A Cool New Summer Salad

A few days ago, Janet and I went to the Tap & Taste store that is exclusively devoted to the sale of gourmet olives, olive oils and vinegars. They had so many interesting flavors and varieties, most of which I had never even heard of, let alone tasted. They actually allow you to taste the oils and vinegars before buying too. I fell in love instantly. Of course I bought some new goodies, and of course I can’t wait to create some really delicious recipes from them as well. The fun has already started, but so far, I have only used one of my new vinegars, although to be fair, one I have already tried and LOVE the Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar.

Tap & Taste is a small, family owned and operated store that not only offers a wide variety of unique flavors of all their products, but they also offer them in three different sizes. [Their] store was born out of the desire to bring the highest quality and freshest olive oils and vinegars to [their] customers at an affordable price.

[Their] superb lineup of oils features some of the finest selections of Ultra-Premium Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil in North America. Ultra-Premium Certified is the highest quality standard for extra virgin olive oil in the world. [They] provide the harvest date, country of origin, and chemistry on every extra virgin olive oil [they] offer. [They] follow the olive oil crush from the northern to the southern hemisphere to bring you the freshest olive oil possible.

[Their] crazy delicious aged balsamic vinegar’s from Modena, Italy will tempt even the best chef’s palate and will have the everyday cook discovering new flavors leading the way to a healthier lifestyle. Tap & Taste’s tasting room offers a try before you buy experience. You are invited and encouraged to enjoy close to 60 of the world’s finest, freshest, and healthiest olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. [Their] oils and vinegars are bottled fresh and with lots of care just for you. You can find Tap & Taste at 14644 Orchard Parkway, Suite 1300, Westminster, CO. You can reach them either online at store@tapntasteoliveoilco.com or by phone at 303-920-9700.

This was my first trip to the store, but I definitely know I will be back again and again. This time I bought the Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar, the Cara-Cara Orange Balsamic Vinegar and the Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar. I was going to buy the smaller sample sizes, but I was easily convinced to buy the medium size instead, knowing full well I can easily put them all to good use. They all taste so good, even just by themselves. They are so bold and flavorful that you only need a little bit. A little dab will do you just fine.

As I said above, I have tried the Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar, and I love it, but the other two are brand new to me. I used the Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar in a new cool and refreshing summer salad I just made. The salad too, has already become a new summer favorite.

Green Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

1 lb cooked green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 heirloom tomatoes, medium dice

1/4 red onion, sliced very thin

1/4 cup basil, chiffonade

1 TBSP garlic

1/3 cup olive oil

3 TBSP basil infused olive oil, optional

1/3 cup Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar

2 TBSP lemon juice

1-1 1/2 cups mushrooms, quartered

salt & pepper to taste

Cook the green beans in boiling water for about 6 minutes, then blanche in ice cold water. Once they are cooled, cut them into pieces that are about 1 inch in size.

Toss all the ingredients together and let chill for about 1/2 hour before serving. And voila, a new and delicious taste sensation that is just perfect for these hot summer days. 🙂

Stay cool, stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.



Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

12 thoughts on “A Cool New Summer Salad”

  1. First of all, Jeanne, I’m so envious of your flavored vinegars and infused olive oils. Who wouldn’t want to eat a salad every day with such showstoppers?! 😋🍃😍

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      1. At the very least, you inspire me to stay on a quest for the finer things. Once we move to Naples, I plan to visit the gourmet store there. 👏👏👏

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