serves 4 Learn More
  10. Strawberry and Cucumber Salsa

    Strawberry and Cucumber Salsa

    A light and tangy-sweet summer salad that is refreshing and unique.
    Ingredients:
    • 1 English (hothouse) cucumber
    • 1/2 t. salt
    • 1 pint fresh strawberries
    • 2 scallions
    • 1 T. California Balsamico
    • 2 T. mint or parsley, chopped
    Preparation:
    Peel half of the cucumber, halve it crosswise (scooping out any seeds you may find). Cut each half lengthwise into strips, then cut the strips crosswise into small dice. Place in a colander over the sink or a rimmed plate or bowl, toss with salt and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes to draw out the juices. Hull strawberries, rinsing them only if they are sandy.

    Slice and place them in a bowl with the sliced white and tender green parts of 2 scallions. Rinse the diced cucumber, drain on paper towels and add to the strawberries and scallions. Stir in balsamic vinegar and chopped mint or parsley. Season to taste with sugar, salt and pepper.

    Serve at room temperature.

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  11. Spiced Rice

    Spiced Rice

    Rice with a kick. When the rice is finished cooking, immediately mix in whole Jalapeno Stuffed Olives to the rice and serve.
    Plan on preparing your favorite rice as you normally would. But first, add about 1 tablespoon of Picante Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the water for every cup of dry rice.

    When the rice is finished cooking, immediately mix in whole Jalapeno Stuffed Olives to the rice and serve. Learn More
  12. Spiced Pinot Chicken Marinade

    Spiced Pinot Chicken Marinade

    Simple preparation and a delicious flavor. Perfect for any occasion.

    This recipe is the perfect choice for any occasion. It involves simple preparation and a delicious flavor.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 Bottle Just Dip It!
    • 1 to 1 1/2 cup (to taste) Pinot Grigio
    • Dash of Ground Salish Salt

    Preparation

    Combine all ingredients and pour over 6-8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Marinade in your refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Cook on the BBQ on low heat.

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  13. Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

    Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

    Courtesy of Dan from Denver, CO, featuring Temecula Fresh Basil Olive Oil
    Ingredients:
    • 6 T. TOOC Fresh Basil Olive Oil
    • 1 medium Yellow Onion cut into 1/4-inch slices
    • 1 medium carrot, peeled and halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
    • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
    • Hot Pepper flakes to taste (optional)
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 4 pounds ripe, fragrant heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
    • 1/4 C chopped parsley
    Preparation:
    Heat large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat.

    Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the onion, and carrot and season with a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes. Cover and gently cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

    Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes and stir to combine. Cover again and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are very juicy, 10-15 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

    Add the parsley and cook 5 minutes more. Stir in remaining Olive Oil. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. If it's too acidic, add a pinch of sugar. If it's too sweet a drop of red wine vinegar.

    If you would like a thicker sauce cook down until it reaches the desired consistency. Learn More
  14. Salmon Steaks with Lemon Sauce

    Salmon Steaks with Lemon Sauce

    Healthy and delicious salmon steaks served with a delightful lemon sauce.

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons D'Luscious Lemon Olive Oil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram leaves
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • 4 (6 ounces each) salmon steaks
    • 4 1/4-inch slices lemon

    Preparation

    Prepare grill placing coals to one side; heat until coals are ash white. Make aluminum foil drip pan; place opposite coals.

    In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, marjoram and pepper. Brush unto both sides of salmon steaks.

    Place salmon steaks on grill over drip pan. Cover; grill 6 minutes. Turn fish; brush with lemon sauce. Top each salmon steak with 1 slice of fresh lemon. Cover; continue grilling until fish flakes with a fork (6 to 8 minutes)

    Yield: 4 servings

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  15. Rosemary Lamb Chops

    Rosemary Lamb Chops

    Lamb Chops - No need to say more!

    Ingredients

    • 10-12 loin lamb chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick
    • 1/2 cup Fresh Rosemary Olive Oil
    • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Preparation

    Combine all ingredients, except lamb, in a large glass bowl. Place chops in bowl and turn repeatedly to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

    Once marinated, remove chops from fridge and allow to come to room temperature. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

    Remove chops from marinade and place on a lightly oiled grill rack. Cook for 8 minutes on each side.

    Remove from heat, allow to rest for 3-5 minutes, and serve.

    Prep time: 12 minutes.
    Cooking time: 16 minutes.

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  16. Rosemary Chicken with Whole Wheat Couscous

    Rosemary Chicken with Whole Wheat Couscous

    This chicken is flavored with fresh sage leaves and our Olivescca Olives.

    The rosemary garnish makes a beautiful presentation!

