Specialty olive oil and vinegar stores are popping up all over the country, and for good, Oz-approved reasons: Studies show olive oil can (among many other things) lower breast cancer and heart disease risk, reduce belly fat, and boost brainpower. Balsamic vinegar has its own health perks too, with research suggesting it may lower cholesterol. So add some bottles of infused olive oils and vinegars to your holiday wish list and then give these unique recipes from Emily Lycopolus' fabulous new book, The Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover's Cookbook, a whirl.
Not into the fancy flavored oils and vinegars? Some of these dishes will be just as delicious with good ol' extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Just be sure to pick a high-quality bottle to reap all of its benefits. When it comes to balsamic vinegars make sure it has just two ingredients: aged grape and wine vinegar.More
Crunchy, spicy, and seriously addictive, this is the perfect protein- and fiber-rich snack to satisfy those 3 p.m. hunger pangs. If you're not a fan of spice or don't have harrisa infused olive oil on hand, the extra-virgin kind will do just fine.
Grab the recipe here.