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52 Olive Recipes That Will Change the Way You Use Them Forever

You know those people who cringe at the sight of an olive? We’re definitely not those people. In fact, we find olives quite addicting when presented to us on a cheese platter or served as a bar snack. Still, we have on occasion found a jar of ‘em languishing in our fridge for a long time because, well, we’re not always sure what to do with them. If you’re in the same boat, you’ll be pleased to know that we scoured the internet for the best and most innovative olive recipes around. Read on and prepare to be inspired (and maybe unexpectedly hungry).

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1. Alison Roman’s Swordfish With Crushed Olives And Oregano

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, high protein, special occasion-worthy

Tender and juicy swordfish steaks are drizzled with vinaigrette and topped with crushed olives for a foolproof meal that looks oh-so fancy.

Christopher Hirsheimer/Canal House Cook Something

2. Chicken Thighs With Pancetta And Green Olives

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, high protein

Finally, a chicken thigh recipe that delivers the crispy skin we crave. (The pancetta and olives are just icing on the cake.)

Ola Smit/Dinner’s In the Bag

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  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, crowd-pleaser, one pot

This chicken dish is bursting with Mediterranean flavor and comes together in just one pot. File under ‘dreamy weeknight dinner.’


Ed Anderson/Food of the Italian South

4. Insalata Di Rinforzo

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion

Because cauliflower is tastier when paired with pickled veggies in a colorful salad than when passed off as a pizza crust.

Quentin Bacon/Cook Like a Pro

5. Ina Garten’s Updated Chicken Marbella

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, crowd-pleaser

Here, prunes, olives, capers and copious amounts of garlic make a swoon-worthy marinade for chicken.

Photo Courtesy of Jake Gartland

6. Bruschetta With Olive Rosemary Tapenade

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, one bowl

This jalapeño-spiked olive tapenade is a baguette’s best friend—though, to be honest, we’d eat it with a spoon.

Feed Me Phoebe

7. Penne Pasta Salad With Zucchini, Olives And Chickpeas

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, gluten-free

Serve it with seafood for dinner, enjoy it solo at lunchtime, or bring it to a potluck to impress your friends; there are just so many ways to enjoy this classy pasta salad from Coterie member Phoebe Lapine.

Foodie Crush

8. Marinated Olives

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

These marinated olives, courtesy of Coterie member Heidi Larsen, are a welcome addition to charcuterie and cheese platters and a tasty anytime snack, to boot.

Well Plated by Erin

9. Greek Mac And Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead

An exciting new take on the classic comfort food, this veggie-packed and Mediterranean-inspired mac deserves to be part of your regular rotation.

10. Greek Chicken Pita Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, high protein

This protein-rich chicken bowl is creamy, flavorful and tasty all by its lonesome, but pop some pita in the air fryer or microwave and you’ve got a next level meal in your future.

Feasting at Home

11. Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, <10 ingredients

For folks who have taken up sourdough as a hobby, this roasted garlic and kalamata olive bread is a must-try. (Breadmaking novices might want to keep scrolling.)

Confessions of a Fit Foodie

12. Mediterranean Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, make ahead, low carb

Tzatziki dressing, chicken and veggies combine to make a filling low carb meal that’s pretty enough to serve at a party.

The Creative Bite

13. Greek Freak Meatballs

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, keto-friendly, <10 ingredients

Perfectly seasoned and deliciously juicy meatballs that our keto friends can enjoy in a salad bowl (and the rest of us can serve atop a heaping pile of spaghetti or rice).

Foodie Crush

14. Mediterranean Kale Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, Mediterranean diet

This combo of creamy chickpeas, tender artichoke hearts and salty kalamata olives is guaranteed to up your kale salad game.

Feed Me Phoebe

15. Homemade Chicken Sausage Patties With Olive And Oregano

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, kid-friendly

Lean, mean and loaded with Mediterranean flavor—these chicken sausage patties put the store-bought competition to shame.

Well Plated by Erin

16. Greek Layer Dip

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

As the name suggests, this appetizer boasts layers of goodness (think: hummus, Greek yogurt, veggies, olives and feta). Serve it up at a party and it will be the star of the spread.

