As a Chef, I always emphasise on obtaining and use of high-quality ingredients and this Olivia extra virgin olive oil is the perfect example. The first time I tasted it from the bottle I thought to myself, ‘Wow! this is how real olive oil should taste like’. I was hooked.

I started using it in most of my recipes and on my skin (blog post for another day) and the results were amazing.

Here I will share with you great ways to use this quintessential ingredient to add tonnes of flavour to your dishes without compromising on health.olive

  1. To Saute Vegetables

We all know how vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like kale, are very healthy but a little of a challenge to cook and make them taste good.

Using a good quality EVOO like Olivia, you get to add flavour and since sauteing is a medium-low heat cooking technique, you will not damage the oil’s nutritious components but rather you will transform your veggies into something delicious which will make it easier for you to enjoy them often and become healthier.

All you need to do is to heat your pan on medium-low heat, add some EVOO, add some chopped onions and fry them for about 2 minutes, then add your chopped greens, some salt, pepper and saute for about 1 minute.

       2. Salad Dressing

Another way to make healthy veggies more palatable is to use a good salad dressing. The most basic of dressings is simply  extra virgin olive oil, a little bit of fresh citrus juice like lemon or lime, a touch of honey, sea salt and black pepper.

You can use this to dress all kinds of salads, even coleslaw if you don’t fancy the mayo dressing.

        3. Marinade

One of the best ways to add flavour to meat/fish is to marinate it. A great marinade is essentially made of extra virgin olive oil, some citrus (both juice and zest), some aromatics like garlic and ginger, some fresh herbs like rosemary, cilantro/dania and maybe some soy sauce.

The oil is important because it carries the fat-soluble flavours into the meat and itself it adds good flavour and my go to olive oil for any  marinade is obviously Olivia. Just try that marinade recipe on some chicken, for about 2 hours. Wipe off the marinade, brown the chicken in some olive on a pan, finish in the oven, about 40 minutes, serve with a salad…thank me later.