Lemon Marinade {Marinata al Limone}


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Something I ALWAYS have in my pantry is a good quality olive oil. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t cook/use my olive oil. Do you know that there is actually a right way to taste olive oils? Well there is and I learned all about it recently.

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I was sent a bottle of Carapelli’s Extra Virgin olive oil to to taste test and I learned all about how to properly taste olive oil. It’s broken down into the Four S’s

Similar to tasting wine, there are a few quick steps to having the true olive oil tasting experience. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into your blue glass and gently warm it by covering the glass with one hand and holding the bowl of the glass in the other.

Here’s where the four S’s come in – Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow

1. Swirl – By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that contain the aroma.

2. Sniff – Now inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. Is it intense or is it more subtle?

3. Slurp – Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?

4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.

After properly going through all four S’s I found that the Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil was robust.

I used my olive oil to make a quick and easy marinade for meat or fish. The olive oil pairs beautifully with fresh lemon juice and herbs!


Lemon Marinade


  • 1 1/2 cups Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lemon – juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf Italian parsley – roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot – minced
  • salt/pepper


  1. Into a bowl add: olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, shallot. Season with salt/pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Marinate meat in mixture for no more than 30 minutes.




  1. 1

    I want to come and have an olive oil tasting with you!!! This looks fabulous. Can’t wait to start marinating something…

  2. 2

    I love Carapelli oils! this is such a simple marinade, but one that’s so versatile. Very nice!

  3. 3

    Lemon and parsley is one of my favorites…I bet I would love this marinade. Yum! Photos are gorgeous!

  4. 4

    i never really appreciated lemons until recently and now i practically crave them! i love this marinade…so simple!

  5. 5

    I loooove lemon marinades!! And it just so happens that I love Olive Oil too!! This look perfect 🙂

  6. 6

    Ahhh, lemon, olive oil, herbs… oh yum! I love this stuff. I make a similar Greek marinade called “Lamo-lemono”.

  7. 7

    Mmm this is so simple and yummy sounding!

  8. 8

    Bet this would be good with grilled chicken or shrimp! YUM!

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