by Catherine Kenwell

Canadians wait all year for summer, and once it’s here we set out for cottages and campsites. We hit the road—whether we’re taking in the glory of Canada’s national or provincial parks, or we’re visiting family and friends in other cities and provinces. At the Olive Oil Co – Barrie and Newmarket, we love summertime and the opportunity it provides for more casual outdoor meals and fun.

Did you know that our products are great travel companions? Including our oils and balsamics can help transform simple cottage BBQ offerings into delicious and healthy culinary treats. Our 2-packs, 4-packs and 6-packs are sized right for traveling, whether you’re going by car, train or plane. And our regular bottles store well as long as they’re kept relatively cool and out of the sun. You can leave them at the cottage all summer—but you just might run out before summer’s end!

I’ve put together one of my favourite combinations—two, actually—to illustrate how easy it is to take our products on the road when you head out of town this summer.

I’ll begin with Sicilian Lemon white balsamic vinegar. The versatility of this sweet, tart and bright balsamic is unrivalled.

I pair it with Milanese Gremolata olive oil for a simple and healthy Caesar salad dressing. Just add freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese (if you’d like, but it’s optional!), salt, pepper and croutons if you’re so inclined, and you have a perfect Caesar! Use the olive oil/balsamic at a 1:1 ratio.

Use that same Sicilian Lemon for marinating some shrimp for the ‘barbie’. Skewer uncooked shrimp and place in a freezer-style bag, add a tablespoon of Sicilian Lemon balsamic and Garlic olive oil for each two skewers, and marinate for at least two hours. Place on the grill, and enjoy!

Sicilian Lemon balsamic and Garlic olive oil also bring out the flavour of fresh-caught Georgian Bay whitefish. Brush a little of the two on your fish just before removing it from the grill.

If you’re making a quinoa vegetable salad, add Milanese Gremolata olive oil to complement the nuttiness of the grains.

And we’re not done yet! Summer entertaining isn’t complete without cold refreshments, and Sicilian Lemon makes it easy to amp up regular soda water. Simply pour one teaspoon of Sicilian Lemon balsamic into a tall glass; fill the glass with ice and pour in soda water…it’s a lovely light lemon soda! And if you’d like, you can add your favourite vodka or gin to the mix for a calorie-wise cocktail.

Boom—two oils, one balsamic, and you’re about to become a happy traveler! Safe journeys all!

 

 

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