15 Flavorful Recipes for Green Olives

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. See the recipe for Djaj Mqualli (Chicken, Olive, and Lemon Tagine) »Todd Coleman

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. See the recipe for Fougasse (Provençal Bread with Olives and Herbs) »Todd Coleman

Pesce Spada alla Ghiotta (Swordfish with Olives and Capers)

Meaty swordfish steaks pair well with a rustic sauce of tomatoes, olives, and capers. See the recipe for Pesce Spada alla Ghiotta (Swordfish with Olives and Capers) »Todd Coleman

Sauteed Sole with Olives

A tangy paste of green olives, anchovies, and capers is the perfect topping for mild and tender filet of sole.Todd Coleman

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. See the recipe for Guineos en Escabeche (Pickled Green Bananas) »Penny De Los Santos

Fried Olives

Green olives are tossed in breadcrumbs and fried for a simple yet delicious snack or hors d'oeuvre. See the recipe for Fried Olives »Maxime Iattoni

Muffuletta

A New Orleans staple, the hefty Muffuletta is an irresistible sandwich stuffed with layers of olive salad, meats, and cheeses.Todd Coleman

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. See the recipe for Cuban-Style Ropa Vieja »Todd Coleman

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. See the recipe for Salsa Verde (Herb Sauce with Breadcrumbs) »Todd Coleman

Salsa Playera de Lujo (Fresh Tomato and Olive Salsa)

This Acapulco-inspired pico de gallo gets a briny boost from olives and capers. Serve it spooned over grilled fish or chicken. See the recipe for Salsa Playera de Lujo (Fresh Tomato and Olive Salsa) »Todd Coleman

Canard aux Olives (Roast Duck with Olives)

Simmer green olives, herbs, and stock for a smooth and rich sauce to accompany roast duck. See the recipe for Canard aux Olives (Roast Duck with Olives) »Landon Nordeman

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. See the recipe for Cuban Pork Hash »André Baranowski

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. See the recipe for Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives »Christopher Hirsheimer

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. See the recipe for Lemon and Coriander Marinated Olives »André Baranowski

Braised Chicken with Kumquats and Green Olives

Liven up plain chicken legs with the unexpected combination of tart kumquats and salty olives. See the recipe for Braised Chicken with Kumquats and Green Olives »Sarah Karnasiewicz