Olives are usually sold in jars, so this is a great recipe to use up leftovers, if you had some on your pizza! Olives in whole form are better for you than olive oil, and the colour difference (green or black) simply depends on how mature they are. Most olives are from Spain, though quality kalamata olives are named after a Greek city. Creamy Olive Pesto Pasta with Rocket (The First Mess) is a nice spring dish (arugula is simply the American word for ‘rocket’ salad).
Invest in an olive pitter, which you can also use to stone cherries. Keep olives (and stone fruits) away from pets, due to toxins and choking hazards.
Mezze Platter (Crowded Kitchen) is easy to make up for dinner partes or the holidays. Combine fresh produce with olives, hummus and pita bread.
Greek salad is a favourite for many, even if you don’t usually like salad. It’s made by mixing up various salad vegetables with olives and vegan feta cheese. Try this Greek Pasta Salad (The Simple Veganista) made with cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, red onion, chickpeas, herbs and vegan feta.