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Apricot and Ricotta Salad with Grapefruit Balsamic

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

This salad combines the flavors of sweet, creamy, and peppery all in one. Using the combination of Grapefruit Balsamic and Lemon Olive Oil gives it a fresh ingot tangy flavor. 


Ingredients:

1/4 Cup ricotta salada
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 Tablespoon Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons Lemon Olive Oil, plus a drizzle for ricotta mix
2 Tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
3 Cups arugula or your favorite mixed greens
3 medium apricots, cut into quarters
Salted pepper to taste

Method:

Combine ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil, zest, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. In another bowl combine vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk olive oil into Vinegar mix until combined. Place greens, apricots, and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl with about half of the prepared dressing. Toss gently and season to taste, add more dressing if needed. To serve, portion out salad mix and top with ricotta mixture.

Serves 4

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Toasted Bread Salad

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

Bread salads are made different ways all over the world, depending on the culture. Here is a basic recipe that can be modified using your desired flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It's a great way to use leftover bread and can be eaten as a side dish or main course. Try adding grilled chicken or steak for a hardy meal!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 cloves garlic, crushed
4 Cups crusty bread, cut into bite sized chunks
1 Cup red onion, diced
3 Cups tomatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
1/4 Cup Feta or Mozzarella cheese, whichever you prefer
3 Tablespoons White or Dark Balsamic Vinegar
1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn into bite sized pieces
1 Tablespoon capers
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

Heat olive oil and sauté garlic 1-2 minutes, add bread and sauté until golden brown. Lower heat, add onions and sauté for another minute or so. Add tomatoes and vinegar, remove from heat. Add basil, cheese, capers, toss to combine. If salad seems dry, drizzle a small amount of olive oil over it and toss. Serve immediately and garnish with basil.

Serves 4


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Last Minute Layered Hummus

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

Try any of your favorite seasoning blends in this super simple appetizer!

Ingredients:

8oz Cream Cheese, softened
8oz your favorite kind of hummus
1/2 Cucumber, seeded and diced
Greek Seasoning
Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

Method:

Mix a few pinches of Greek Seasoning to softened cream cheese, mix thoroughly. Layer seasoned cream cheese, hummus, cucumber on a small serving plate. Sprinkle with more Seasoning and a drizzle of the olive oil. Serve with crackers, pita, or veggies!

Serves 4-6

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Roasted Red Pepper & Feta "Caprese"

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

 

This is a tiny departure from the traditional tomato, mozzarella, and basil caprese and tastes just as good if not better!

Ingredients:

1 12oz Jar of Roasted Red Peppers
2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 Cup Basil Olive Oil
4 ounces Feta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives, chopped
Salt & Cracked Pepper to taste

Method:

To avoid tearing, carefully remove roasted red peppers from jar and drain well. Place peppers in a small bowl and cover with about half of the olive oil. Chop garlic and add to mix, along with salt to taste. Gently mix so as not to break up the pepper pieces. Chop chives and cut 2 slices of feta for each serving.

To Serve:

Drizzle a small amount of oil on each plate. Place 2 slices of roasted red pepper over the oil and top with 2 slices of feta cheese. Drizzle a little more oil over the stack, top with salt & pepper, and chopped chives.

Serves 4

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Simple Asparagus, Ham, and Grueyère Fritatta

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on


Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds organic Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, washed, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups fresh asparagus spears, woody parts trimmed, cut into 1" pieces (spinach works too)
1 bunch green onions finely chopped - you could also opt for shallots or onion here instead
1 cup Canadian bacon or smoked ham cut into 1" pieces - or go meatless with sauteed mushrooms
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese or substitute for any cheese you like, or simply leave it out, it's all good
8 large eggs, whisked
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup UP EVOO or any infused olive oil of your choice.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Place the cut potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 5 minutes, drain, and reserve.

In a large, heavy, oven-proof skillet (a 12" cast iron is ideal here) heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until golden brown, turning once. Add the green onions, asparagus, and saute over medium heat for another 2 minutes.

Whisk together the eggs, salt, cheese, and pepper. Pour over the potatoes directly into the pan, shake the pan a couple times gently to distribute the egg, and pop the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and run a knife along the inside perimeter to loosen from the pan. Allow to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes,before inverting onto a serving plate. Cut in slices and serve with a lovely salad of baby spinach or arugula dressed with Milanese Gremolata whisked with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic for a light, healthy meal.

Serves 6-8
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