Olive Oil Ice Cream

Sounds strange but tastes amazing.

July 9, 2013

Studies show that a variety of taste sensations (salty, sweet, spicy) better satisfy the appetite than a single dominant flavor. Maybe that explains just how easy it is to spoon your way mindlessly through a pint of super sweet Ben and Jerry's. This dish (inspired by Iron Chef Mario Batali and his New York restaurant Babbo) taps into that principle, contrasting the smooth sweetness of vanilla ice cream with the flaky crunch of sea salt and the rich, spicy notes of extra-virgin olive oil. The combination is elegant and strangely addictive—and a small bowl will squash your sweet tooth for less than 300 calories.

Serves: 4
Prep: 3min
Cook: 0min
Total: 3min



  • 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Cashews (optional)

1. Divide the ice cream among 4 cold bowls. Drizzle with the olive oil and a generous pinch of salt. Scatter a handful of cashews (if using) over the top.

Recipe Notes
Our favorite sea salt is called Malton sea salt. Skimmed from a saltwater river in England, these delicate crystals provide amazing crunch and a burst of briny joy.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories 250.9 cal
Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 7.1 g
Cholesterol 39.9 mg
Sodium 363.3 mg
Carbohydrates 21.4 g
Total Sugars 19.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Protein 3.2 g

Healthy Recipe Courtesy of Rodale Recipe Finder
Photo: Mitch Mandel