The number-one item that must (must!) be in every Mediterranean-inspired pantry? Olive oil, obviously. “It has tremendous cardiovascular benefits and also helps with digestion,” Slayton says. It does have a low smoke point, so you don’t want to cook it at super-high heats, but it’s perfect for, say, drizzling on salads—and the more flavorful it is, the less you have to use.

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