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    The 30 BEST Olive Recipes

    If you love the salty, briny flavor olives add to dishes, you’ve come to the right place!

    We’ve compiled this list of amazing Olive Recipes to help you get more of that olive goodness into your cooking.

    Whether you’re cooking with green, black or kalamata olives, there are plenty of tasty things here for you to cook up with these delicious Olive Recipes.

    Go through all of these great olive recipes, you are sure to find some new favorites. Have fun!

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    The Best Olive Recipes:

    1. Olive Tapenade

    Tapenade – An ode to Olives… à la Provençal, coming to you all the way from the south of France. Earthy, robust olives, capers, garlic and a few other flavorings just chopped or pureed with plenty of olive oil…

    Simple, quick, delicious and addictive.

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    2. Antipasto Salad

    If you always hover over the antipasto bar in your grocery store, this salad is for you. It’s full of different flavors and textures from salami, tomatoes, artichokes, pepperoni, olives and cheeses with a delicious homemade Italian dressing.

    Get some crusty bread to go with this salad and you are all set.

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    3. Sicilian Pasta

    Sicilian Pasta – If you’ve been on the lookout for a tasty new pasta recipe, here it is! This Sicilian Pasta is bursting with flavor from mixed olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and some great flavor enhancers!

    It’s a light meal, perfect for meatless nights, and comes together super fast.

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    4. Ropa Vieja (Cuba’s National Dish)

    Ropa Vieja is a TRUE Cuban Classic!! Tender and juicy beef in authentic tomato-wine sauce along with veggies is cooked slow and low for hours till it’s shredded easily by the mere touch of a fork.

    It’s finished with briny olives and capers to spike the flavors up a notch.

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    5. Chicken Provençal

    Beautiful golden brown chicken braised in white wine, nestled between eye catching olives, plump cherry tomatoes, oh-so French shallots, tangy capers and plenty of garlic and herbs.

    As much as “Chicken Provençal” sounds and looks fancy, it’s extremely simple and comes together in just a little over an hour.

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    27. Pasta Puttanesca

    Pasta Puttanesca is an easy weeknight dinner, but tastes restaurant quality. The tomato sauce is enhanced by olives and capers that add a ton of flavor.

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    6. Mediterranean Fish with Olive Tapenade

    Just look at this Mediterranean Fish. Who wouldn’t get impressed? Any of your favorite white fish is pan seared and topped with a tomato and olive tapenade. It’s so good!

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    7. Spanish Chicken

    This beautifully flavored Spanish Chicken is slow braised in a tomato sauce along with chorizo sausage, chick peas and other tasty ingredients. It’s a delicious combination!

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    8. Balela Salad

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty, colorful salad comes with veggies, beans and kalamata olives is bursting with flavors and textures.

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    9. Tortellini Pasta Salad with Prosciutto

    We’re wrapping up our list of olives recipes with this gorgeous Tortellini Pasta Salad. It’s so quick and easy, yet such a crowd pleaser.

    Whether you’re hosting a pot luck or meal prepping for the week, everyone will love this one!

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    10. Carne Guisada

    Stew nights… One of my absolute favorite eat till you drop nights. Let me give you the biggest flavor bomb out of the Caribbean, Carne Guisada, Puerto Rican style.

    So much flavor in every single tender meat chunk. Why not? There is plenty of their famous flavor enhancers like sofrito, Sazon, adobo and olives. Yes, olives!

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    11. Greek Steak Salad Bowl

    Packed with colorful, crunchy veggies, protein, whole grain, kalamata olives and yummy feta cheese, this Greek Steak Salad Bowl is sure to leave you satisfied! Now that looks very inviting.

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    12. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean Pasta is your new weeknight best friend. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love.

    This can be a great meatless Monday dinner, or you can customize it with the protein of your choice.

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    13. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish!

    Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, olives, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.

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    28. Fish en Papillote

    This Fish en Papillote recipe may sound fancy, but it may be the easiest dinner ever!

    Loaded with fresh veggies, olives, cherry tomatoes and herbs, this Mediterranean inspired fish recipe may be the perfect light summertime meal.

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    14. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    This Rainbow Pasta Salad is quick, easy, and very colorful. It’s full of veggies and olives, and has a great homemade dressing.

    Take it to your next pot-luck, or make a big batch and have lunches for days!

