The new manager of our St. Helena store, Marc, has extensive experience working in restaurant kitchens, and he’s bringing that background to our tasting bar. If you’ve been in the shop recently, you’ve likely seen one of his delicious experiments — sometimes it’s a dressing or marinade made with our olive oils, maybe even a dish of strawberries macerated in honey and our popular aged balsamic vinegar. These are quick, easy recipes that showcase not only our favorite products, but also the best seasonal ingredients.
Last week, our customers were treated to this “salad topper,” a refreshing mix of segmented oranges, our Napa Valley Sparkling Wine Vinegar and orange olive oil, and some fresh herbs.
Perfect tossed with a fresh green salad, a little goat cheese and candied walnuts. It’s also sweet enough to be spooned over lemon sorbet.
Over the weekend, Marc went with this salad, combining the sweet root vegetable jicama with strawberries, our Napa Valley Sparkling Wine Vinegar (you can tell it’s one of our favorites), a little lime olive oil and some fresh mint.
This one is best served with a glass of rosé or Riesling on a warm afternoon. You can dress the salad up a bit by serving it in butter lettuce cups.
For recipes, read on. And be sure to stop by and see us soon in St. Helena for more culinary inspiration.
Sparkling-Orange Salad Topper
Yield: 1 cup
¾ cup orange segments with juice
1 Tbs. Sparkling Wine Vinegar
1 tsp. Citrus Blossom Honey
1 tsp. Orange Olive Oil
2 tsps. fresh organic cilantro, torn into small pieces
2 tsps. fresh organic mint leaves, torn into small pieces
Pinch Organic Grey Sea Salt
Pinch fresh-cracked Black Peppercorns
Cut the bottom and top off of an orange. Slice down the sides following the contour of the orange removing all skin and pith. Holding the orange in one hand slice in between the membranes in a “V” shape over a bowl to remove the orange segment only. Repeat the process until all orange segments are removed then squeeze the remaining juice over the segments. Combine all of the other ingredients with the orange segments and let sit in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes before serving.
Strawberry & Jicama Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Yield: 1 ½ cup
½ cup organic strawberries
½ cup organic jicama
¼ cup Sparking Wine Vinegar
¼ cup Lime Olive Oil
Pinch Pink Himalayan Salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbs. fresh organic mint leaves, torn into small pieces
Remove the tops and cut the strawberries into quarters lengthwise. Peel the jicama and cut into ½ cubes. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.