21 Best Olive Recipes
We love olives. It’s clear that they are the star of charcuterie plates, cheese boards and antipasto presentations, but did you know they are invaluable gourmet kitchen ingredients too? While these cured table olives are small in size, they are also some of the most flavorful bites around. That means, just a handful can add a ton of flavor to your recipe. That’s why we rounded up all of our favorite olive recipes to share with you.
What are the best olives for cooking? Really, it depends on your tastes. There are many olive varieties to choose from, like calamata olives, black olives and marinated olives, so there’s sure to be an olive for every recipe.
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Best Olive Recipes
From the mild and buttery Bella di Cerignola to the pleasantly salty oil-cured, olives are a brilliant addition to pasta, pizza, salads, breakfast eggs, fish and seafood dishes, roasted meats and poultry, dips, spreads, salsas and more.
Add a bold, briny new dimension to braised meats with olives. This olive and pork recipe stars two best-loved olives along with garlic, capers and fresh herbs for one unforgettable Mediterranean masterpiece.
Get ready for one of the best chicken with olives recipes out there. If you’ve never tried chicken thighs with Castelvetrano olives and cannellini beans, this is your cue. The combination of tender and creamy white beans with buttery green olives makes for the perfect way to upgrade your chicken dinner recipe.
If you love olives, then you know that pasta with green olives is a must in your pasta night rotation. Olives are bold, briny and an irresistible complement to nearly any noodle, so upgrade your weeknight dinner menu with an out-of-this-world olive pasta recipe.
Nothing brings together succulent cod and pasta like bright and briny olives. Flavored with fresh dill, garlic, tangy tomatoes and a complementary combination of olives, this cod pasta recipe is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
There are so many ways to dazzle salmon, but green olives have to be in our top 5. The bold buttery green Castelvetrano olive pairs up with sweet citrus in this salmon with green olives recipe.
The Calamata Olive has a bold, tangy flavor with smoky notes—a flavor-packed ingredient ready to brighten up fish, pasta, salads and more. We love Calamata olives with rosemary orzo in this Mediterranean-style salmon dish.
If you’ve got a busy weeknight, we’ve got a satisfying olive pasta and pesto recipe for you. This linguine recipe combines briny, buttery Castelvetrano olives with herbaceous basil pesto and crispy breadcrumbs for a dreamy contrast of textures and flavors.
Have you ever added olives to your roasted cod recipe? This fish entrée is super simple, quick to make and loaded with all your favorite Mediterranean antipasti: marinated artichokes, smoky-sweet roasted piquillo peppers and two varieties of olives. Serve it with a loaf of crusty Italian bread and you’ve got yourself a meal.
A fan-favorite, this weeknight pasta masterpiece features our beloved Penne Pasta with herby Mediterranean-style roasted tomatoes, oil-cured olives and Italian tuna. This one is the perfect example of a few simple, but incredible, ingredients coming together to make magic.
It’s no secret that olives and citrus play well together, but this lemon pork chop recipe is one you’re not going to forget. This amazing pork chop sauce stars robust garlic, briny capers, tart lemon and buttery green olives. Bonus points for a beautiful presentation.
What if we said you only need one pan to create an incredible chicken and orzo recipe? These butter-seared chicken thighs come together with bold Calamata olives, fragrant fennel and a squeeze of lemon. This is a one-skillet chicken thighs recipe that needs a permanent place on your weeknight dinner rotation.
Congratulations! You have finally found the salt cod recipe you’ve been looking for. Salted cod, a traditional Italian ingredient known as baccalà, really shines next to bold, briny olives and tangy tomatoes in this colorful and healthy baked fish recipe. We promise this is one cod with olives recipe you’ll make again and again.
Puttanesca pasta is nearly as old as time and it’s no wonder why. If you love olives, this combination of bold, briny, tart and buttery olives with tangy, rich tomatoes is going to rock your pasta night. Perfected over generations, this one just may be the best puttanesca recipe out there.
Just when you thought brunch couldn’t get any better, we added antipasti to the mix. This Mediterranean-inspired quiche doesn’t hold back: smoky-sweet roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, crumbled goat cheese and the prized purple-hued Calamata olive. If you were looking for a new brunch recipe idea, look no further.
Who doesn’t love a good chicken and orzo bake? We dressed up this baked chicken recipe with your favorite Greek flavors: smoky-sweet roasted peppers, tangy feta cheese, tender artichoke hearts and the celebrated Calamata olive.
This Olive and Antipaasti Pasta was created as an easy, light and refreshing summer dish, but frankly we love it all year long. It’s a cross between two of our favorite classic Italian pasta dishes, Pasta Puttanesca and Pasta Aglio e Olio. Enjoy!
This chicken balsamic recipe is the one you’ve been waiting for. Our Golden Balsamic Vinegar is light in color and a bit more crisp in flavor, making it ideal for your kitchen creations. This tangy sweet flavor in contrast with the briny, buttery Castelvetrano olive is everything—the heart of this all-star chicken and olive recipe.
There’s no such thing as a boring side dish when you include olives. This pan-roasted cauliflower recipe is super easy and super satisfying. This one stars smoky-sweet roasted cauliflower with olives—the buttery green Castelvetrano, to be precise—seasoned simply with salt, pepper and a kiss of orange zest.
We bet you’ve never had a loaded baked potato like this before. Making the most of your favorite antipasti, including olives, this Mediterranean-inspired baked potato recipe is sure to be the talk of the table.
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