The Best Olive Oil

Our favorite olive oils for cooking and garnishing.

Crusty bread with olive oil
Nothing beats a loaf of freshly baked bread for dipping.Getty Images

When it comes to buying olive oil, taste is more important than how it’s processed. If you prefer intense olive flavor, virgin or extra virgin is the one to reach for, you’ll recognize its strength by the greenish tone. For daily cooking needs, “pure” olive oil or light olive oil is the best choice. Here are our favorite olive oils for cooking, dipping, and drizzling, from organic extra virgin to blended and refined.

Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 101-Ounce Tin

Intense Flavor

The greenish color and “pizzicante” flavor will mellow over time as the sediment settles to the bottom of the can.Partanna

This piquant “first cold-pressed” (which is a fancy way to say “extra virgin”) Italian oil is made from just one olive varietal, Nocellara del Belice. It’s also unfiltered, resulting in a cloudy green hue and zingy olive flavor the Italians call “pizzicante.”

Pompeian USDA Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, First Cold Pressed, Full-Bodied Flavor, Perfect for Vinaigrettes and Marinades, Naturally Gluten Free, Non-Allergenic, Non-GMO, 24 FL. OZ., Single Bottle

Strong Flavor

A familiar favorite you can rely on.Pompeian

Also “first cold pressed,” this organic olive oil has a strong olive flavor but less of a kick. With a smoke point of 405ºF, it can be used for cooking, but we’re more likely to reserve it for dressing salad, garnishing soup, and dipping crusty Italian bread.

La Española Pure Olive Oil 24 fl oz

Light Flavor

You shouldn’t judge quality based on packaging, but this one is pretty enough to keep on the counter.LA ESPAÑOLA

This “pure” Spanish oil is a blend of refined olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. Slightly more acidic than 100% extra virgin olive oil, it has a light olive taste and is perfect for everyday cooking.

365 Everyday Value, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mediterranean Blend, 33.8 fl oz

Not-Too-Strong Flavor

Each bottle contains the flavors of Italy, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Morocco.365 Everyday Value

Sporting the Whole Foods store brand label, this formula is made from a blend of extra virgin olive oils from a variety of Mediterranean countries. The flavor is vibrant but not overpowering, and it’s quality certified by the North American Olive Oil Association to meet international olive oil standards.