Acorn squash is one of our favorite types of winter squash because it’s a snap to prepare. The edible skin means you don’t have to peel it and it goes from cutting board to oven in minutes. It’s subtle sweetness pairs beautifully with earthy fried sage leaves and salty Pecorino. You can also use delicata squash if you like.

Serves 12


4 acorn squash (about 1.5 lbs each)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
12 sage leaves
2/3 cup grated Pecorino cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the unpeeled squash crosswise into ½ inch thick slices. Place the slices on a cutting board and use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter that is slightly larger than the center of the squash to remove the seeds. (You can discard the seeds or toast them like pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack). Toss the rings in olive oil to coat (about 2 tablespoons) and season with salt and pepper. Divide the squash among 2 – 3 large sheet pans and roast for 20 minutes until caramelized and tender.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over medium high heat. Add sage leaves and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until crisp. Remove from pan and set on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

To serve, place the squash slices on a large platter. Sprinkle the grated Pecorino over the slices and then scatter the sage leaves over the top. The sage leaves may crumble a bit as you scatter them. Serve immediately.

This CBD strawberry salsa recipe is a perfect summertime recipe to enjoy outdoors. It’s as delicious and relaxing as it sounds. * Use it to top grilled chicken, fish or pork, tacos or tortilla chips.

Makes 3 cups


2 cups diced strawberries
3/4 cup red onion, diced (1 small)
2 tablespoons jalapeno, minced (about 1)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon Meyer Lemon Haze CBD Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Strawberry White Balsamic Vinegar or other Balsamic Vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

*Note: Try this recipe with strawberries, pineapple, mango, watermelon and stone fruits like peaches, plums or apricots. Pair with your favorite flavor of Balsamic Vinegar. Add diced avocado, cucumber or tomato if you like or try a combination of fruits!

This tart recipe calls for a crust made from a combination of white and wheat flour and swaps out olive oil for butter. The ingenious crust technique comes from America’s Test Kitchen.

Makes and servings


1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 bunch asparagus (about ¾ pound), trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 ounces goat cheese
½ cup of heavy cream*
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 eggs
1 recipe pre-baked Olive Oil Tart Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until just translucent, about 5 minutes. Add asparagus to pan and cook until crisp tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the goat cheese and cream, whisking until melted and thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Add the dill and eggs and whisk until well blended. Pour the egg and cheese mixture into the pre-baked tart crust. Scatter the asparagus and onion mixture over the top.
  3. Place the filled tart on a large baking sheet and place in center of oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until filling is set. Let it cool in the pan slightly before serving.

*Substitute half & half or milk for the heavy cream if you’d like to lighten up the calorie count.

CBD Olive Oil Recipe

This Discover Cooking with California Olive Oil Recipe Contest submission comes from Michelle Mazzara. She describes her Grilled Chicken with Cherry & Onion Sauce recipe:

“The sauce is tangy and sweet at the same time. The chili sauce gives it a little kick. This is perfect dinner to have with a nice bottle of California wine. It is also the perfect dish to make in the summer when cherries are in full season.”


2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce
3 tablespoons of We Olive Olive Oil
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 cup of red cherries, remove pit
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of sherry
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Grill chicken breasts set aside, approximately 10 minutes on each side over medium heat.
  2. In a medium size saucepan add olive oil, sherry, garlic paste, onion, cherries and sweet chili sauce. Cook over medium heat until cherries and onion are tender about 15 minutes. Add dash of salt and pepper.
  3. Serve over grilled chicken breasts.

This Discover Cooking with California Olive Oil Recipe Contest submission comes from Karen MacLaurin of We Olive Paso Robles. Karen says:

“This is a quick easy salad. You can substitute feta cheese for the Gorgonzola and toasted pecans or sesame seeds for the almonds. I have also substituted sliced peaches or nectarines for the blueberries. In Winter, when lovely fresh fruit may be harder to come by, I substitute dried cranberries. Whatever salad I make, I always use this We Olive vinaigrette.”


6 cups (or 4 good handfuls) of mesclun or spring mix salad
3 tbsp Gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles
20 grape tomatoes sliced in half
1 cup fresh blueberries or raspberries
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
4 tbsp We Olive Lemon Olive Oil
2 to 3 tbsp We Olive Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard

  1. In a dry frying pan over medium heat, toast the almonds on the stove – watching closely that they brown but don’t burn. Set them aside to cool off.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss the mesclun or spring salad mix, the gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles, the sliced grape tomatoes, the blueberries or raspberries and the cooled toasted almonds.
  3. In a resealable jar, combine the oil, vinegar and Dijon mustard. Close the lid tightly and shake vigorously. Although the usual ratio for vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, a higher ratio of vinegar to oil is recommended for this dressing. Taste test as you add the vinegar to see if you agree! I prefer 3 tbsp. of vinegar to 4 tbsp. of oil.
  4. When you are ready to eat salad, before, during or after your meal, dress the salad with the vinaigrette.

This Jalapeno Lime Marinade is our favorite marinade for steak or chicken, especially if it’s going to end up in a taco! You can also use it on pork, seafood and even veggies.


1 medium jalapeño, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup We Olive Jalapeno Olive Oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Combine jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and zest, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin in a large resealable bag or bowl. Add your meat, poultry, seafood or veggies and marinate for 30 minutes or more.

