You can’t go wrong with a lovely, colourful, packed with flavour bread dipping oil. This pretty-in-pink version is PERFECT for date nights – it looks gorgeous, takes less than 10 minutes and uses easy-to-find ingredients. Just mix everything with olive oil and serve with a pile of your favourite bread.
THIS is what to make when you don’t know what to make for a date night. You probably have the ingredients you need already (and there are easy swaps you can make if you don’t), no cooking is required AND it looks gorgeous. Grab a fresh loaf of bread and a bottle of rosé and you’re good to go.
It really is as simple as mixing a pile of lovely (very pink and blush-toned) ingredients with olive oil, then serving. It looks super impressive and I guarantee whoever you serve it up to will love it. It’s perfect for a date night of any kind – whether that’s with a partner, best friend, girl’s night or just as a fun solo date night for yourself.
These ingredients are very similar to the ones I use in my recipe for a heart-shaped cheese ball, so if you’re a cheese fan, I’d recommend having a look at that recipe too.
- Dried fruit. I’m using dried cranberries and apricots because I love the sweet, tartness they bring. You can play around, based on what you like and what you have – raisins, sultanas, dried figs, strawberries or mango would also be great.
- Sundried tomatoes. One of my most used ingredients, and it works beautifully here. I like using semi-dried tomatoes if I can find them because they’re softer than regular sundried tomatoes, but either will be fine.
- Olives. My preference is ALWAYS Kalamata olives, but you can use any type you like or even marinated olives. Make sure they’re pitted to keep prep easy.
- Herbs. I’ve gone for fresh thyme and oregano leaves, but you could also use flat-leaf parsley, basil, cilantro, sage or rosemary (you’ll want to chop the rosemary finely).
- Parmesan. Most things are made better with cheese and this oil is no exception. Use manchego, pecorino or even feta or blue cheese instead if you like.
- Almonds. These provide a little crunch and extra texture to the oil. Swap them for pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts or keep it nut-free by using pumpkin (pepita) or sunflower seeds.
How to make it
All you need to do is chop your ingredients, then mix everything with olive oil.
Taste, season with a little more salt if you like, then serve with lots of lovely bread.
Got a question?
Yes! The oil keeps well for 3 to 4 days in the fridge, though the colour of the herbs will dull over time so just keep that in mind if you are prepping it in advance.
Use more sundried tomatoes, or you could use jarred artichokes.
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