From fruity Italian
cerignolas to firm and buttery luques and even briny California olives from the can, green olives are great as a stand-alone snack, marinated at home with spices of your choosing, or used to add flavor to a wide variety of dishes.
Djaj Mqualli (Chicken, Olive, and Lemon Tagine)
Djaj mqualli is one of the most popular versions of this beloved Moroccan dish, featuring braised chicken, green olives, and lemons in a sauce fragrant with ginger and coriander.
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Fougasse (Provençal Bread with Olives and Herbs)
Inspired by a specialty of Southern France, crusty bread is topped with a mixture of olives and fresh herbs for wonderful flavor and aroma.
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Pesce Spada alla Ghiotta (Swordfish with Olives and Capers)
Meaty swordfish steaks pair well with a rustic sauce of tomatoes, olives, and capers.
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A tangy paste of green olives, anchovies, and capers is the perfect topping for mild and tender filet of sole.
Guineos en Escabeche (Pickled Green Bananas)
Unripe bananas pickled in a garlicky brine and mixed with green olives and lime juice make a refreshing condiment.
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Green olives are tossed in breadcrumbs and fried for a simple yet delicious snack or hors d’oeuvre.
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A New Orleans staple, the hefty Muffuletta is an irresistible sandwich stuffed with layers of olive salad, meats, and cheeses.
Cuban-Style Ropa Vieja
This Cuban-influenced version of
ropa vieja–shredded meat in a tomato based sauce–is made with beef and accented with olives and capers.
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Salsa Verde (Herb Sauce with Breadcrumbs)
Italy’s other ubiquitous green sauce is flavored with parsley and thickened with bread crumbs. Seasoned with green olives, vinegar, and anchovies, it’s bold enough to stand up to grilled meats.
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Salsa Playera de Lujo (Fresh Tomato and Olive Salsa)
pico de gallo gets a briny boost from olives and capers. Serve it spooned over grilled fish or chicken.
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Canard aux Olives (Roast Duck with Olives)
Simmer green olives, herbs, and stock for a smooth and rich sauce to accompany roast duck.
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Cuban Pork Hash
Serve this hash—a quick and flavorful dish of ground pork studded with pimento-stuffed green olives, raisins, slivered almonds, onions, and peppers—with warm corn tortillas and stewed black beans.
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Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives
This simple but exotic Moroccan dish marries the flavors of preserved lemon and green olives with moist and succulent chicken.
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Lemon and Coriander Marinated Olives
Making your own marinated olives is both quick and easy. Try chunks of lemon and cracked coriander seeds for a bright balance of flavors.
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Braised Chicken with Kumquats and Green Olives
Liven up plain chicken legs with the unexpected combination of tart kumquats and salty olives.
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