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Make These Awesome Salads with Olives
Make These Awesome Salads with Olives
Here in California it’s always salad season. One of our favorite salad toppings is California Ripe Olives. They are a great pantry staple to have on hand, adding a savory bite to side salads and main course salads alike. This olive and wild rice salad recipe is chock full of always-in-season ingredients like jarred red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and artichokes, as well as both green and black California Ripe Olives.
Did you know?
California produces over 95% of canned ripe olives in the U.S.! They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and are a healthy and delicious addition to your diet. Proud farming families grow most of the Golden State’s olives in the San Joaquin Valley. The fertile soils, warm days, and cool nights provide an ideal place to grow premium quality olives.
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To learn more about how ripe olives are grown in the Golden State head over to the California Ripe Olives website.
Olive and Wild Rice Salad
For the Vinaigrette:
- 1 clove of Garlic minced
- 1/2 tbsp. Dried Oregano
- 1/4 tsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
- 1/4 cup CA Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the Salad:
- 8 ounces wild rice prepared per package instructions
- 12 ounce jar roasted bell peppers drained and chopped
- 7.5 ounce jar quartered marinated artichoke hearts drained and halved
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil drained and diced
- 1 green onion light and dark green parts sliced thin
- 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup pitted green olives sliced
- 1/4 cup pitted black olives sliced
- For the vinaigrette, whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Still whisking, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the prepared wild rice, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and green onions. Pour the vinaigrette over the top and toss to combine.
- Add the feta cheese and the olives then toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.
Delicious Salads with Olives to Have on Repeat
Here are a few of our favorite salads with olives from our California Grown Creators.
Mediterranean Shrimp + Olive Salad
This Mediterranean Shrimp + Olive Salad from Britney Breaks Bread is loaded with juicy shrimp, olives, fresh veggies, and is topped with feta cheese and a beautiful lemony dressing to bring you tons of Mediterranean flavors in a bowl!
Steak Salad with Creamy Garlic + Olive Dressing
Teri Turner from No Crumbs Left is a salad queen. Here, skirt steak, olives, fennel, peppers, and potatoes all come together to create a fabulous salad that everyone is going to enjoy. You’ll want to put the creamy garlic + olive dressing on everything.
Whole30 Citrus Chopped Salad
This salad from Teri at No Crumbs Left is perfect for citrus season. The olives add a beautiful flavor to the recipe along with the pepperoncini and cherry tomatoes. Chopped salad are full of all kinds of goodness while remaining Whole30.
Grilled Asparagus Salad with Olive + Chile Dressing
Grilled asparagus by itself is simple and delicious but tossing it with a chunky dressing of buttery California olives, bright lemon, and Fresno chiles transforms an ordinary weeknight dinner into something extraordinary. We’re obsessed with this salad from Kate at Hola Jalapeno.
Still Craving More Recipes with Olives??
Amazing Breads with Olives
Olives add so much flavor and texture to everything from no-knead olive bread and fancy fougasse, to cheesy pizza and sandwiches piled high with all of the things.
Our Best Olive Recipes
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy California Ripe Olives and we’re excited to share a few of our favorite olive recipes.
This article was written by Alison Needham, and images used with permission from the above California Grown Creators.