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  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil on salads makes me grimace

    I need to break my salad oil habits, I either use canola oil, or sunflower oil (From the canned fish I eat). I may use squirty cream / single cream also if I dont feel like either.

    I DO use olive oil , but imo, it ruins the pleasure of a salad, it just has that despicable tang, I douse my salad with seasoning and spices but bleugh, I can still taste that olive oil. Am I doing it wrong, is extra virgin the wrong type for salad topping (I don't know the different types)

    Bleh,bleh bleh...

  • #2
    Most people like extra virgin - use the lighter colored stuff, it's less natural but more neutral in flavor. You can also try walnut oil.
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    • #3
      I recently spent a wad on a bottle of avocado oil, just to mix things up (I like EVOO fine). I had it for the first time at lunch today; it seems tasty (I had some avocado slices and olives on the salad too, so the precise taste was hard to pin down). I'm thinking it's way lower in Omega 6 than the nut oils -- my sense from recent reading is that they're not as good an idea as I used to think, as I'm always reading now about the very high Omega 6 levels in nuts.

      Oh, and read this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/
      Last edited by PrairieProf; 05-25-2010, 02:13 PM.

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      • #4
        Try walnut oil or toasted sesame oil.
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        • #5
          Olive oil is usually the oil people go to as part of their salad dressing. Although pricey, play around with various nut oils, such as macadamia, hazelnut and walnut. All those oils are pretty bad for cooking and best used cold as a flavor agent. That said, those oils will be good assuming you like nuts.

          What you could also do is play around with different brands of olive oil and countries of origin. The tastes really do depend on the climate and the type of olive that was used to make it.

          If you really want to go for an alternative, be creative and conjure a coconut milk based dressing. For starters, it already has the color to look like ranch dressing!
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          • #6
            do you add balsamic vinegar with it also? i don't think i could eat olive oil by itself on my salads. i tend to use more balsamic than olive oil.
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            • #7
              I use a very very ripe avocado and mix that into my salad. No oil needed. EVOO makes me grimace too when it is in a salad. Try 'light' olive oil. It has no taste.

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              • #8
                Maybe you would like second press of Spanish oils. Me, I can drink olive oil from anywhere. I second walnut oil and sesame oil. I gave up sunflower oil and canola oil---just my taste. Coconut oil is also good. I like cold pressed, unrefined, organic.
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                • #9
                  Walnut oil all the way. I hate olive oil in salads. Blech. Bitter and gross and heavy and weird and... not for my salads! lol
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                  • #10
                    + 1 on balsamic
                    Other option: warm some coconut oil and use it instead of olive oil.

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                    • #11
                      +1 for Balsamic vinegar. Or maybe a little lemon juice? Toss through a sliced tomato and some black pepper. Or just eat them plain?

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                      • #12
                        do you add balsamic vinegar with it also? i don't think i could eat olive oil by itself on my salads. i tend to use more balsamic than olive oil.
                        I was going to ask the exact same thing. I do evoo/balsamic vinegar/a squeeze of dijon mustard as my go to dressing, and never get an overpowering olive oil taste.
                        You are what you eat,
                        and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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                        • #13
                          We enjoy the classic vinaigrette (EVO, red wine vinegar, mustard, herbs) most days but when we want another change up, we also mix balsamic vinegar, sugar-free raspberry jam and olive oil. (Purist may want to avoid the splenda in the raspberry jam and opt for homemade raspberry puree instead.) Walnut oil-balsamic-mustard makes for a nice dressing too.
                          Last edited by BeachGrok; 05-26-2010, 04:52 AM.

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                          • #14
                            you could try these...they're pretty quick not too precise. just do things to your taste

                            quickie greek dressing:
                            olive oil, balsamic, lemon juice, dried oregano and basil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and a dollop of greek yogurt mix well

                            creamy ranch impersonator:
                            tiny bit of olive oil, greek yogurt, dried oregano and basil, celery seed, salt, pepper, garlic powder
                            you can also add grated cucumber to the above one and make your own tzatzki (sp?) sauce. normal tzatzki has dill in it also, but i never have any so i just improvise. it's excellent over chicken, lamb, salad, or a dip for veggies
                            i will maintain the truth
                            i knew naturally as a child
                            i won't forfeit my creativity
                            to a world that's all laid out for me
                            i'll look at everything around me
                            and i will vow to bear in mind
                            that all of this was just someone's idea
                            it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                            • #15
                              going primal made me very sensitive to the taste of olive oil (i never knew it had a taste before) I used to buy the big cheap bottles of whole food 365 brand oil, but that stuff just smells and tastes off to me. There is a store around here that has a tasting station where you can sample all of their oils and vinegars. All olive oil is not equal. I was able to find a reasonably priced bottle of stuff with a nice mild flavor and very little odor. Eperiment with different brands/pressings and you should be abel to find one that doesnt offend
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