1 cup quinoa, rinsed (or pre-washed)
½ teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
2 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil (optional)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 3 limes)
2-1/2 teaspoon Asian fish sauce
2-1/2 tablespoons SOOC Persian Lime Olive Oil
¼ -½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (use less if you don’t like heat)
Add quinoa, salt and 1-2/3 cups water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, until the water is adsorbed and the quinoa is cooked. You will know it is done when the little “tails” sprout from the grains. (If necessary add 1-2 tablespoons more water if the quinoa is not cooked by the time all the liquid is adsorbed) Transfer to a service bowl and let cool in the refrigerator.
In the meantime, make the dressing by combining the lime juice, fish sauce, Olive Oil, and crushed red pepper. Whisk.
Once the quinoa is cool, add the red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, scallions, fresh herbs and dressing. Toss well, then taste and adjust seasoning. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Salad will keep for several days refrigerated.
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1 cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup SOOC Lemon Olive Oil
2 pints fresh strawberries
Lemon juice to taste
Whip cream topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare an 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pan with oil and a piece of parchment paper large enough to form an overhang along the length of the pan.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, yogurt and vanilla.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the egg mixture and stir. Add the olive oil and stir until blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Test with toothpick to make sure the cake is fully cooked in center.
Cool the cake for about 10 minutes and lift it gently out of the pan. Remove the parchment and let cool completely.
Slice the strawberries and add the lemon juice to taste. Let them sit for about half an hour.
Add strawberries and whip cream topping to each slice of cake.
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1 to 1 1/2 pounds salmon filet with skin on (sockeye salmon is great if still in season)
1/4 C SOOC Blood Orange Olive Oil
1/4 C SOOC Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar
4 garlic cloves (minced)
2 Tablespoons fresh herbs chopped (chives, cilantro and parsley or whatever your herb garden is plentiful of)
Dash red pepper flakes (depending on the level of spice you want)
Salt and pepper to taste
Marinate your salmon filet with the Blood orange olive oil and the tangerine balsamic for up to two hour or if time doesn’t allow then baste your filet before grilling…..marinating adds more flavor. Sprinkle filet with mixture of remaining ingredients.
Preheat your grill to approximately 400 to 450 degrees or on high.
Place salmon steaks skin side down on grill for 3-5 minutes or until skin gets dark and crispy. Then place the filet on a piece of aluminum foil for remainder of cooking time for 6-8 minutes (depending on thickness of the filet). Press on the thickest part of the filet with a fork and it should still feel somewhat soft and squishy with creamy fluids releasing. Do not overcook the filet…..salmon is a fatty fish and will still be very moist but fully cooked.
I always drizzle a little more tangerine balsamic over the filet on the plate as we’ll for added flavor. Enjoy!
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- 4 cups kale leaves, washed, dried, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces, with tough stems removed
- 2 tablespoons SOOC Harissa Olive Oil (can substitute Chipotle or Cayenne Chili Olive Oil)
- 1 teaspoon paprika (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees
In a large bowl toss the kale with olive oil, paprika, and salt. Arrange the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until crisp and edges begin to turn golden-brown. Approximately 20-25 minutes.
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Cherry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1 cup SOOC Persian Lime Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup SOOC Black Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Directions: Combine cherries with balsamic vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes. Combine with remaining ingredients and whisk together. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Honey Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/3 cup SOOC Persian Lime Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
- 3 Tbsp SOOC Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic Vinegar (or you can use your favorite SOOC White Balsamic Vinegar)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Directions: Whisk together all ingredients, serve immediately or refrigerate.
Asian Butternut Squash Seed Oil (or Pumpkin See Oil) Dressing
- 1/2 cup SOOC Butternut Squash See Oil or SOOC Pumpkin Seed Oil
- 1/2 cup SOOC Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard (or horseradish mustard)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Directions: Whisk together all ingredients. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
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-1 Angel Food Cake, Cubed
-1 box vanilla pudding mix, made according to box directions
-1/4 cup milk (in addition to milk used in pudding)
-1 1/2 cups raspberries
-1 1/2 cups blueberries
-1 1/2 cups strawberries
-1/3 cup SOOC Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar
-1/3 cup SOOC Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar (or Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar)
-2 cups heavy whipping cream
-2 Tablespoons honey
1. Make the vanilla pudding mix, adding the extra 1/4 cup milk; the pudding will be runny. Whip with mixer, two cups of heavy cream with the two tablespoons of honey until stiff peaks form.
2. In a large decorative glass bowl, add half of the cubed Angel Food Cake to the bottom. Add a layer of mixed berries (using about 1/2 of the berries). Pour half of the pudding mixture over the berries. Then drizzle half of the Balsamic Vinegar over the pudding. Next add a layer of 1/2 the whipping cream over the top.
3. Repeat the layers with Angel Food Cake, berries, pudding, balsamic vinegar, finishing with a layer of the whipping cream.
4. Garnish with fresh berries. Keep chilled before serving.
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- 4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 cups warm 110 degree water
- 1/3 cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (natural or flavored)
- 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
If using a bread machine follow the instructions for adding ingredients to the machine. If mixing in a mixer or by hand, combine the sugar and water and yeast in a large bowl or mixer bowl. Allow to sit for five minutes. Add the olive oil and salt. Begin mixing in the flour. It will be fairly wet but avoid the temptation to add more flour. Knead for approximately 3 minutes until the dough is relatively smooth and cohesive. Allow to rise for 1 hour covered in a warm place. Divide and shape or roll the dough in to two large thin crust pizzas or three medium thin crust pizzas. Depending on how hot you can get your oven or grill, the cooking time will be anywhere between 5-10 minutes. You are looking for golden brown crust and bubbling cheese.
makes enough dough for 2 large or three medium thin crust pizzas
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