The Spicy Olive’s Basil Pesto

Do you have a lot of fresh basil in your garden this summer? Here is the perfect way to enjoy it-make a homemade batch of fresh Basil Pesto!

The Spicy Olive’s Cream Puffs

Homemade Cream Puffs are an elegant dessert to make for a special occasion. Makes delicious addition to a Brunch menu.

The Spicy Olive’s Citrus Salad

This salad is great for a summer day or in the winter when you need a burst of sunny citrus!

The Spicy Olive’s Roasted Broccoli

The healthiest way to prepare vegetables is to saute or roast them in olive oil. This traps in the nutrients that are in the vegetables as well as the health benefits from the olive oil, vitamins A & E, monounsaturated fats and anti inflammatory agents.

Great Ideas for Mother’s Day Brunch with The Spicy Olive

Melanie Cedargren, owner of The Spicy Olive, was on Living Dayton with Delicious Ideas for Brunch to surprise your mom on Mother’s Day! The Spicy Olive’s fresh and flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars add wonderful flavors to our recipes and ease to preparing a meal sure to delight mom on her day! Melanie prepared a Mimosa featuring our Cara Cara Orange Vanilla balsamic to give the cocktail a hint of an orange vanilla creamsicle! The Cara Cara Orange Vanilla balsamic was also used to dress a fruit salad. We also made moist Lemon Bread with our Lemon olive oil. Rounding out the brunch is a Wild Mushroom and Smoked Cheese Omelette.

The Spicy Olive's Roasted Beet Salad

The Spicy Olive’s Roasted Beet Salad

Beets are so delicious when they are roasted in olive oil, especially our Blood Orange olive oil. Roasting them in the Blood Orange olive oil brings out the natural sweetness of the beets!

The Spicy Olive's Lemon Blueberry Mini Bundt Cakes

Lemon Blueberry Mini Bundt Cakes

These delicious little bundt cakes are full of lemon flavor from our Fused Lemon olive oil. They are perfect for dessert or a nice touch for brunch! And, of course,  you can make it in a large Bundt pan, just increase the bake time to 45-50 minutes or so.

The Spicy Olive's Strawber

The Spicy Olive’s Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is a Spring delight, perfect for Mother’s Day get togethers!

Recipes From May 2016 Newsletter


May Recipes Featuring the Flavors of the Month:

 Baked Kale Chips


  • 4 cups kale leaves, washed, dried, and cut into 1/2″ pieces, with tough stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons Harissa Olive Oil, Chipotle, Milanese Gremolata, Tuscan Herb or Blood Orange could also be used
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

In  a large bowl toss the kale with Harissa olive oil, paprika, and salt.  Arrange the leaves in a single layer on the baking sheet lined with parchment.  Bake until crisp and beginning to turn golden-brown at the edges, about 20-25 minutes

The Spicy Olive’s Shrimp Scampi

2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Milanese Gremolata
1 onion or a shallot,  diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Sicilian Lemon white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
1 Tablespoon capers
2 lbs. large raw shrimp, clean, peeled and deveined
Parmesan cheese to taste
2 Tablespoons butterSaute onion or shallot in Milanese Gremolata olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic, salt and pepper, Sicilian Lemon balsamic, white wine and capers. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and simmer for about 7 minutes, until shrimp are almost done. Add butter to pan and stir into sauce. This should thicken the sauce, you can add more butter if desired. Serve over pasta, rice or toasted french bread slices and top with parmesan cheese. Delicious!The Spicy Olive’s Citrus Salad

2 tbsp. walnuts or pecans, chopped
6 oz. bag of mixed greens
2 naval oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 large grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup The Spicy Olive Sicilian Lemon or Grapefruit White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup The Spicy Olive Blood Orange Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 tbsp. orange juice

Mix salad greens and fruit in a salad bowl. Whisk together the dressing ingredients except for the olive oil. Add oil in steady stream, whisking constantly until well incorporated. Pour over salad and serve.

The Spicy Olive’s Roasted Broccoli

1 bunch of broccoli, washed and cut into spears
Mortar and Pestle’s Citrus Herb Seasoning
1/4 cup The Spicy Olive’s Milanese Gremolata olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place broccoli in a ziplock bag. Pour Milanese Gremolata over broccoli and seal. Shake bag until broccoli is evenly coated. Spread on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle with Mortar and Pestle’s Citrus Herb seasoning. Place in oven and roast for 20 minutes until broccoli is crisp tender. Enjoy!

What’s better than extra virgin?

 At The Spicy Olive we have always prided ourselves on bringing our customers the freshest, healthiest and best olive oils. As we head into the new year, we will be bringing in olive oils that are even better than extra virgin. This new level of quality is called ultra premium.

We are currently in the process of transitioning all of our olive oils from extra virgin to ultra premium (all of our single varietals have made the switch), so the next time you visit we will probably have several of them available! The biggest benefit of this change is that our flavored olive oils will be fresher. By making this transition, we will be able to implement our dual hemispheric model, which enables us to use ultra premium olive oil from around the world and deliver the freshest olive oil to you.

It seems that consumers focus on where their olive oil is produced, when they really should consider when, what and how the oil is made. By using the ultra premium (UP) standard focuses on the chemistry and freshness of the olive oil. To create the best olive oil, both high quality fruit and high quality production processes are needed and the UP standard encompasses strict requirements for both the end-product and the production processes.

The UP standard was created by our suppliers Veronica Foods in response to the growing need to separate high quality extra virgin olive oils from what dominates the so-called “gourmet” and “premium” olive oil markets. We have told you before about the low standards and misinformation surrounding olive oils and we hope this new designation will help create more clarity.

Only the freshest and best olive oils will meet the UP standard – it exceeds all existing Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American, Californian or any other standard for olive oil. In order to qualify for this UP certification, the olive oil must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of production, storage, transportation, testing chemistry and organoleptic requirements. All of this is intended to promote Fair Trade practices and to promote and protect the highest quality olive oil.

If you want more information about our new UP olive oils, be sure to visit the UP website and feel free to ask next time you visit or give us a call!