National Mediterranean Diet Month: Olive Oil Recipes

Did you know May is National Mediterranean Diet Month?  I don't really need a reason to celebrate Mediterranean style food. Salmon, fruity olive oil, figs,seasonal veggies and wine (bless you Mediterranean diet)...Twist my arm. I'll eat Mediterranean all the time. Not on the boat with club Med? One of the most versatile ways you can incorporate a little bit of the Mediterranean style of eating into your everyday kitchen is olive oil.

Why Olive Oil?

What To Make?
I'm a big fan of interesting salads. If you don't like salad, it's probably because you hear 'salad' and think of iceburg lettuce, sickly shaved carrots, and ranch dressing. There's a lot of room for improvement there. I like my salad full of 'stuff', and this is that kind of salad. If you're a Seinfeld fan, I would order 'The Big Salad'. If you're not a Seinfeld fan, it's time to consider catching up on the best sitcom ever.

Citrus Salad Veronique

Total Time: 15 minutes

6 to 8 servings


  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved if desired
  • 2 large seedless oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 3 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage *Note: I'm all for using Bibb lettuce or other Farms Market Lettuce here*
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds


Blend first 5 ingredients in small bowl or measuring cup. Stir in rosemary; set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients except cabbage and pomegranate seeds in large bowl; drizzle with dressing; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Mix well; spoon fruit mixture over cabbage; sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

 With woody scented rosemary, bright citrus zest, and the heat from cayenne, this dressing will have your guests analyzing each bite. And the dietitian in me wants to let you know you're also getting three types of fruit (pomegranate, grapes, oranges), a healthy fat (olive oil), and a vegetable in one plate.
What's your favorite way to add olive oil?

Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.