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All The Times Olives Made Eating Infinitely Better

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03/28/2012 09:19am ET | Updated August 20, 2014

Olives come in all shapes and sizes: Green, purple, black; pitted, stuffed, spiced; Kalamata, Nicoise, Sicilian; and they all have their own unique flavor. They're great on their own -- especially as a happy hour snack -- but they're also just the thing you need if you're looking to take your favorite dish up a notch or two.

Think of olives as your kitchen's secret weapon. Planning on making fish for dinner? Dress it up with an olive and mint relish. In the mood for pasta? Add a handful of olives and fresh herbs, and dinner is ready.

Basically, it's in your best interest to keep these jars of briny goodness stocked in your fridge (or cupboard) at all times. You never know when they'll come to your rescue and make your dinner infinitely better. We've gathered 31 recipes to show you exactly how it's done.

1
Greek Pasta Salad
Foodiecrush
Get the Greek Pasta Salad recipe from Foodiecrush
2
Greek Style Mac and Cheese
Eclectic Recipes
Get the Greek Style Mac and Cheese recipe from Eclectic Recipes
3
Roasted Garlic And Olive Focaccia
Eclectic Recipes
Get the Roasted Garlic and Olive Focaccia recipe from Eclectic Recipes
4
Greek Olive Pesto And Fried Zucchini Grilled Pitas With Marinated Feta and Garbanzo Beans
Half Baked Harvest
5
Chicken Tzatziki Pizza
Foodiecrush
Get the Chicken Tzatziki Pizza recipe from Foodiecrush
6
Quick Broiled Barramundi Fillets With Puttanesca Sauce
Cafe Johnsonia
7
Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad
Sarah Fioritto
Get the Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad recipe from Sarah Fioritto via Food52
8
Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelets With Feta And Tzatziki
Half Baked Harvest
9
Minty Green Olive-Celery Salsa
Kana Okada/Food&Wine
10
Olive Tapenade
Eclectic Recipes
Get the Olive Tapenade recipe from Eclectic Recipes
11
Swiss Chard With Olives
Simply Recipes
Get the Swiss Chard with Olives recipe from Simply Recipes
12
Sautéed Chicken With Olives, Capers And Lemons
Foodie Crush
13
Green Olive Pesto Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers And Feta Stuffed Crust
Half Baked Harvest
14
Middle Eastern Chicken And Couscous Wraps with Goat Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
15
Greek Grilled Stuffed Chicken
Eclectic Recipes
Get the Greek Grilled Stuffed Chicken recipe from Eclectic Recipes
16
Orzo Salad With Cannellini Beans And Olives
Eclectic Recipes
17
Greek Steak Salad French Bread With Soft Boiled Eggs And Feta
Half Baked Harvest
18
Chicken, Black Olives And Lemon With Spaghetti
Tom Hirschfeld/bonafidefarmfood.com
Get the Chicken, Black Olives and Lemon with Spaghetti recipe from thirschfeld via Food52
19
The Scuttlebutt Sandwich
Eric Moran/Food52
Get the Scuttlebutt Sandwich recipe from Marian Bull via Food52
20
Marinated Olives And Feta
A Beautiful Mess
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21
Fried Olives Stuffed With Cheeses And Herbs
Bell'Alimento
22
Crispy Chicken Leg Confit With Couscous And Olives
Quentin Bacon/Food&Wine
23
Pollo Alle Olive
Bell'Alimento
Get the Pollo Alle Olive recipe from Bell'Alimento
24
Cumin And Lemon Scented Green Olives
New Media Publishing
25
Savory Rotini
Bell'alimento
Get the Savory Rotini recipe from Bell'alimento
26
Rigatoni With Artichokes, Garlic And Orange Zest
Kate Whitaker
27
Braised Pork Shoulder With Fennel, Oranges & Olives
Sarah Fioritto
Get the Braised Pork Shoulder with Fennel, Oranges & Olives recipe from Sarah Fioritto via Food52
28
Soupe Aux Pistou Aux Olives
fiveandspice
Get the Soupe aux Pistou aux Olives recipe from fiveandspice via Food52
29
Grilled Fennel Flatbread With Olives And Sultanas
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Grilled Fennel Flatbread with Olives and Sultanas recipe from Girl Farm Kitchen via Food52
30
Brown Rice Pilaf With Green Olives And Lemon
Martin Morrell/Food&Wine
31
Salmon With Andouille Sausage And Green Olives
Kana Okada/Food&Wine

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