By Rachel Jones

Drizzled as dressings or served with a side of bread, we’ve yet to find an olive oil or balsamic vinegar we didn’t like. The Olive Merchant has plenty of options, receiving new product choices every six months as harvests mature across the globe. Each flavorful find is gluten free, organic, and an award winner. Owner Elaine Schweikarth says every label includes the chemistry, crush date, and country of origin, so you can get some background on the bottle you’re about to tear into. For the fall, we’re reaching for Roasted Pumpkin Seed and Butternut Squash Oils, which she suggests mixing with Red Apple or Maple Balsamic for an amazing dressing. Or, pick up the Neapolitan Herb. “It’s a blend of rosemary, garlic, marjoram, thyme, and sage that is mouthwatering over freshly sliced tomatoes or grilled vegetables,” she says. “It is a favorite for marinating steak kabobs with or simply adding to a Bloody Mary.” For more products and recipes, follow The Olive Merchant on Facebook and Twitter!

The Olive Merchant, 4430 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.519.8576.  

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