Friday, May 31, 2013

Vanilla Ice Cream with Olive Oil (Trust Me)

Okay, if you haven't heard of this, and it sounds odd, then this is one of those things you're gonna have to trust me on.

Gelato Con Olio E Sale (Ice Cream With Olive Oil & Sea Salt)

The source for this recipe is Jamie Oliver. The link for the photo goes right to me at
"A la Carte" was the name of my catering company, and my profile on The photo was taken by GaylaJ on  

Back when I posted this recipe on, in 2007, I was a caterer, and was cooking all kinds of dishes, and open to all kinds of foods. I had been given a Jamie Oliver cookbook with this recipe in it. I hadn't tried olive oil on vanilla ice cream, but fully intended to. Once I did try it, that was it.  That summer, I swear I had this every single night for a week.

But over the years I kinda forgot about this delicious concoction. You see, I'd left catering when the kids got older because I just couldn't work the late nights and weekends. I became a cooking slave to my little darlings who insisted on hot dogs, mac 'n cheese, and deserts such as bubble-gum ice cream, and rocket pops.

But lately I've been missing some of the foods I used to cook, and have been going through all of my old favorites. In my binder, among the Thai and Indian recipes, was a copy of the recipe for
Gelato Con Olio E Sale (Ice Cream With Olive Oil & Sea Salt), and I was so happy for the reminder!

Lucky for my taste buds, yesterday it was almost 90, and today is the same.

SO, what's a girl to do? 

The obvious answer. Eat Ice Cream.

Now, please, please, please (pretty please) try this. It's so good. And, as I said all those years ago when I was about to try it, "If I don't like it, what am I out? A bowl of vanilla ice cream?"

    • 2 scoops good vanilla ice cream (I use the slow churned, because although it's lower in calories and fat, it's super creamy and rich tasting)
    • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil (Jamie says use grassy olive oil - well, I just have a decent Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
    • A pinch Course Sea Salt

  1. Put a couple of scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream in to a bowl. Drizzle with some very good extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt on top.
So what do you say? Do you trust me? Will you try it, pretty please?!


Susan Owenby said...

I trust ya - but no, I wont try it. Only because I really dont care for ice cream at all. Weird huh? I love love love sugar and all things sweet, but cant handle ice cream or pie. :)

Julia Klimek said...

Susan - SHOCK AND HORROR! Ice cream is my favorite thing!

Camille said...

Well I am skeptical but I will try it! I'll try anything once. :D

Julia Klimek said...

Now I'm nervous about people trying it! Blame Jamie Oliver if you don't like it!!!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Oh wow ... that sounds extremely strange to me, but I'm the adventurous kind and will try anything once (well ... almost ... no crickets, please). I will give this a try and I hope I love it as much as you.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

One question, do you stir it up before you eat it, or just get a pinch of it all together in a bite?

Julia Klimek said...

Dayle, don't mix it up, just a bite with a little bit of the oil and salt on it... Let me know!

Donna McMorrow said...

I'll try it! Sounds different anyway. Found you through the g+ blog hop. I added you to my circle.

Julia Klimek said...

Hi Donna! Let me know if you like it!

Sherry Clarke said...

Hmmmmm...I am trying to decide. I do like to try new and interesting things. I do love ice cream AND olive oil. I never would have imagined them together. Maybe next weekend, huh :)

Virginia Megin Gallagher said...

I'll try it ~ I wonder if it'd be good with Chocolate? I'm a huge chocolate and salt fan... so I think it might be good.
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Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

You'll be happy to know I just tried this concoction and found it to be quite delicious and surprising. I will definitely have it again, but I'm trying to drop a few pounds so it'll have to wait until I can afford to treat myself. :)

Julia Klimek said...

Dayle, I'm so glad you liked it!

Virginia, I don't know about chocolate. Let me know if you try it tho!

Alison L said...

Found you via Someday Crafts, and I clicked because I thought, "Is she nuts?!" But, Jamie Oliver is my guy and I'll try it out.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Well I do love ice cream! Lately I've been adding caramel sauce and sea salt - super delicious! The olive oil intrigues me. I will definitely give it a try!

Julia Klimek said...

Hi Sharon and Alison! I hope you both try it! Come back and let me know if you do!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Well funny thing, I'd never heard of this until I read it here. But today the latest issue of Martha Stewart arrived and there is a full page Target ad for Sweet and Savory Gelato - pistachio gelato drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt!

Julia Klimek said...

Sharon, that's funny! I'm going to get the mag to show my hubby (who thinks I'm a little on the crazy side). Julia