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    I'm looking for alternatives to olive oil for things like salads, where the taste really stands out, because I really just do not like the taste of olive oil. Any suggestions?

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    I really like avocado oil. You may like some of the nut oils too. A drizzle of walnut oil on salad is very flavorful.

    ETA: I keep my nut oils in the fridge as they can go rancid (like all nut products).
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    • #3
      some filtered and *slightly* warmed (just to keep it liquid) bacon fat? I always like its flavor : )

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      • #4
        I second walnut oil and bacon fat.
        A steak a day keeps the doctor away.

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        • #5
          Another thought on the olive oil: You may like the extra light or even regular olive oil rather than EVOO which has a strong flavor.
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          • #6
            A nut oil without the heavy load of polyunsaturated fat is macadamia nut oil, which is mostly monounsaturated.

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            • #7
              I'll add my vote for avocado oil. I find it luscious.
              Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
                I'll add my vote for avocado oil. I find it luscious.
                I didn't know this existed but it may just have changed my life. Can you cook with it or is it just good for salads?
                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                  I didn't know this existed but it may just have changed my life. Can you cook with it or is it just good for salads?
                  Apparently it's quite stable to cook with.

                  I make mayo from it, which makes a terrific base for creamy salad dressings.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ShannonPA-S View Post
                    Apparently it's quite stable to cook with.

                    I make mayo from it, which makes a terrific base for creamy salad dressings.
                    I'm salivating. I want avocado infused mayo injected into my bloodstream right now!
                    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                    • #11
                      As a holistic nutritionist, I recommend not heating unsaturated fats as a basic rule with fats & oils. Granted the smoke points vary but who is testing their cooking pan temperature to be sure they're not heating it too hot? I only cook with saturated fats and for salads I do olive or cold-pressed flax oil mixed with lemon juice, gluten-free dijon mustard garlic, sea salt and other spices. Yum.
                      Enjoy & be well!

                      Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, HLC
                      Certified Nutrition Consultant & Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Paleo nutrition
                      http://www.balancedbites.com

                      Author of the book "Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle" available on Amazon.com

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                      • #12
                        Big fan of avocado oil. Check out http://www.olivado.com

                        It's awesome for cooking. Try using it in a cast iron skillet to cook a hamburger. Even on hi it takes some time to sear.

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                        • #13
                          Wow, that's a lot of great responses and in such a short amount of time! Thanks all, the avocado oil sounds like something good to try...hopefully I'll like the flavor. I like that it can also be used at high heat, since I'm wary of going above medium heat with coconut oil.

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                          • #14
                            What about egg mayonnaise? You can make it your self but I buy it from the health food shop! I'm not a fan of olive oil type dressings either, I prefer creamy ones

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                            • #15
                              Filtering olive oil to produce light oil is stupid and a travesty. Much of the goodness in EVOO is inseparable from the taste. There are powerful antioxidants.

                              Really is tiresome seeing so many posts saying "I don't like the taste of olive oil" (puts on flameproof suit)
                              Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                              Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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