There are a dozen ways to make a homemade dressing with olive oil to add to your salad. The options are exciting and endless, but when you have a bottle of premium extra virgin olive oil in your hands, you might want to get a little more creative.
Here are five ways to use extra virgin olive oil in your salads all year round!
Roast and Toast for a Crunch
Although the smoke point of extra-virgin olive oil averages around 425°F, it remains a solid choice to get fat and flavor from roasting your vegetables.
Use olive oil to get that crispiness you crave to make your meal more interesting, or get fancy and toast up some nuts and crunchy-toppings to add a satisfying bite to your salad.
Saute, Stir, and Fry Your Toppings
Good olive oil can withstand high frying temperatures and enhance the flavor of whatever it is you are cooking. Saute some mushrooms, stir some potatoes, or fry tofu and pop it into your salad for a unique kick you may not have thought of!
Marinate Your Meat or Seafood
Extra virgin olive oil has that slight peppery finish that makes it a perfect base ingredient to marinate your favorite meats and seafood.
Toss your meat in a basic marinade with some olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and let it sit before grilling. Or, get creative and try adding things like maple syrup and cayenne pepper to give you the best meat pairing with your salad. (If you want to skip the meat, try it with butternut squash or sweet potatoes!)
Make a Homemade Vinaigrette
Even though the pull of store-bought salad dressing can be strong, once you try a homemade vinaigrette, your whole life will change!
Making your own salad dressing with premium extra virgin olive oil is a great way to consume more healthy fats and control exactly what you’re putting into your body!
Here is a basic base recipe for a homemade vinaigrette that you can use.
- 1/4 C lemon juice
- 3/4 C The Little Shop extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ¾ tsp. pepper
Place all ingredients in a sealed jar and shake or whisk to combine.
Add in other ingredients, like Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, or garlic to make it your own!
Just Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
And of course, a good premium extra virgin olive oil has a full-bodied, beautiful taste of its own.
Combine all your favorite leafy greens and vegetables, and just drip, drop, and drizzle your EVOO for a whole lot of flavor. Whether you like your classic olive oil or want to shop our flavored olive oils, like Wild Mushroom & Sage or Baklouti Chili, you’re in for a treat.