Photo © Courtesy of Sarafino
As the old saying goes,
you are what you eat.
That’s why Sarafino takes pride in distributing high-quality, artisanal products, made from natural ingredients and traditional practices. We share our passion for food through an open and honest approach to educating our clients about where our products come from and how they are produced.
Angelo Tramonti, President & Founder of Sarafino, and Certified Olive Oil Taster, shares that Sarafino began as a way to bring the award-winning olive oils his family was producing in Calabria, Italy, to Canada. Promoting the ancient farming methods his family was so passionate about is what led to Sarafino being built on Transparency, Tradition, Trust, Teaching, Taste and Togetherness.
Food is the most important thing in all of our lives—it’s what fuels us to take on the day, and what brings us comfort when we need it the most. By eating and sharing food that nourishes and heals us, we can bring balance to our lives and to the Earth.
“I worship the sun and the earth—Food—it’s what connects us to the earth and gives us energy from the sun. Food is the most important thing in my life.”
Tramonti started gardening at a very young age, as a way to help his parents. In his youth, he says he didn’t appreciate it very much, and it wasn’t until growing up that he realized how therapeutic it can be. Now, gardening is not only one of his hobbies, but also a key to how he relieves stress.
Sarafino aims to make real food more accessible—because we all have the right to nutritious, wholesome, and authentic food.
Award-Winning Mauro Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil:
This unique, high elevation grove in Calabria, Italy, has a panoramic view of the land that the King once ruled in Terre di San Mauro. This is the ultimate palate-pleasing, extra virgin enhancer to amplify any dish. Twist, pour, and eat like a king!
Tasting Notes: Moderately green and charismatic with complex layers of parsley, pear and pine nuts. Bitter and spicy with a sweet finish.
Ideal Pairings: Delicate greens, simple leafy or bean salads, fish and exotic dishes or drizzled on your favourite ice-cream.
Kale Sweet Potato Superfood Salad
Long ago, olive oil was used for everything from hair colouring, to healing stomach pains, to protecting the skin from the sun’s rays, and everything in between. Today, medical research has backed those uses with scientific evidence, and expanded on the many ways that olive oil can be beneficial to those with cardiovascular and circulatory illnesses.
Studies have shown that the particular relationship between unsaturated fats and saturated fatty acids in olive oil have multiple beneficial functions for the human body. Fat is essential to your health because it supports a number of your body’s functions such as cell growth, the regulation of your body temperature, nutrient absorption, energy levels & the production of important hormones. Let’s face it—we need fats in our diet! This Kale & Sweet Potato Superfood Salad is a healthy and delicious way to include olive oil in your diet.
- 2 handfuls baby kale (or mixed with spinach)
- 1 medium baked sweet potato (cubed and baked)
- Handful of green beans (blanched, or slightly steamed/sauteed, still crunchy)
- Half a bunch tender stem broccolini (blanched, or slightly steamed/sauteed, still crunchy)
- ½ – 1 pomegranate
- ½ fennel, thinly sliced or mandolined (sub. ¼ cup thinly sliced leak)
- ¼ cup fermented or pickled shallots to top, to taste
- Optional: ¼ cup cooked quinoa
Sarafino Probiotic Dressing
- 1-2 tsps Sarafino Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup Sarafino Marte red wine vinegar
- ¼-½ cup Sarafino Mauro organic extra virgin olive oil
- ½ lemon squeezed (adjust to taste)
- 1 small clove of garlic, diced or minced
- Pinch Sarafino Sea salt, to taste
- Pinch Aleppo pepper to taste (sub. for fresh ground black pepper)
- 1-2 tbsps labneh (sub. with greek yogurt or kefir for a probiotic dressing)
- Optional: ½ tsp of honey (if you prefer a hint of sweetness)
- Optional:1 small diced shallot, mixed into the dressing
- Place baked and cooked vegetables in bowl (sweet potatoes, green beans, broccolini).
- Combine with raw vegetables.
- Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a blender or whisk together until thoroughly combined. Adjust tang, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Add the dressing to the salad, toss and enjoy!
This salad contains liver supportive and detoxing cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccolini). The leafy greens provide additional fiber and minerals, are alkalizing
RECIPE AND PHOTO BY: ISRA AL-SALEM, B.A., CNP, RYT
We have come to value traditional farming operations that offer personal responsibility for what they create. Our goal is to defend and promote such artisanal practices, and it is exclusively with these types of operations that we do business.