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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.

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

    The best olive recipes.

    The Best Olive Recipes:

    1. Olive Tapenade

    Olive lovers, this Tapenade recipe is just for you! Tapenade is an olive dip or spread from Provence in France. It’s bold, zippy, briny, salty and full of flavor.

    Served this with toasted bread, crostini or crackers, it will make a wonderful appetizer with drinks.

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    2. Sicilian Pasta

    This Sicilian Pasta is a 20 minute meal bursting with flavor from olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and great flavor enhancers.

    This is one of our favorite olive recipes!

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    3. 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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    4. Chicken Provençal

    We’re starting this list of French recipes with our own Chicken Provençal. This flavorful French braised chicken skillet is a simple, yet very incredibly delicious meal.

    It’s wonderfully bright, herbaceous and savory, and it’s filled with so many good things. Be sure to have some extra crusty bread for this delicious sauce.

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    5. 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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    6. Balela Salad

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty, colorful salad comes from many Middle Eastern countries and is bursting with flavors and textures.

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    7. Muffuletta Sandwich

    The classic New Orleans Muffuletta sandwich combines a fresh olive salad with layers of thinly sliced Italian cold cuts and cheese.

    Magic happens when you combine these basic ingredients!

    Get the Recipe @ laurafuentes

    8. 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.

    As simple as it is, the combination of flavors is amazing. Cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, feta cheese, some herbs and a good dousing of olive oil make for a super delicious and super healthy dinner.

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    9. 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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    10. No Knead Olive Bread

    A delicious artisan with a crusty outside and soft interior studded with chunks of kalamata and castelvetrano olives. How good does that sound?

    A great addition to any antipasto dinner along with your favorite wine!

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    11. 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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    12. Caponata

    You will love the combination of savory, sweet and tart flavors in this creamy eggplant caponata, with summer veggies like onion, tomatoes, olives and more!

    A great make ahead appetizer to serve over crusty bread, or use next to chicken or fish.

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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. Psari Plaki – Greek Baked Fish

    This Greek baked fish, Psari Plaki, is a great addition to your Valentine’s recipe collection. Flaky white fish with light, fresh and vibrant Mediterranean flavors.

    Get some crusty warm bread and your favorite red wine. Your weekend is all set!

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    17. 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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    18. Chicken Cacciatore

    Cacciatore is a very rich and rustic Italian dish where chicken is cooked to fall-off-the-bone tender in a very delicious tomato-wine based sauce.

    It’s loaded with veggies, herbs and olives. Get a nice crusty loaf of bread ready along with your favorite wine.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. Marinated Olives

    Marinate your favorite olives in garlic and lemon infused olive oil with a hint of red pepper flakes. They have the company of some almonds too.

    Make this super simple, tasty addictive and healthy tapa and get that tapas party going with ease.

    Get the Recipe @ theendlessmeal

    22. Sicilian Style Grilled Tuna Steaks

    These Sicilian Style Tuna Steaks are amazing! The tuna is grilled and comes with a delicious cooked Sicilian salad consisting of tomatoes, olives, capers, roasted red peppers and fresh herbs. YUMMM.

    Get the Recipe @ honest-food

    23. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    24. Spicy Italian Chicken Casserole

    Crispy chicken in a spicy tomato sauce with bell peppers, olives and capers. This Italian Chicken Casserole is stew-like with plenty of sauce to sop up with crusty bread or to toss through pasta.

    A fabulous, hearty dinner you can get on the table in less than 30 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    25. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandlavender

    26. Mediterranean Grouper with Tomatoes and Olives

    This easy baked Mediterranean grouper recipe features briny kalamata olives, gorgeous cherry tomatoes, garlic and fresh dill for a light and refreshing combination of flavors!

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    27. Cheesy Olive Bread

    If you need an amazing appetizer for Italian night, here it is! French bread is loaded up with cheese, black olives and green olives, and then baked. YUMMM!

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    28. Chicken with Cracked Olives and Herbs

    Chicken with Cracked Olives and Herbs is an easy one pot meal that all olive lovers will relish.

    It only takes a few minutes of hands on time, then your trusty oven does the rest. You’ll keep coming back to this one!

    Get the Recipe @ theviewfromgreatisland

    29. Soppressata, Mushroom And Black Olive Pizza

    Now here is an amazing pizza! It has a homemade pizza sauce and is topped with olives, mushrooms and soppressata salami.

    The combination of flavors is outstanding!

    Get the Recipe @ howtofeedaloon

    30. 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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    The 30 BEST Ways to Use Olives

    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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