Your typical cheeseburger gets a Mediterranean twist with thick slices of brie and a colorful relish of grilled peppers, sweet figs and California Ripe Olives. Grill a Mediterranean Brie Burger with Olive Fig Relish up for dinner tonight!
Summer produce is hitting it’s stride right now and I couldn’t be more in love. Strolling through the farmer’s market and practically every color of the rainbow is presented right now. Red tomatoes, orange bell peppers, purple figs, yellow corn, blue potatoes.
You get my point here. All this fresh in season produce makes keeping up with a Mediterranean style diet a breeze. Not familiar with it? The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating mostly plant based foods, whole grains, legumes, nuts and healthy fats like olives and olive oils. For the most part we practice that diet. I live and breathe by seasonal produce and ever since I was a kid olives were one of my favorite foods.
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Of course the olive love started with California Ripe Olives, you know the ones I’m talking about, the big pitted black ones that are meaty and mild tasting. I’m going to take a wild guess here but you probably played with these olives on your fingers, before plopping each and every one of them into your mouth. I mean, I did as they were such a fun food to eat. I’m still in love with California Ripe Olives now as much as I was as a kid. I look for any reason to add them to my meal – albeit a little bit more of a mature way than I when I was little.
While they make the perfect toss in for salads, pizza toppings or garnish; where they really shine through is in a flavorful sweet and savory relish for burger toppings or as a dip.
Since it’s burger season – yes, I think the summer qualifies as the official season for hamburgers! I thought it was a great excuse to mix up a vegetable and olive relish to top some perfectly grilled hamburgers. I mixed in some fresh figs that were calling my name at the market to add just a tiny touch of sweetness to compliment the briny olives, grilled bell peppers and bite of red onion. Top those burgers with creamy brie and you are set for a flavor packed dinner.
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