The Perfect Pairings

The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company shares top picks for olive oil and balsamic vinegar pairings.
Samples are available for tasting at The Olive Branch Oil and Spice.

At the Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company at Woodbury Lakes, co-owner Janet Richards and her husband, Bruce Bushey, have created a list of more than 500 “perfect pairings” of olive oil and balsamic vinegar available for customers to explore in their store. However, three pairings in particular are not only bestsellers, but are also perfect to spice up your fall recipes and appetizers. Olive oils and balsamic vinegars start at $7 each.

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic

Meyer lemons are a cross between oranges and lemons, which creates a sweeter flavor than regular lemons. Even better, the handcrafted fig balsamic vinegar is made by fermenting the figs in the store. Together, the tangy, fruity flavor of the fig balsamic is the perfect complement to the fresh Meyer lemon flavor of the olive oil.

Italian Herb Olive Oil and Cranberry Balsamic

The Italian herb olive oil is the perfect finishing oil with a vibrant herb flavor that works well on grilled meats or roasted potatoes, served with bread or even drizzled on popcorn. The Italian spices of the oil balance out the rich, fruity flavor of the cranberry balsamic.

Persian Lime Olive Oil and White Strawberry Peach Balsamic

This pair offers a perfect balance of fruit and citrus flavors, and is a great topper for salads. The Olive Branch team says the combination tastes like a delicious Starburst candy.