Olives are a wonderful summertime food because of their unique and versatile flavor that works well with seasonal dishes. There are many different ways to use olives when preparing meals, such as adding them to salads, pizza, fish and chicken dishes, and simply adding them to a snack tray along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Here are some of our favorite summer olive recipes to inspire you this season.
Olive and Tomato Pasta Salad
- 2 cups multi-grain spiral pasta, uncooked
- 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup pitted black olives
- ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup fresh basil
- Cook pasta like you normally would and drain.
- Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add pasta and toss.
- Put in refrigerator for two hours to chill and then enjoy!
Tilapia with Olives, Tomatoes, and Garlic
For a light, healthy, and satisfying dinner, you can’t go wrong with tilapia topped with olives! Here’s a simple fish recipe to cook for your family this week.
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds tilapia fish
- ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- 1 cup black olives, chopped
- 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- Heat olive oil in a skillet on the stovetop on medium heat.
- Add salt and pepper to fish.
- Cook fish about three minutes on each side.
- Transfer fish onto a separate plate.
- Add red pepper and parsley to the skillet and sauté for about a minute.
- Add olives, tomatoes, and garlic to skillet and sauté for about two minutes.
- Add this mixture on top of the fish with a spoon.
- Serve and enjoy!
Easy Ways to Eat More Olives This Summer
However, you don’t have to be a culinary expert or have a lot of extra time on your hands to enjoy more olives this summer. Olives are easy to find, store, and eat, which makes them perfect for snacking and having around for backyard barbecues and garden parties.
Here are some easy serving ideas to get more olives in your life.
- Add olives onto kabobs that you make on the grill.
- Put fresh olives on top of any salad for lunch.
- Use black or green olives as toppings on homemade pizza.
- Use olives as garnishes for cocktails (or non-alcoholic mocktails).
- Chop olives up to add to tuna salad or other sandwiches.
- Add chopped olives to homemade hummus recipes.
- Put olives in scrambled eggs or omelets for breakfast.