Olive Oil & Food Pairing Chart

EVOO

Tasting Notes

Best Use

 

Mild/

Delicate

 

 

 

    Smooth and mild, delicate, light, elegant flavor, mellow yet rich
    Slight bitterness and fruitiness
    Buttery

    Dishes that require subtle flavor enhancements:

    • Fish
    • Pesto
    • Eggs
    • Baking/preparing desserts
    • Popcorn
    • Mayonnaise
    • Tender salad greens

     Medium

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Fruity
    • Pleasant bitterness and pungency
    • Hint of a peppery finish
    • Artichoke, avocado, nut

    Dishes that call for fruity flavor enhancements:

    • Bitter Salad greens
    • Grilled Chicken
    • White meat
    • Lamb
    • Vegetables
    • Fresh pasta
    • Great for dipping with bread or vegetables.
    • Red wine vinaigrette
    • Corn salad
    • Sautéed or slow-roasted meat dishes such as lamb shanks

     Robust/ Strong

     

     

     

     

     

      Intensely bold and assertive
      Pungent
      Spicy
      Grassy, artichoke, tomato, herbs

      Dishes that call for a bold flavor:

      • Pasta Sauces
      • Bitter greens
      • Spicy dishes
      • Soups (as ingredient and drizzled on top)
      • Stews
      • Grilled meats & roasts
      • Bruschetta
      • Aged cheeses
      • Seafood paella
      • With garlic mashed potatoes