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Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Rocket Salad Recipe

extra virgin olive oil benefits rocket salad recipe
Olive oil is rich in various antioxidants, and lowers the levels of cholesterol. I have switched to using Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my cooking for many years now, and if you have been following my recipes, you will know that I usually call for Olive Oil instead of the normal cooking oil.

giuseppe cremonini extra virgin olive oil balsamic vinegar
The Giuseppe Cremonini Extra Virgin Olive Oil is ideal for dressing, cooking and baking, and adds that extra touch to a simple pasta dish or pizza. For salad dressings or bread dips, I like to pair my Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

hello kitty tableware wild rocket salad bacon eggs
The balsamic vinegar is a bitter-sweet condiment obtained from cooked or concentrated grape must and wine vinegar, capable of enhancing the taste of any dish.

Recent interesting research works have confirmed that Balsamic Vinegar contains polyphenols, and it is noted that high polyphenol content has antioxidant effects, helps eliminate free radicals in blood and has the potential to protect against heart disease.

healthy arugula salad with sunflower seeds
This wonderfully scented Rocket Salad with Bacon Bits and Eggs in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar makes this a great healthy breakfast treat for the family. You will love the extra crunch coming from the chopped onions which are known to reduce inflammation and heal infections for centuries. Plus, Sunflower Seeds are a great source of vitamins and minerals too!

I have readers writing in asking what type of Olive Oil they should buy as they are confused with the varieties available in supermarkets.

Well, Extra Virgin is the highest grade of olive oil and naturally the most expensive. Having said that, there are also great differences among extra virgin olive oils in terms of their quality, taste and prices.

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If price is a concern, I would suggest keeping a good bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and another less pricey bottle of Olive Oil in the kitchen. It is best to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil uncooked in order to appreciate its flavour. So use the Extra Virgin in salad dressings, as a bread dipper or to drizzle over your seafood, and use the normal Olive Oil for cooking to save cost.

For me, I just keep a good quality bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and use it with almost everything, except for deep frying.

pet shih tzu olive oil for dry skin
Also, I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for my pet Shih Tzu. Due to old age, Princess Candy has extremely dry skin. I have tried many methods including giving her health supplements and whatever lotions the pet shop recommended, but nothing works. Then, I read about the wonder of Olive Oil.

For a start, I added Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Candy's diet on a daily basis and also applied the oil on her after each bath, only areas with dry skin. Every since I combined these two methods months ago, her condition improved tremendously. Now, I no longer need to apply the oil on her, but continue with the oral diet. Trust me, just 1 tsp a day and it works miraculously!

giuseppe cremonini extra virgin olive oil salad recipe
Let's get on with this healthy Arugula aka Rocket Salad with Bacon Bits and Eggs, and you can always omit the bacon for an even healthier treat!

genting garden wild rocket salad recipe arugula
( Serves 2 )
80g Arugula / Wild Rocket Salad
1 Hard-Boiled Egg
4 tsp Sunflower Seeds
½ Onion
50g Bacon Bits
6 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
Oil for frying bacon

    delicious chopped eggs salad recipe
  • Peel and chop the eggs.
  • benefits of onions reduce inflammation heal infections
  • Dice the onion.
  • crispy bacon bits in olive oil
  • Heat oil and fry the bacon till golden brown. Drain and set aside.
  • rocket salad extra virgin olive oil balsamic vinegar
  • Divide wild rocket leaves into 2 serving plates. Throw in chopped onions and drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • hello kitty placemat cute cutlery healthy salad
  • Top with eggs, bacon and sunflower seeds and serve your Rocket Salad with Bacon Bits and Eggs in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar!
Are you a fan of Olive Oil too? Have you switched to using olive oil in your cooking for a healthier lifestyle?

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  1. I love extra virgin oil in my salad. Most of the time I just drizzle some olive oil, & salt in my salad.

  2. It does look delicious, Shirley! My favourite oils for salads and cooking are extra virgin olive oil and grape seed oil. :)

  3. Delicious....but I can't help noticing your hello Kitty placemat and doll...that definitely makes your salad even more appetizing.��

  4. I have also switched to virgin olive oil Shirley. Of course, just so good for salad and I see a sensational salad right now. Can only make when my hub is away because no matter what, this typical Indian man will not touch salads.

  5. If I have a good olive oil I find I don't need much else as dressing - perhaps a little salt and pepper - but the flavour of the oil is usually enough.

  6. Old age? Princess Candy looks puppy-like. I must start drinking Extra Vrigin Olive Oil. LOL! Seriously, yes EVO is the best and I do use it in salad dressing, just not often enough. I actually find the smell a bit strong. Your salad looks delicious, something that I would enjoy!

  7. Looks like MY kind of salad! So yummy, Shirley!

  8. I have also started using extra virgin olive oil. Your salad looks so tempting! I love a good drizzle of oil in my salad but I find balsamic vinegar a bit too strong. Princess Candy looks like a princess!!

  9. Tasty! I love making my own salad dressings and balsamic vinaigrette is a favorite. I always use extra virgin olive oil in my dressings but I don't cook with it since it has a low smoke point.

  10. Hi Princess Candy! <3

    My Mom doesn't really use extra virgin olive oil because of the taste it carries in our dinner, but what she's done lately is coat the cooked vegetables with the EVOO after the gas is switched off. I actually prefer my salad without any dressing - no oil, no mayonnaise.

  11. Hello,
    Im really addicted to olive oil.
    always in my dishes, but also for my hair and skin care!
    The greeks always used olive oil for the cooking, for the medecine but also for the beauty.

  12. No need bacon for me. I love to eat arugula salad and extra virgin olive oil just like that.

  13. I really like virgin oil the best for salad success.. Kisses

  14. Here in Italy we use a lot extra virgin olive oil for everything, from food (we usually use only this kind of oil for cooking) to beuaty!
    That salad seems really tasty, and your pet looks so lovely, I'm happy you've found that way to improve her skin health! :D

  15. Vrgin Oil is a staple in my kitchen!
    Take caree! **

  16. Here we all use extra virgin olive oil...I would know how to prepare foot without it.

    This salad looks yummy!!!! I would love to try it. You're a great chef.

  17. I'm not a big fan of fresh salads ..but you had me at bacon, Shirley. Haha! ^.^

  18. Yummy! I love rocket and I love bacon and balsamic! All those things definitely go together well and healthy oils is a nice addition too!

  19. Looks delicious! We always have extra virgin olive oil--don't buy anything else. It's cheaper to buy in large quantities, and with a 6 person family, we definitely go through it. Then again, we don't use vegetable oil or anything else, so it goes into everything.

  20. Shirley, your salad looks scumptious, especially with "Hello Kitty" enjoying it. :) Glad to hear EVOO worked for your dog, too, xoxo!


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