Jon Cospito/Styling: Erin McDowell

17. Baking Sheet Pizza With Olives And Sun-dried Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

This sheet pan pizza is a cinch to make and tastes, well, as good as it feels to only have one dish to wash.

A Classic Twist

18. Chicken Souvlaki Salad Bowl

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Ditch the kabobs and get your souvlaki fix with a side of greens instead. Bonus: If you plan ahead and marinate the chicken in advance, you’ll be rewarded with a healthy and oh-so satisfying 30-minute lunch.

Butter Be Ready

  • Time Commitment: 51 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, crowd-pleaser

A one-pan chicken-and-orzo dinner featuring spicy, smoky harissa and buttery Castelvetrano olives. Count us in.

Cookie Named Desire

20. Greek Tuna Wraps

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, high protein, crowd-pleaser

Tired of poultry? Opt for chicken of the sea at lunchtime instead with an easy and kid-friendly tuna wrap that’s chock full of Greek flavor.

Simply LaKita

21. Greek Chicken Salad

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, ready-to-go

The always colorful and veggie-packed Greek salad gets a welcome protein boost from chicken in this heartier take on a classic.

Dude That Cookz

22. Mexican Taco Pizza

  • Time Commitment: 33 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Why have taco night and pizza night when you can kill two birds with one stone?

Two Peas and Their Pod

23. Pasta Salad With Sun-dried Tomatoes, Artichokes, And Olives

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian

Three cheers for a fresh, light and crave-worthy pasta salad that comes together with nothing more than a handful of pantry and refrigerator staples.

Foodie Crush

24. Nicoise Pasta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, Mediterranean diet, gluten-free

Here, the classic niçoise salad gets an update with shredded chicken in place of tuna and egg noodles for a carb fix. Just try to complain.

Feasting at Home

25. Warm Olives With Rosemary, Garlic And Almonds

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, special occasion-worthy, vegan

Sweet and buttery Castelvetrano olives commingle with rosemary, cumin, fennel seed and almonds to make a warm appetizer that tastes as sexy as it sounds.

This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

26. Doritos Taco Salad

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

If you want your kids to eat some lettuce once in a blue moon, just score a bag of Doritos and serve the main event in salad form on Taco Tuesday.

Salt Pepper Skillet

27. Seared Tuna With Olive Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, high protein, special occasion-worthy

Tomatoes, olives and red wine are sautéed to make an elegant sauce for ahi tuna. Suffice it to say, the end result is begging to be the star of a romantic dinner at home.

The Modern Proper

28. Baked Eggs With Swiss Chard And Green Olives

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

Creamy baked eggs, bitter greens and meaty Castelvetrano olives are what brunch dreams are made of.

Posh Journal

29. Chicken Enchiladas

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Chicken enchiladas get a salty (and budget-friendly) boost from canned black olives in this family favorite.

My Forking Life

30. Cauliflower Pizza Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, low carb

Cauliflower decided to settle for casserole status instead of subpar pizza crust that requires way too much effort to make. Needless to say, we’re all for it.

Cookie and Kate

31. Broccoli Pesto Pasta With Green Olives

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly

This broccoli pesto is the best—and possibly the only—way to get a picky toddler to eat a green vegetable. Blend some up and give yourself a pat on the back, ‘cause this parenting victory is one for the books.

Upstate Ramblings

32. Healthy Tuna Salad With Pickles And Olives

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

Gherkin pickles and olives breathe new life into the tried-and-true tuna salad recipe—you know, so your brown bag lunch can be a little more exciting.

Cooking With Janica

33. Campfire Pizza Nachos

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

You don’t *have* to eat these by the campfire, but doesn’t that make it so much more fun?

The Modern Proper

34. Sheet Pan Chicken Marbella

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb, sheet pan

Another chicken Marbella update that combines tangy, herby flavor with ‘80s nostalgia to great effect.

Recipe Tin Eats

35. Tomato Salad With Olive Tapenade

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, gluten-free

It turns out that salty, tangy olive tapenade is the perfect companion to plump and sweet summer tomatoes. (Sorry, burrata.)

