December 11, 2017
Infused Olive Oil Salad Dressings
Recipe

Infused Olive Oil Salad Dressings

by Berkeley Wellness  

No point in buying expensive flavored olive oils when it’s so easy to make your own. Enjoy any of these winning combinations for flavorings: Lemon-Pepper Olive Oil, Orange-Chili Olive Oil, Vanilla-Cinnamon Oil, Herbed Olive Oil, Shallot & Ginger Olive Oil and Rosemary-Garlic Olive Oil. Also feel free to use them as a guideline to create your own.

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

Seasonings (see below)

Two cups mild-flavored vegetable oil, such as olive or canola oil

Directions

1. In a sterilized (and cooled) 1-quart jar, combine the seasonings and the olive oil. Close tightly and let sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. (Shake the jar and taste the oil after 1 day.)

2. Strain the oil into a clean bottle. Discard the solids. Store the oil in the refrigerator.

Nutrition per tablespoon: 119 calories, 14g total fat (1.8g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 0g dietary fiber, 0g carbohydrate, 0g protein, 0mg sodium.

Lemon-Pepper Olive Oil ¼ cup strips of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of cracked black peppercorns.

Orange-Chili Olive Oil ¼ cup strips of orange zest and 2 fresh red chili peppers (split).

Vanilla-Cinnamon Oil 2 split vanilla beans and 2 cinnamon sticks. This unusual combination would be good in baked goods or for cooking pancakes.

Herbed Olive Oil In a small pot of boiling water, blanch one cup of leaves and stems of either basil, mint, cilantro, or parsley for 15 seconds. Rinse under cold running water; drain and dry well. Transfer to a food processor and add the oil. Coarsely puree.

Shallot & Ginger Olive Oil In a small pot of boiling water, blanch three shallots for two minutes. Drain. Cool and coarsely chop. Combine with two tablespoons chopped fresh ginger.

Rosemary-Garlic Olive Oil In a small pot of boiling water, blanch three cloves garlic for two minutes. Drain. Cool and coarsely chop. Combine with ⅓ cup minced fresh rosemary.

From The Wellness Kitchen, by the staff of The Wellness Kitchen and the editors of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.