A Delicious Summer Combination


We asked Chef Elizabeth Whitt to share what Pasolivo favorites she has been using in her kitchen this month. She’s stocked her pantry with California Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar, and Lemon Pepper Spice Blend. Below are her suggestions for how you can use this winning combination at home:

  • Looking for a new marinade for the next BBQ? Place 2 pounds of chicken or steak in a re-sealable bag, add 1/4 cup California Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tbsp. Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp. Lemon Pepper Spice blend, and salt to taste. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes then grill until done.
  • Try this combination as a sauce over baked fish or pork and roasted potatoes for a quick summer meal. Mix ½ Cup California Blend Olive Oil, 1/3 Cup Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar,1 ½ tbsp. Lemon Pepper Spice Blend and salt to taste.
  • This versatile combination is great in summer side dishes, especially coleslaw and potato salad.
  • Drizzle over goat cheese or mozzarella with slices tomatoes or cucumbers for an easy summer salad.

Tips for Searing Perfect Scallops


The most important factor is the type of scallops you are using; dry scallops or wet scallops. Wet scallops, as their name suggests, are soaked in water and usually chemically treated to preserve them longer.  This means they absorb and retain more water which will hinder the browning process of the scallops.

Dry scallops are the ones you want to use to achieve a nice brown crust. Dry scallops are not chemically treated and are not soaked in water. Their flavor is therefore more pure and concentrated but their shelf-life is shorter so eat them fast.

Another important step in cooking scallops and other seafood is to not wash or rinse the scallops. Thirty minutes prior to cooking just place them on a paper towel lined plate and cover with another paper towel on top.  If they are dirty or smell funny and you feel they need to be washed then you should return them and not eat them.

Finally, it is important to have a very hot pan and to not move your scallops until they have browned. Moving them during searing will remove them from the direct contact with the heat and will mean they will be less likely to brown or will take longer to brown.

The Five Rules of Summer Grilling



Season your meats and vegetables with your favorite Pasolivo Olive Oil, sea salts and spice blends prior to grilling for high-impact flavor.

2. Timing

Make all of your sides, salads, desserts, and appetizers the day before so you can relax and enjoy your gathering.

3. Organization

Cook chicken thighs, sausages, and hot dogs first and keep them warm in an oven on a low heat or on a grill shelf while you finish your items that can be over-cooked easily like steaks and chicken breast.

4. Resting

Always allow a little resting time for your meat, to give the juices a chance to settle back for the juiciest and most tender meat possible.

5. Finish with Flare

Drizzle your grilled items and vegetables with your favorite Pasolivo Olive Oil and a sprinkle of sea salt to make everything taste that much better.

Looking for a great recipe for your next BBQ? See our Grilled Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Onions Recipe Here


Fiesta Fajitas



In preparation for Cinco de Mayo our resident chef, Elizabeth Whitt, was inspired to create a Chicken Fajita recipe with homemade salsa that features our Pasolivo Spicy Trio (Lime Olive Oil, Sriracha Salt, and Smokey Spice Blend). This recipe is the perfect way to spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebration or any time you feel like bringing some Southwestern flair to your table.

Chicken Fajitas

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings



2 bell peppers, sliced thinly

1/2 onion, sliced thinly

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin bite size strips

1 teaspoon Pasolivo Sriracha Sea Salt

1 tablespoons Pasolivo Smoky Spice Blend

¼ cup Pasolivo Lime Oil, divided

12 flour or corn tortillas, warmed over flame or in microwave

½ bunch cilantro, chopped (optional)

Sour cream for garnish, optional


Heat a large heavy bottom sauté pan over high heat.  When hot, add sliced bell pepper, onion and 2 tablespoons Pasolivo Lime Oil.  Let sit in pan without stirring until vegetables start to brown, about 2 minutes.  When brown, move vegetable over to the side of your pan and season with about 1 teaspoon Pasolivo Sriracha Sea Salt.  Add 1 tablespoon Pasolivo Lime Oil and chicken slices.  Season chicken with 1 teaspoon Pasolivo Sriracha Sea Salt and cook without moving until they are browned or cooked about halfway.  Using a flat bottom spatula scrape chicken off the bottom of the pan if sticking and gently stir so chicken cooks on the other side.  Sprinkle both chicken and vegetables with 1 tablespoon Pasolivo Smoky Spice Blend. Cook for another 2 minutes until chicken is just done.  Turn off heat, toss together vegetables and chicken and add remaining 1 tablespoon Pasolivo Lime Oil or more to taste.  Taste for seasoning, adjust as necessary and sprinkle with cilantro if desired.  Serve with warm tortillas, sour cream and salsa


1 avocado, diced (optional)

1/2 onion, minced

2 tomatoes, diced

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon Pasolivo Sriracha Sea Salt

1 teaspoon Pasolivo Smoky Spice Blend

2 tablespoons Pasolivo Lime Oil


Gently fold ingredients together, taste for seasoning and correct if necessary.

Make-ahead method

Slice onions, peppers and chicken the day before and keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.  Make salsa the day before and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Cook as directed when ready.

Seven Ways to Make Mom Feel Special!



Make mom feel special with some tips from Pasolivo. We have listed a few of our favorites and hope they help you create some wonderful memories this Mother’s Day.

  1. Write down all the reasons you love her on a hand-written card.
  2. Make her a special Mother’s Day breakfast. Try our Frittata recipe and bring her breakfast in bed.
  3. Devote an entire day to mom by spending time with her and doing the things she loves (and throw in a lot of hugs throughout the day!)
  4. Have a photo shoot with mom. Get dressed up and take a few photos with her.
  5. Put her favorite things together. Does she love reading, cooking, running? Make a “Mom’s Favorite Things” basket or take a look at a few of our favorite picks for mom here.
  6. Make sure she knows you are thinking about her…even if you are not close enough to visit in person. Flowers, cards, and Pasolivo gift baskets are great ways to show her how much she is appreciated.
  7. Bring mom to Paso Robles for the day and come visit us at Pasolivo. Plus, if you spend $50 or more we have a free gift for Mom!


Happy Mother’s Day from Pasolivo!


Cooking Tip – How to Elevate your Fruit Salad


Elevate your fruit salad with Tangerine Olive Oil and Chardonnay Smoked Sea Salt. Olive oil acts as a natural preservative and antioxidant for your fruit, keeping it from turning brown and allowing it to stay fresher longer. The salt and olive oil bring out the flavors in the fruit and take your salad to another level. Add a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of yogurt for a delicious dessert or snack! Continue reading “Cooking Tip – How to Elevate your Fruit Salad”

Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder

This irresistible chowder comes together quickly and is even better the next day! It’s so easy and delicious you can make this ahead of time for a Super Bowl party or just a cold night in! Plus, it’s low sodium, soy free, and vegan and vegetarian friendly!

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Click here for our Southwest Chicken and Corn Chowder recipe!