Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are given a California Olive Ranch twist with the addition of extra virgin olive oil. We used Halloween cookie cutters to create a spooky treat, but they are great for any holiday.

Healthy Squash Tart

We love Thanksgiving as much as the next person, but we’re not patient enough to wait until November to indulge in some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Luckily, this squash tart made with whole wheat flour and a dose of extra virgin olive oil is healthy enough to enjoy all season long. If you make … Read more

Chickpea, Spinach + Potato “Samosa Pie”

“Samosas are individual hand pie–size creations that encase tasty fillings in an equally tasty crust. The choices for fillings are endless, including the popular spiced potatoes, spiced chickpeas, paneer, and ground lamb. I make this larger version that I’ve nicknamed the “samosa pie” whenever I want the flavor and texture of a samosa for dinner … Read more

Strawberry Cucumber Tomato Salad

In many of my salads, I pack as much flavor and texture as possible into the dressing, using it to bridge other ingredients or add layers of complexity to the dish. Not so with this salad! Here, I only need the simplest of vinaigrettes—vinegar, oil, and salt—to tie everything together. Why? Because I’m using two ingredients that are loaded with flavor: super-sweet, apricot-colored Sungold tomatoes and strawberries, which become even more intense with a turn on the grill. As with any strawberry-based dish, try to skip the supermarket and seek out locally grown strawberries in the late spring and early summer. There are hundreds of varieties grown in the U.S.; Tristar and Earliglow are two of my favorites, but I generally buy the smallest berries on offer, which will have the most intense flavor.

The Takeaway
Strawberries can really take the heat of a grill, but it’s vital to season them right before you throw them on, or they’ll become too wet to get a good sear. It can be tricky to grill smaller strawberries, so use a wire grill basket, which also prevents you from having to move the strawberries around with tongs, which can easily damage them.


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