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The Joy Of Flavored Olive Oils

Updated on January 15, 2014

In my evergreen quest to lose weight (the last 40 lbs are the hardest....), I've turned my nose up at any bottled salad dressing and have even shunned balsamic vinegar as I didn't want to add the sugar to my diet. Instead, I've discovered the joy of flavored olive oils.

My lunch is usually a beautiful salad - each day brings something new. Today, for instance, I had romaine, red peppers, radishes, green onions, chopped jalepeno peppers, and sun dried tomatoes gracing my salad bowl. My flavored olive oil of choice? That Grand'aroma Truffle Flavored olive oil you see in the collection to the right. It was almost TOO good to be a low calorie lunch. Now, low calorie, you say? Follow me here:

All olive oil comes in at 119 calories per tablespoon. Now, with an unflavored olive oil, I might well douse my salad with a full tablespoon or possibly a bit more. But, flavored olive oils pack much more flavor in every drop so I usually put about 1.5 teaspoonfuls on my salad. The trick is then to toss the salad so the olive oil touches every piece of each vegetable. The result is a very flavorful, incredibly nutrition lunch which fits easily into my diet.

I also love to add just a small amount of flavored olive oil to the bowl of fresh soups I've been making. Adding just a drop and running a knife through the oil creates a beautiful pattern. It's much easier to enjoy a bowl of soup when the presentation is welcoming. Flavored olive oils also work very well when mixed with parmesan for a very tasty topping for crunchy fresh bread.

The Grand'aroma selection of flavored oils is my absolute favorite. They're also way less expensive than buying the flavored oils from one of the new specialty oil and vinegar shops that are popping up around town. So, what are you waiting for? Let's go shopping!

Bonus: here's a few articles I've written about good recipes for senior citizens:

My elderly Mom loved my low sodium chicken pot pies

Gluten-free no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies - perfect to make with kids.

Cooking a low sodium diet for the elderly

I've been really getting into making very creative, beautiful salads. Here's a few things I do to 'mix it up' that you might not have though of:

  • Add marinated jalepeno peppers - find them at the grocery store - for great variety
  • Chick peas add a nice protein selection to salads
  • Sun dried tomatoes are always a welcome addition
  • Chop up sugar free bread and butter pickles and add on top
  • Add a small amount of raisins or chopped walnuts to the salad bowl

I always have my Oxo salad spinner in the refrigerator with salad ready. I'm much more apt to reach in and grab a serving of salad than if I had to prepare it each time.

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner, Large, Clear
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner, Large, Clear

I totally love this thing! It also keeps salad fresher much longer than storing vegetables in the vegetable bin.

 
Mantova Garlic,Basil,Chili,Lemon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 8.5-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)
Mantova Garlic,Basil,Chili,Lemon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 8.5-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)

Another good choice. I've had these before and have really enjoyed them.

 
Mantova Organic Flavored Balsamic Condiments, Pear, Raspberry, Fig and Pomegranate, 34 Ounce
Mantova Organic Flavored Balsamic Condiments, Pear, Raspberry, Fig and Pomegranate, 34 Ounce

If you like designer vinegars, you can't go wrong with this selection.

 

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This is a shot of one of my typical salads. Doesn't it look delicious?My salad spinner is always loaded and ready to go in my fridge.You can even make salad in a jar for easy transport to work.
This is a shot of one of my typical salads. Doesn't it look delicious?
This is a shot of one of my typical salads. Doesn't it look delicious?
My salad spinner is always loaded and ready to go in my fridge.
My salad spinner is always loaded and ready to go in my fridge.
You can even make salad in a jar for easy transport to work.
You can even make salad in a jar for easy transport to work.

Do you typically eat salad for lunch like I do? Comments appreciated.

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      katt61 3 years ago

      We are tracking! I had a great salad today too. My flavored olive oil of choice today - lemon infused! The salad was: Butter & red leaf lettuce, red pepper slices, mushrooms, cucumber, avocado and smoked turkey breast. YUMMY!