Feasting at Home

36. Moroccan Salad With Blood Oranges, Quinoa, Olives, Almonds And Mint

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan

Fresh mint, sweet blood orange and (you guessed it) olives sing in this healthy and eye-pleasing Moroccan-inspired salad.

The Endless Meal

37. Tomato Lentil Soup With Manzanilla Olives

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, gluten-free

Smoky paprika and Manzanilla olives are the secret to turning a standard tomato and lentil soup into a five-star recipe.

Girl Gone Gourmet

38. Loaded Pizza Sandwiches

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, high protein

Skip the greasy slice and customize this sandwich with all your favorite toppings instead for a fun-to-eat twist on homemade pizza.

Two Sleevers

39. Greek Shrimp Saganaki

  • Time Commitment: 22 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, Instant Pot recipe

This easy Instant Pot recipe features perfectly cooked shrimp swimming in a flavorful tomato broth with olives, feta and herbs. Best of all, it requires nothing more than roughly twenty minutes of your time (and some toasty bread for dipping, of course).

Fork and Beans

40. Penguin Crackers

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

Cream cheese, olives and crackers come together to make one seriously cute afternoon snack for the under ten set.

The Domestic Dietician

41. Baked Cod With Olives

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, Mediterranean diet, one pan

Presenting the pinnacle of Mediterranean diet deliciousness in a single pan.

Cook at Home Mom

42. Easy Keto Charcuterie Board

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, keto

We’ve hinted at this already, but let’s be clear: When crafting a perfect charcuterie board, olives are a must.

Real and Vibrant

43. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, gluten-free

This crowd-pleasing quinoa salad is loaded with veggies and boasts a beautifully balanced lemon herb dressing that tastes great on pretty much everything.

Feed Me Phoebe

44. Mediterranean Wild Rice With Olives And Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: paleo-friendly, gluten-free, <10 ingredients

Attention gluten-free friends: This wild rice dish does double duty as a flavorful side and a filling, vegetarian main course.

The Endless Meal


45. Olive Salsa Mixed With Spanish Olives

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, gluten-free, vegan

Traditional salsa gets a run for its money with this recipe, which creates snacktime magic with little more than a pinch of oregano, a hint of sweet cherry tomato and a trio of gourmet Spanish olives.

The Mediterranean Dish

46. Orecchiette With White Beans, Tomatoes, And Olives

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan

Melty white beans are the plant-based protein in this healthy, vegan pasta dish, which gets an extra flavor boost from peppery arugula, sweet tomato and (wait for it) olives.

Two Sleevers

47. Mediterranean Shrimp With Feta And Olives

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, Mediterranean diet

Feta cheese and olives lend a pleasantly tangy, salty bite to the tender shrimp in this mouthwatering Mediterranean dish that you can prep and plate in 15 minutes flat. (Yes, you read that right.)

Cooking With Janica

48. Bacon Ranch Mushroom Snowman

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special-occasion worthy

Holiday movie nights are so much more festive when your pizza looks like Frosty the Snowman and tastes like bacon and olives.

The Modern Proper

49. Sausage And Cheese Breakfast Egg Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten-free, kid-friendly, low carb

A low-carb muffin sounds implausible—and to be fair, this isn’t really a muffin. It’s more of a souffle of fluffy eggs with olives, breakfast sausage and cheese…but with an ingredient list like that, who really cares about nomenclature?

Skinny M’s


50. Spaghetti With Tomatoes, Olives, And Capers

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

Puttanesca: a boldly-flavored pasta dish that never disappoints when you’re hungry late night and working with pantry staples.

Cookie and Kate

51. Roasted Cauliflower And Farro Salad With Feta And Avocado

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, vegetarian, high fiber

Farro, one of our favorite hearty grains, gets dressed up with leafy greens, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives in this winning salad. Feel free to experiment with the mix-ins and be sure to pack it for lunch.

Half Baked Harvest

52. Garlic Herb Roasted Olives With Burrata

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, special occasion-worthy

This combo of warm, creamy burrata and garlicky roasted olives has us weak in the knees. Plus, we had no idea olives could be roasted, so this one is pretty neat.