Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Dipping Oil

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Have you noticed that many restaurants now serve a dipping oil in place of butter with their bread? It’s easy to do at home and while I like my butter, it’s a very delicious and healthier way to go.

Well, as luck would have it……..I was recently asked to do a little olive oil taste testing for Carapelli Olive Oil. I was sent three Carapelli Olive Oil flavors… Premium 100% Italian, IL Numerato and Organic Olive Oil to sample.

Did you know that you taste olive oil similar to the way you taste wine?

There are Four S’s of Olive Oil Tasting.

1. Swirl – This releases the oil’s esters (the molecules that contain aromas).

2. Sniff – Inhale deeply. Aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil.

3. Slurp – Sip the oil while “sipping” a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. Not the various tastes and sensations

4. Swallow – Swallow the oil. It should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Note any peppery or stinging in your throat.

There are fruity flavors, bitter flavors and pungent flavors. Fruity flavors come from fresh olive fruit either ripe or unripe. Bitter flavors are from unripe olives and bitterness is an important part of an oil’s balance of flavors. Pungent flavors are peppery sensations in the throat.


My favorite was the regular Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with it’s peppery tones and crisp flavor. Perfect for dipping, salads, and marinades.

If you’re not a fan of slurping your olive oil you might love this recipe we made using the Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Allison and I were at the mall a week ago, and stopped at BRAVO! for dinner. They served the most delicious bread and dipping oil, it could have been my meal!

When I got home I did a quick search on my swagbucks toolbar and ran across a recipe on the HomeTalkEnterainment Forums that claims to be close to the oil served at BRAVO!

This would be great bottled up to give as gifts!

Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Dipping Oil

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Dipping Oil


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, thyme and basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 ounce dried tomatoes, softened for 5 minutes in a few tablespoons of boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. In small sauce pan combine canola oil and crushed basil thyme and rosemary, by pouring herbs into the palm of your hand and then crush the spices by rolling them in between your thumb and pointer finger. Heat over medium-high heat. Bring the canola oil and dried herbs to a simmer, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside
  3. Add the softened sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste salt and pepper to the cooled herbed oil.
  4. Using a submersible blender, puree for 15 seconds, add the parsley and olive oil and blend for an additional 5 seconds.
  5. Allow to sit at room temp for about 4 hours for the flavors to start to blend if you have time.


Homemade infused oils are safely stored for one to two weeks in refrigerator. Bring the desired amount of oil to room temperature before dipping.

If you don’t have a submersible blender, you could use a hand whisk, or I used my Magic Bullet.

Serve with your favorite bread, or Rosemary Foccacia Bread, like BRAVO!

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26 Responses to “Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Dipping Oil”

  1. Tammy posted on November 7, 2011 at 5:19 am (#)

    This sounds great. Does it need to be refrigerated? How long does it last, any idea? I think this would make wonderful Christmas gifts.

    • TidyMom replied on November 7th, 2011 at 5:41 am

      Homemade infused oils are safely stored for one to two weeks in refrigerator. Bring the desired amount of oil to room temperature before dipping.

  2. Jeanette posted on November 7, 2011 at 6:25 am (#)

    This has all the flavors my kids love – great idea for a hostess gift over the holidays.

  3. Simple Girl posted on November 7, 2011 at 6:43 am (#)

    This looks delicious! Great for all the upcoming parties!

  4. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on November 7, 2011 at 7:25 am (#)

    I am such a huge fan of dipping oils! We love the oil at Bravo, so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out in the near future.

  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on November 7, 2011 at 8:02 am (#)

    This looks great! Very fun gift idea

  6. marla posted on November 7, 2011 at 8:11 am (#)

    Cheryl, this would be great holiday gift & I LOVE the idea of these olive oils & the bread!

  7. Maria posted on November 7, 2011 at 8:35 am (#)

    Great dipping oil flavor! Great for gifts too!

  8. HeatherChristo posted on November 7, 2011 at 8:43 am (#)

    Oh Cheryl!!! Yummy! I love dipping bread in flavored oil, and this one looks amazing!

  9. Kristina Vanni posted on November 7, 2011 at 9:27 am (#)

    Love the olive oil tasting tips! Just like a fine wine :)

  10. bridget {bake at 350} posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:04 am (#)

    that oil sounds so yummy! And the BREAD looks delicious, too!

  11. SweetSugarBelle posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:29 am (#)

    I LOVE dipping oils! I’m kind of wishing you hadn’t posted this, LOL. My booty will pay for it!

  12. Sinea posted on November 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm (#)

    This sounds so good. I think my family would really like it.

  13. Cookin' Canuck posted on November 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm (#)

    I’ll take a dish of olive oil for bread dipping any day of the week. This recipe sounds like the perfect thing to keep guests happy while I’m putting the finishing touches on a dinner party.

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on November 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm (#)

    Great idea to bottle this up and make gifts! That’s prefect for a holiday hostess gift.

  15. Lisa Brown posted on November 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm (#)

    Wonderful idea! Great gift idea…pretty bottle with a hand stamped tag…sweet!

  16. Claire @ Claire K Creations posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm (#)

    Oh how I would love to have to taste oils. I’ll sample them any day.

    That looks like a great Christmas or hostess gift too.

  17. naomi posted on November 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm (#)

    I love dipping olis and making them as gifts is such a wonderful idea!

  18. nik posted on November 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for the recipe and the coupon link. Carapelli is actually my favorite olive oil so I appreciate it! And you’re right…the Dipping Oil would make a great gift with a loaf of homemade bread!
    I got here through TCB…cheers!

  19. Georgia Pellegrini posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm (#)

    I love flavored dipping oils! The possibilities are endless and they make such a nice homemade holiday gift!

  20. Carol@easytobeglutenfree posted on November 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm (#)

    This sounds fantastic!

  21. tafino posted on November 13, 2011 at 11:26 am (#)

    Great post. Good choise use extra virgin olive oil. The photos are beautiful!

  22. Charlotte Ferreux posted on November 15, 2011 at 12:51 am (#)

    I love this recipe and blog…I posted it on my community foodie blog. Hope you can come check it out

    Also, feel free to post you’re recipes or you’re favourite foodie tips on it whenever you like!


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