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    15. Caponata

    Caponata is a delicious Sicilian eggplant relish that perfectly combines sweet and tangy flavors. It’s great as an appetizer or as a garnish for meats or seafood. Once you make this Italian classic, you are going to come back to it again and again.

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    16. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the light and tasty side dish you need this summer. A simple mix of quinoa, a few veggies, some Mediterranean staples, and a zesty lemon dressing is all it takes.

    It’s a perfect dish for those sultry grilling nights when you have some chicken or pork chops over the fire.

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    17. Dominican Pollo Guisado (Chicken Stew)

    Pollo Guisado, a classic comfort food in many Latin countries. This Dominican version uses simple ingredients to create an amazing depth of flavor.

    This colorful, fall off the bone chicken is caramelized first and then braised in a beautiful sauce with veggies and olives.

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    18. Mediterranean Omelette

    Add some Mediterranean flair to your breakfast rotation with this easy and tasty Mediterranean Omelette!

    Loaded with olives, spinach, tomatoes and feta, this is a breakfast you’ll keep coming back to!

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    19. Spanish Summer Salad (Pipirrana)

    Here to celebrate tomato season this summer is a tribute to all those luscious summer tomatoes, ripening on the vines in warm sunshine.

    Mixed with just a few more cool crunchies, and you have yet another colorful popular traditional dish, pipirrana, all the way from the south of Spain.

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    20. Psari Plaki – Greek Baked Fish

    This Greek baked fish, Psari Plaki, is a great addition to your recipe collection. Flaky white fish with light, fresh and vibrant Mediterranean flavors from tomatoes, olives, olive oil and herbs.

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    21. Picadillo

    Picadillo… The Most famous and popular ground beef recipe from all the Latin countries. This one is Puerto Rican style. Here ground beef is seasoned in a tomato based sauce with all the Latin staples like sofrito, adobo and sazon.

    The addition of olives and raisins adds so much depth and flavor to this amazingly tasty dish. Our favorite Latin meal!

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    22. Chicken Cacciatore

    This Classic chicken dish is cooked in a rich tomato sauce with bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives. The chicken is braised until it’s fall off the bone tender, and the sauce is so fragrant that it will fill your whole house with beautiful aromas of home-cooked food.

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    23. Asopao de Camarones (Shrimp and Rice Soup)

    Asopao de Camarones… A tasty, flavor bomb of Shrimp and Rice Soup. Soup that is thick and hearty, and full of great Latin flavors.

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    24. Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

    This traditional Greek Salad recipe, known to the locals as Horiatiki, is one of our summertime favorites!

    Crisp cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, red onions, briny olives and capers, creamy feta, and a simple herb dressing. That’s all it takes. And the results are top notch.

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    25. Antipasto Pasta Salad

    Now here is the star of your next potluck spread! Our Antipasto Pasta Salad is so good and so satisfying that the guests may forego the main dish for a second helping.

    And it’s so easy. It can be your quick weeknight dinner, complete with protein, veggies and carbs. Or it can be meal prep for all the week’s lunches.

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    26. Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

    Our Melitzanosalata recipe is going to be the new star of your dip spread. Creamy, smoky roasted eggplant along with a good dousing of good old EVOO and a few other flavor enhancers.

    This Greek Eggplant Dip is so super simple, yet the end result is too good. All you need is a big pile of pitas to scoop it up.

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    29. Mediterranean Flatbread

    This Mediterranean Flatbread not only looks gorgeous, it’s super fast, like 15 minutes fast. It’s a fun take on pizza and is loaded with fresh and healthy ingredients.

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    30. Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

    Have you ever thought how roast chicken will look in a Mediterranean avatar? Here it is… One skillet Mediterranean Chicken Roast. Fresh, healthy and jam packed with amazing flavors!

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    The 30 BEST Olive Recipes

    This great collection of Olive Recipes will help you add tons of that great salty, briny flavor to your meals. We love this simple tapenade:


    • 2 cups pitted olives, chopped (mix of black, green and kalamata)
    • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in a jar, chopped
    • 2 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • 1 garlic, minced
    • 1/2 fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
    • 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
    • Salt to taste (just a pinch as olives and capers are salty)
    • Pepper to taste


      1. Finely chop olives, capers, sun dried tomatoes and fresh herbs.
      2. Mix all together with minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chili flakes.
      3. Drizzle in olive oil and stir.
      4. Taste and adjust for lemon juice and garlic.

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