How to Drizzle Olive Oil on Food

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Drizzling olive oil over your food adds flavor and nutritional benefits.

Olive oil consumption can lower your risk for colon cancer, heart disease, hypertension, breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Drizzling olive oil on your food is a convenient way to include it in your diet. Drizzling involves adding a thin stream of olive oil to various dishes for added flavor. Olive oil is usually drizzled from bottles designed to dispense oil called cruets. Cruets have narrow pour spouts that allow you to control the amount of olive oil you drizzle. You can drizzle olive oil over salads, breads, meats, seafood, pasta and vegetables.


Step 1

Fill the cruet with olive oil.

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Step 2

Hold the cruet over your food. Cover half of the bottle's opening with your thumb if it doesn't have a pouring spout. The amount of drizzle should only be around one to two teaspoons.

Step 3

Tip the cruet while moving it quickly over the dish, allowing a thin stream of olive oil to cover the food.


Purchase a cruet made out of ceramic, stainless steel or glass.

Olive oil contains beneficial amounts of monounsaturated fat that can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, while increasing the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol. Increased levels of HDL cholesterol also help prevent cholesterol deposits from forming in the body.

Pour the olive oil from its bottle into the cruet just before your meal. Return any unused olive oil from the cruet back into its bottle after the meal. Store the olive oil in its original bottle in a cool, dark location. Olive oil can also be stored inside your refrigerator.


Avoid drizzling too much olive oil and saturating your food.


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