Whip up this tasty olive tapenade to accompany your next salmon dish. It’s great on crackers too if you need to start off with an appetizer. This recipe is in partnership with California Ripe Olives.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you could have a re-do in life? I have no problem where I’ve ended up, but I would probably head to culinary school after college if I had the chance to make a change or two. That’s probably going to be my biggest regret that we don’t have a school nearby.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to St. Helena, California on behalf of California Ripe OlivesCalifornia Ripe Olives. One of the best parts is that we were learning all about olives at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
That weekend I ate my way through olives from appetizers to delicious desserts served up from CIA Chef Paul Irving and Elise from Simply Recipes. Our olives consisted of regular olives from the cans, smoked olives (a must), dehydrated olives to candied olives. If you’ve never tried olives before, the California Ripe Olives are an excellent way to start since they have a nice mild, buttery taste to them.
During one of our afternoon sessions, we got to sit down with local olive farmers as well as individuals involved in the processing plants. You could see the true passion that they had from being in a “family business” and their love for olives.
Some interesting olive facts
I came away from that trip wanting an olive orchard in my back yard and a true craving for olives on a daily basis.
In a food processor add olives, garlic, basil and olive oil. Pulse until olives are chopped up. Season the top of the salmon with salt. Place the salmon skin side down on a foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Broil for 8 minutes or until salmon pulls apart with a fork in flakes. Top with a spoonful of the tapenade.
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