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July 20, 2016

A L’OLIVIER Fruit Vinegars

by Anne Paddock

France’s oldest (1822) oil and condiment makers – A L’OLIVIER – makes 7 fruit vinegars – Passion Fruit, Mango, Raspberry, Fig, Black Currant, Tomato, and Espelette Chili Pepper (a red pepper grown in the Basque region) – that make a refreshing addition to summer salads. With a thick sauce-like texture and a fruity-tart sweetness, the natural bright-colored A L’OLIVIER fruit vinegars are smooth and delicious as is – or as the perfect addition to olive oil for a light summer dressing.

canstockphoto11218084Simply chop up a large bowl of mixed fresh greens. Cut up a fresh ripe avocado and a cucumber and add to the greens. Add a handful of chopped fresh basil, parsley, and dill. Toss the salad and then drizzle with any of the fruit vinegars for a refreshing light summer salad. For an even richer flavor, mix the fruit vinegar with a bit of olive oil and then drizzle over the salad. Add a few toasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts and the salad is ready.

canstockphoto16835071Or chop up fresh cucumbers, add chopped dill, a bit of salt and pepper, and then drizzle fruit vinegar over the salad for a delightful variation of a summer favorite. Simple, easy, but oh, so delicious.

A L'Olivier_Fruit_VinegarsFull of fruit pulp, the vinegars can also be tossed with fresh fruit, mixed with plain yogurt, added to sparkling water for an adult non-alcoholic drink reminiscent of kombucha, and used instead of apple cider vinegar with mayo-based dressings and tossed with diced cabbage to make a fruity cole slaw.A L'Olivier_Vinaigre

Smooth and delicious, the vinegars are beautifully packaged in a 200 ml bottle and sell for about $13 per bottle at Whole Food Markets, www.igourmet.com, and other fine grocery retailers.A L'Olivier_Fruit_Vinegar

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