This hummus sandwich is a new addition to our wine bar menu and it is loaded with fresh, healthy toppings that will fill you up but won’t weigh you down. Use this recipe as a guideline for creating your own version with all your favorite things!

Serves 1

1 foccacia or ciabatta roll, sliced in half lengthwise
Fresh Garlic Olive Oil, to brush on the bread
1 1/2 tablespoons hummus (use your favorite!)
1/2 cup mixed greens, we like spinach and arugula
2 tablespoons soft goat cheese (or pick another cheese you love!)
1/4 cup of sliced veggies, we use tomato and bell peppers
2 tablespoons pickled onions (see recipe below)
1/4 apple, sliced
2 teaspoons Blackberry Basil Dressing

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush Fresh Garlic Olive Oil on to the cut sides of your bread. Toast for 5 – 7 minutes, cut side up until bread is golden. Spread the hummus on one half of the bread and the goat cheese on the other half. Layer the greens, veggies, onions and apples on the bottom half of the sandwich and top with other bread half. Enjoy!

Pickled Onions – thinly slice a red onion and place in a bowl. Add We Olive Peach White Balsamic Vinegar (or other We Olive White Balsamic) to cover. Eat right away or store covered in the fridge for up to a month!

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most potent organic cures, that is very quickly gaining popularity in the industry. With more number of researches and tests taking place, people are gradually starting to know the health benefits of cannabidol. It is can also be extracted from hemp, which is a form of cannabis, mostly used for industrial purposes. With the increase in the use of it for medical purposes, CBD is getting more vital to have continuous monitoring and testing. These tests are necessary as they can help improve the quality of the product by reducing the risk of contamination. CBD is one of the main active components of a cannabis plant.

What are the effective ways of using it in the kitchen?

Since nowadays people know a lot more about the beneficial and positive effects of CBD in our body, scientists have started combining edibles with CBD. There are a lot of derivatives of CBD available in the market now, such as CBD olive oil. This Strain specific olive oil is made in such a way that it can be used in the kitchen so that people can enjoy the benefits of CBD in their meals as well.

Cooking with CBD oil can provide great taste to the meal. It brings out and further enhances the flavors of the ingredients used to prepare those meals. However, there are some considerations you must remember when cooking with cannabidol olive oil. For starters, the heat should be kept at medium to low heat, and if you are baking with this oil, you should ensure that the temperature is well below the smoking point of 406 degrees. There are a plethora of amazing recipes that can be cooked with Strain specific olive oil which along with having an enriched taste, offer several health benefits as well.

What are some benefits of using Cannabidiol oil instead of the conventional ones?

Unlike CBD oil, several other pharmaceutical drugs that help may have a lot of side effects like agitation, insomnia, headache, and drowsiness. These negative effects can be further prevented with the use of CBD. Hence CBD olive oil is one of the best ways to enjoy food along with curtailing several of these health problems.

CBD oil is popular among fans, for it not only relieves anxiety but also provides pain releasing elements. The fact that CBD Olive oil has garnered such prominence itself indicates the promising aspects of Cannabis. After all, Cannabis is one such medicinal plant that comes with so many healing properties. Using CBD oil for everyday life is something that’s like never before. People who love eating healthy food can always combine CBD oil with the food-making process in order to eat and live healthy.

Preparing CBD oil at home might be an easy task, but with our range of products, your experience might get more convenient. At The Higher Olive, we intend to bring the best quality CBD oil for our customers. Hence, we have availed CBD olive oil for sale at our website.  If you proceed for the purchase of our products like Blood Orange AK or Meyer Lemon Haze, make sure you check the offers related to it. As of now, you can have a close glimpse of how CBD oil is effective for healthy eating.

You Can Make Both Savory and Sweet Recipes

Using this oil helps you make both sweet as well as savory recipes. From making baked cookies to cooking savory dishes, using CBD oil is pretty much beneficial. You can also infuse it with oil-based ingredients like ghee, butter, and coconut oil to add more versatile flavors to your recipes.

Only a small amount of oil is enough

It might be easier for you to add an extra amount of CBD oil in the recipe you’re cooking for the first time with this oil. However, adding more than the sufficient amount would only lead to bad flavors of food. Remember that lesser is more. And when you put a small amount of CBD oil in your recipe, you get a wonderful flavor.

Strong Flavors Go Well with Less Refined Oil

Now that there’s an availability to get CBD olive oil for sale, you can choose the more refined oil affordably. However, people who go for less refined CBD oil can make stronger flavors and add them to their food to get a more mouth-watering taste. In this way, you can use the lower quality oil in recipes sporting stronger flavors.

Cooking with CBD oil is an effective way to eat and live healthy. However, you require knowing the tips to cook with this oil. First off, you should always pay more attention concerning the temperature. Cannabinoids happen to be sensitive to light as well as heat. Hence, limiting their exposure is a must. When the temperature is too hot, the oil’s overall quality breaks down rapidly. Exposing it to direct flame would ensure in maintaining the oil’s integrity. This, itself, causes the oil in losing terpenes.W

So, before you choose to cook with CBD oil, make sure that the temperature is at a lower degree. This will ensure slow-cooking which is overall the best way to healthy cooking!