Herbed Dipping Oil

As part of our summer party dishes series this month, we wanted to share crowd pleasing recipes to bring to the season’s gatherings. Community is a focal point of our family business, and we truly believe in the power of food to bring people together.

One of the most classic appetizer recipes that’s perfect for those guests short on time to prepare a dish? Herbed Dipping Oil. It’s a tale as old as time, but no Mediterranean meal would be complete without crusty bread and a house-made blend of herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. European cooking especially exemplifies that when you have high quality ingredients, you don’t need more than a few to create a sensational meal.

Jake enjoys a meal at the olive estate in Greece

That said, not just any olive oil will do. You want to start with the best your budget allows. Or at the very least, make sure it’s real. Most olive oils sold in the U.S. are adulterated or already rancid and do not contain the sought after health benefits of extra virgin olive oil. At Healthy Harvest, we visit the farms to see firsthand the production methods and each year we send our olive oils to independent lab to be tested for purity.

Related: Remembering Greece: How We Found Our Calling

Our Healthy Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil is light and buttery, or if you prefer a stronger taste, our True Tuscan adds a robust, peppery flavor. Toss in a few dried herbs, add a touch of Healthy Harvest Balsamic Reduction, pick up a fresh baked boule from the farmer’s market, and presto! You have a 2 minute appetizer to hold off “hanger” (grumpiness caused by hunger) until the main course is ready to serve.

Have a little more time to prepare? Try our Garlic Hummus or Grilled Vegetables with Marinated Feta and Tabbouleh.

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Herbed Dipping Oil
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A quick, timeless starter of garlic and herbs in extra virgin olive oil
Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (or according to your taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Healthy Harvest extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic Reduction
  • optional: fresh grated parmesan
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Serve with bread.
Fresh or dried herbs both work well!


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