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8 Blood Orange Olive Oil Recipe Faves

bottle of Vervana crushed blood orange flavored olive oil

I’ll admit it…when we first offered our Crushed Blood Orange Flavored Olive Oil, I didn’t really know how to use it. I loved its sunny, citrusy and slightly sweet flavor, but wasn’t exactly in the habit of eating blood oranges with olives or olive oil.

Lemon olive oil was easy – I had grown up eating veggies, fish, chicken, salads, etc. dressed with extra virgin olive oil and with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Using Crushed Lemon Flavored Olive Oil on these foods was a no-brainer.

While daunting at first, Blood Orange Olive Oil soon become one of my favorite flavored olive oils. Not only versatile, it sparks new ideas for me in the kitchen that are easy to implement via the simplicity of “open and drizzle.” For that reason, I love having blood orange olive oil around for those moments of inspiration.

fresh raspberry sauce made with Vervana Blood Orange Flavored Cold Pressed Olive Oil

Recently, my brother graced us with some fresh raspberries from a local farm stand and a light bulb went off…put the raspberries in the blender with the blood orange olive oil! The result was a bright pink sauce with a fresh, sweet tartness balanced with smooth richness and a subtle citrus flavor.  And it was super simple to make.

Here it is along with several other favorite recipes using Vervana Crushed Blood Orange Olive Oil. I hope you enjoy some of them as much as I my family and I have!

1. Raspberry Blood Orange Sauce Recipe

  • ½ pint fresh raspberries, washed and dried
  • Vervana Crushed Blood Orange Olive Oil

In a blender, bullet or food processor, puree the raspberries with desired amount of blood orange olive oil (I used about 2.5 Tbsp). Serve on whatever food you like….It’s that easy.

baked chicken with fresh raspberry sauce made with fresh raspberries and Vervana Blood Orange Flavored Cold Pressed Olive Oil.

We enjoyed it spooned over baked chicken breasts (45-60 min at 375 degrees F, brush first with blood orange olive oil and season with salt and pepper).

You may also want to try it on toast as a healthier raspberry jam alternative, or spooned over quinoa and topped with chopped walnuts as a fruity hot “cereal”. Since the sauce is not all that sweet, I imagine it would make a nice fruity complement and lend a splash of vibrant color to a chocolate dessert like dark chocolate olive oil cake (see also below).

2. Blood Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Beet Salad Recipe with Blood Orange Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

This delightful dressing is awesome on arugula salad with beets, goat cheese and walnuts, and is a cinch to make – simply whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl, or combine them in a small jar and shake until emulsified (I like the jar best, since you can easily shake it up as needed).

Organic Balsamic Vinegar will give you a tangier dressing; use Fig Balsamic Vinegar for a sweeter vinaigrette.

3. Blood Orange Ginger Roast Chicken Recipe

healthy holiday roast chicken dinner with Vervana blood orange olive oil, savory all natural Vervana salt blend and pepper & juniper blend

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare the marinade: peel and mince the ginger root, then slice orange into round wheels. In a small bowl, mix about 2 Tbsp of Blood Orange Olive Oil with 1 Tbsp minced ginger root.

Drizzle about 1/2 Tbsp of Blood Orange Olive Oil into a shallow glass or metal roasting pan, and evenly spread the oil along the surface to prevent sticking.

Remove the giblets from the chicken*, then rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in the pan breast side down. Place an orange slice inside the body cavity with about 1/2 to 1 Tbsp of orange-ginger marinade. Spoon the rest of the orange-ginger marinade over the chicken, spreading it evenly over the entire surface. Freshly grind the Salt and Pepper Blends over the chicken, then layer it with orange slices.

To cook the chicken, place the pan in the oven and roast for 35 minutes, then flip the chicken over and roast for another 35-40 minutes. Time needed will vary depending on the weight of your chicken – ultimately you want to roast the chicken until a meat thermometer inserted in the breast reads 160 degrees F or 165-170 degrees F inserted in the thigh. If you have additional time, you can turn down the temperature and cook for longer, which should result in more tender and juicy meat.

Optional – serve with Blood Orange Cranberry Relish (another recipe on this page).

4. Blood Orange Ginger Chicken Tenders Recipe

A simpler variation of the roast chicken recipe above that you can make in 35 minutes.

  • 1 package chicken tenders, organic if possible
  • 2 Tbsp Crushed Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • ½ to ¾  tsp powdered ginger, or 1 ½ tsp minced ginger root
  • Savory Salt Blend, to taste
  • Optional: Up to ¼ cup cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) or dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a glass pan, coat chicken with blood orange olive oil then sprinkle it with the powdered or minced ginger. Add a few grinds of the natural salt blend and optional cherries or cranberries (if you want a touch of fruity sweetness). Bake for 30 minutes.

This next recipe is one I like to serve with the tenders…

5.  Blood Orange No-Mayo Coleslaw Recipe

no mayo coleslaw made with crushed blood orange olive oil
  • ½ to 1 small head of green cabbage, shredded or sliced into thin ribbons
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup Vervana Crushed Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • Savory Salt Blend
  • Pepper & Juniper Blend
  • Optional: 1/8 cup minced dried apricots
  • Optional: 1/8 – ¼ tsp ginger powder

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss together.  The blood orange olive oil can be a stand-alone dressing with a few grinds of salt and pepper blends. Add ginger powder for a punch of extra flavor, and dried apricots for another layer of fruity sweetness.

6.  Baked Scallop Recipe with Blood Orange Olive Oil and Fresh Ginger

Truly fresh scallops have a somewhat sweet flavor, which is complemented by the citrusy richness of Vervana Crushed Blood Orange Olive Oil and balanced with the sweet, peppery bite of fresh ginger root and Pepper & Juniper Blend.