Olive Appetizer Recipes

Find healthy, delicious olive appetizer recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Sicilian Marinated Olives

In this easy appetizer recipe, olives are marinated (cunzate) to present as an antipasto. Try this with the plain green olives you buy from a supermarket olive bar. It will bring them to life in a whole new way

Marinated Olives with Lemon, Thyme & Rosemary

Rating: 5 stars
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Marinating olives in aromatic herbs and a touch of lemon zest is an ideal way to enhance their flavor. Throughout the Mediterranean, bowls of them are routinely set out as appetizers or as a simple lunch with bread and perhaps some cheese or fruit. While a selection of olives of varying sizes, colors and cures is the most interesting, you can also simply use the one or two kinds most readily available.

Tomato-&-Olive-Stuffed Portobello Caps

Rating: 4.57 stars
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Portobello caps make excellent mini casseroles. Here, they hold a tomato, cheese and olive stuffing that grills up to a smoky perfection. Serve them with whole-wheat couscous and a mixed green salad for an easy meal.

Olive Tapenade

Head to the olive bar at your grocery store to get a mix of brined and oil-cured olives for more complex flavor.
By Adam Dolge

Marinated Olives & Feta

Olives and feta marinated with rosemary, lemon and garlic are great served on crisp flatbread-style crackers or warm slices of crusty baguette.

Tomato & Green Olive Salsa

Rating: 4 stars
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This zesty spin on standard tomato salsa includes sliced green olives and hot pepper relish. Serve as a dip with toasted pita chips or spoon over grilled fish or chicken.

Frogs on a Log

Rating: 4 stars
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Give this childhood treat a savory twist by swapping the peanut butter and raisins for cream cheese and olives. For a spicy snack, try chopped pickled jalapenos instead of olives.

Olive & Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Rating: 4 stars
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This olive-and-goat-cheese-stuffed cherry tomato recipe makes a great pop-in-your-mouth appetizer. Scooping out the insides to stuff the tomato can be a little tricky without the right tool--a 1/4-teaspoon measuring spoon works very well for the job.

Garlic-Chile Marinated Olives

Simply pour warm aromatic oil over a selection of olives to infuse them with loads of flavor fast. These olives are a wonderful easy party appetizer--add any leftovers to salads or simply snack on them.

Herbed Olives

Rating: 4 stars
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Dried herbs and crushed garlic dress up your favorite olives.

Olive Ketchup

This makes a great finish for baked or broiled fish, or serve with Mediterranean Burgers.

Herbed Peppers and Olives

Many large supermarkets or delis offer a variety of olives at a take-your-choice olive bar. Mix and match the ones you like best with this simple recipe.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Walnut and Olive Quesadillas
These Mexican-style fold-overs with an Italian spin are brimming with provolone and mozzarella cheeses as well as ripe olives and walnuts.
New Orleans Olive Salad
This salad makes an excellent sandwich filling or spread for crackers.

Rosemary-Lemon Marinated Olives

Fragrant rosemary and lemon infuse cracked green olives in this quick appetizer.