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Sunday Snack: Caprese Quinoa Salad

Posted Sunday Jun 01, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

 

Looking for a recipe that's simple and perfect for summer? Try this recipe for Caprese Quinoa Salad.

We've adapted the classic Italian Caprese salad by combining it with the supergrain quinoa, sneaking in some nutritious proteins, antioxidants, and other health benefits into an already delicious dish. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

The process is simple. Just combine cooled quinoa with diced mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil then add our Traditional 18-Year Balsamic Vinegar and your favorite olive oil. In this particular recipe, we used our Milanese Gremolata - infused with lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and mint - giving the dish an added subtle hint of citrus and garlic flavors.

Perfect for a summer barbeque or as a light lunch, this refreshing summer salad will become one of your new favorites! 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Caprese Quinoa Salad 

Ingredients:

1 Cup quinoa, cooked & cooled

1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced

1 cup grape tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup fresh basil

1/4 Cup Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Traditional 18-Year Balsamic Vinegar

3 Tbsp. Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Milanese Gremolata 

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Process:

1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

2. Cover, refrigerate and serve cool. 

We took three of our favorite things - apples, bacon, and chèvre - drizzled them with our most popular infused balsamic vinegar, then rolled them up in flaky crescent rolls and baked them. 

The result?

An irrestisble snack sized treat oozing with the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavor.

This recipe uses our Fig Balsamicselected for its juicy, complex flavor that's the perfect complement to nearly any dish. It pairs particularly well with chèvre and apples and is our most popular infused balsamic vinegar. Fig is an excellent choice, but this recipe can be adapted to include any of your favorite infused dark balsamics. We also suggest Vermont Maple, Pomegranate, or Dark Chocolate. The rolled shape makes these a perfect hand-held party snack, great for entertaining. 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll ups with Fig Balsamic 

Ingredients:

8 oz. package of crescent rolls (8 pieces)

8 strips bacon

4 oz. log of chèvre

1 cup red apples, diced

1 Tbsp. Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

Process:

1. Bake bacon strips in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. (Avoid making bacon too crispy so it can still be rolled easily.) 

2. Lay out crescent roll dough on a greased baking sheet. 

3. Add bacon, chèvre, apples and top with Fig Balsamic.

4. Roll up dough in a pocket - keeping the ingredients stuffed inside.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

Bacon Chèvre Roll Ups with Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar

 

Sunday Snack: Peach Basil Summer Salsa

Posted Sunday May 11, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

Fresh, vibrant, and flavorful!

This summer salsa recipe captures the essence of the summer season. Bursting with fresh flavor, this salsa is a blend of colorful, ripe fruits and vegetables that are staples of the summer season: peaches, pineapples, tomatoes, and corn.

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa


A bit of fresh basil and a drizzle of our Basil Olive Oil add a refreshing green herb taste. The sweetness of the fruit and Peach Balsamic Vinegar is balanced by a zip of heat from a minced jalapeño pepper. Using these fresh ingredients creates a wonderful salsa that can't be matched by a jar of store bought salsa.

We suggest serving with chips or topping grilled chicken, meat, or fish. A perfect addition to a summer BBQ menu or accompaniment to your afternoon Happy Hour! 

Peach Basil Summer Salsa

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pineapple, diced

2 tomatoes, diced

2 peaches, diced

1 jalapeño, minced

1 small red onion

1 ear of sweet corn, cut off the cob

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

a pinch of Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Jalapeño Sea Salt

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Arizona Pepper seasoning

1 tablespoon Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Basil Olive Oil

1 tabpesoon Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

 

 Process: 

1. Combine fruits and vegetables together in a large mixing bowl.

2. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and vinegar. 

3. Serve with chips. 

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Peach Balsamic Basil Olive Oil Summer Salsa

Sunday Snack: Cheese & Balsamic Pairings

Posted Sunday Apr 20, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

Good cheese and good balsamic vinegar are a perfect match. Here are five of our favorite pairings. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing


1. Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar & Bleu Cheese

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

2. Fig Balsamic Vinegar & Gouda

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing 

3. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar & Chèvre 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

4. Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar & Brie 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

5. Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar & Cheddar 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing

Sunday Snack: Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Posted Sunday Mar 30, 2014 in Sunday Snack by Jenna Brower | 0 Comments

We’ve got a secret: we’re antsy for spring. 


Maybe it’s not a secret. Warmer weather recipes are creeping into our winter-soaked minds and making us wish for summer veggies, barbecued meats, and grill marks! 


Since it’s not quite grilling season just yet, we thought why not adapt a summery recipe for grilled Chicken Tacos for indoor cooking? Just to hold us over till the warmer weather arrives… 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

 

Tacos are a favorite that can be prepared in a variety of ways. In this recipe, using our Chipotle Olive Oil & Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar, the marinade adds a unique sweet and spicy flavor to the tacos. Adding the zest and juice of fresh limes brings in a citrusy element - a flavor that complements both the chipotle and pomegranate. It’s recommended to marinade the chicken between 2-3 hours covered in the refrigerator. After preparing the chicken in the frying pan, finish pieces with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar to really lock in the flavor.

 Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

The flavor of the dressing is a result of using our Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Adobo seasoning. Our Adobo is a salt-free Mexican seasoning featuring a blend of garlic, onion, pepper, and hot peppers. Unlike many packaged taco seasonings, our Adobo is MSG free and offers a healthier option over some others. 

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Arguably one of the best parts of any taco night is the toppings you pick! For this dish, we chose diced tomatoes and shredded cabbage to add some texture to the dish and finished with a sprinkle of Jack cheese and chopped cilantro. 

 

We’re looking forward to preparing this dish again in the summer using the grill! 

 

Chipotle Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Ingredients: 

1 pound chicken breasts

Marinade:

1/4 cup Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Chipotle Olive Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper

 

Dressing:

1 cup sour cream

1/2 Tablespoon Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Adobo seasoning

2 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 teaspoon cumin

sea salt & fresh pepper, to taste

 

Toppings:

tortillas

tomatoes, diced

cilantro, chopped

cabbage, shredded

jack cheese, shredded

 

Process:

1. Marinade: Whisk together all ingredients. In a flat covered container or Ziplock bag, combine marinade and chicken. Let marinade in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

2. Dressing: In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

3. In a frying pan, cook chicken over medium heat, leaving marinade in the pan. Cook chicken 8-12 minutes, until its no longer pink inside, turning occasionally. Finish chicken with a drizzle of Chipotle Olive Oil & Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar. Slice chicken into small pieces. 

4. Warm tortillas in non-greased skillet for 30 seconds. Add dressing to tortilla first, followed by chicken and other toppings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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