    Ingredients

    • 1-2 lbs. Thinly Sliced or Chopped Raw Chicken
    • 1 T Salish Sea Salt
    • 3/4 C Olivasecca Olives, rinsed
    • 3/4 C Dry Toasted Pine Nuts
    • 10 Whole Fresh Sage Leaves
    • 1 Pkg. Whole Wheat Couscous
    • 2 1/2 T Rosemary Reserve Olive Oil

    Preparation

    In a large bowl, combine chicken, sage, 1/2 T Salish, cover and shake to coat chicken with oil and salt. Place in refrigerator to marinade 2-3 hours (all day would be best). Prepare couscous as directed, using 1 1/2 T Rosemary EVOO in place of butter and finely ground Salish Sea Salt for table salt. While couscous is standing, heat 1-2 T Rosemary EVOO in large skillet and saut chicken (including the sage leaves). After couscous has been fluffed, add chicken, pine nuts, olives, and toss lightly. Garnish sprigs of fresh rosemary and/or sage and serve. For moister couscous drizzle with extra Rosemary EVOO when tossing everything together.

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  17. Provence Caprese

    Provence Caprese

    The Herbs de Provence add depth, complexity and zest to the fresh ingredients in this flavorful appetizer.

    Ingredients

    • 2 large fresh tomatoes
    • 1 pkg fresh mozzarella cheese, drained (The mini balls work great!)
    • 1 T Herbs De Provence
    • 1 t Salish Salt, finely ground
    • 2 T Le Caprice de Nature Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 1/2 T California Balsamico Vinegar
    • 2-3 T Olivum Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Start with 2T. If you want it wetter, add another tablespoon)

    Preparation

    Slice tomatoes and cheese into small, bite-sized pieces. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Stir again, serve and enjoy.

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  18. Portobello Mushroom Cooked like a Steak

    Portobello Mushroom Cooked like a Steak

    If you prefer, you can substitute large shiitake mushrooms, porcini, and thick slices of puffball mushrooms for the Portobellos.

    This is a meatless dish, but not a vegetarian one—the meat is on the side. If you prefer, you can substitute large shiitake mushrooms, porcini, and thick slices of puffball mushrooms for the Portobellos.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup Mission Olive Oil, plus 2 tablespoons
    • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 cup dry red wine
    • 1 1/2 cups double-strength Chicken Stock, or 3 cups canned
    • low-salt chicken broth boiled until reduced by half
    • Gray salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 4 large fresh Portobello mushrooms, gills removed
    • 4 good handfuls baby spinach
    • 1 recipe Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Soft Polenta

    Preparation

    Prepare the grill and let it burn down to medium-hot coals. While waiting for the grill to be ready, make the sauce. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the shallot and cook briefly until soft and light brown. Add 1 teaspoon of the thyme and stir. Then add the red wine, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Add the stock, return to a boil, and continue to cook until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Season with salt and pepper.

    Measure 2 tablespoons sauce into a medium bowl and whisk in the red wine vinegar. While whisking rapidly, drizzle in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Taste for salt and pepper. Set the vinaigrette aside until ready to assemble the dish. Whisk the butter into the remaining sauce, season with salt and pepper to taste, and keep warm.

    a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, the garlic, and the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Holding the mushrooms one at a time over the bowl, spoon the marinade over them and let the excess run back into the bowl. Repeat until the mushrooms have been well coated all over. (This method prevents the mushrooms from absorbing too much marinade.) Lay the mushrooms on a plate and season both sides with salt and pepper.

    Place the mushrooms, gill side down, on the grill and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Remove and keep warm.

    Add the spinach to the vinaigrette and toss well. Divide the potatoes among 4 warm plates. Top with the mushrooms, gill side up, and spoon the sauce onto the mushrooms and over the potatoes. Top with the spinach salad and serve immediately.

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  19. Pistou

    Pistou

    Pistou is a variation of Italian pesto. It makes a great sauce or condiment for pasta dishes, fish, chicken, vegetables, and soup. Submitted by Leesa from Plymouth, MA.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 C sorrel or basil, tough stems removed
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • ½ C grated parmesan cheese
    • ½ C Le Caprice de Nature
    • Dash of fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • ¼ t course sea salt
    • 1/8 t fresh ground pepper

    Preparation:
    Combine sorrel, walnuts, garlic, and parmesan in bowl of food processor And pulse until finely chopped. With motor running, drizzle in 6 tablespoons Le Caprice and process until smooth. Add lemon juice, slat and pepper. Spoon into small bowl and top with remaining Le Caprice. Refrigerate until ready to use. To serve; use as a vegetable dip, bread dip, sandwich spread, in bean soup, tossed with fresh cooked pasta or on grilled meat. ENJOY! Learn More
  20. Pinzimonio

    Pinzimonio

    This Italian vegetable dish makes a great appetizer, side dish or snack!

    Ingredients

    • An assortment of spring or summer vegetables (baby carrots, fennel, sweet bell pepper, snap peas etc.) or, fall vegetables such as mushrooms, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes
    • Just Dip It Oil or Le Caprice D'Nature Olive Oil for dipping
    • Sea salt & fresh ground pepper

    Preparation

    Blanch or roast a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables. If you prefer them raw that is nice as well. Arrange on a plate and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

    In individual dipping dishes pour olive oil and season with sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste. Dip your veggies and enjoy!

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