This absolutely drool-worthy Olive Salad recipe is one of our favorite side dishes and snacks! It’s a perfect blend of flavors and textures and is packed full of fresh ingredients topped with a tangy, aromatic dressing, There’s no way any olive-lover will be able to turn down this delectable dish!

A bowl of olive salad with a spoon sticking out.

What is Olive Salad?

This olive salad is a vibrant, Mediterranean-inspired dish that’s as delicious as it is nutritious. It’s an amazing medley of hearty chickpeas, tangy olives, and fresh vegetables, all brought together by a zesty, aromatic dressing. The combination of juicy tomatoes, crunchy red pepper, and a hint of jalapeño provides an absolute symphony of flavors and textures, while fresh herbs like parsley and mint add a refreshing touch. 

The dressing, made with rich olive oil, lemon juice, and a blend of sumac and za’atar, infuses the salad with a fun and flavorful twist. We love this olive salad because it’s not only bursting with bold, bright flavors but it’s also packed with wholesome ingredients that make it a satisfying and healthy choice for any meal.

Ingredients You Need

  • Chickpeas – Chickpeas add a hearty, protein-packed base to our olive salad, making it both filling and nutritious! Be sure to drain and rinse them.
  • Kalamata Olives – Kalamata olives bring a rich, briny flavor that gives our salad the perfect Mediterranean twist. Make sure they’re pitted!
  • Green Olives – Green olives add a nice contrast with their slightly tangy and savory taste, balancing the flavors perfectly. Don’t forget to ensure these are pitted, too. 
  • Red Pepper – Red pepper adds a burst of color and a sweet crunch that brightens up every bite.
  • Tomato – Juicy, ripe tomatoes lend a fresh, summery flavor that makes the salad oh-so-refreshing.
  • Red Onion – Soaking red onion in water mellows its sharpness, adding just the right amount of zing without overpowering the salad.
  • Jalapeño – A touch of jalapeño brings a hint of heat, adding a little kick to our dish. Be sure to discard the seeds and chop it finely.
  • Parsley – Fresh parsley adds a pop of green and a herby brightness that ties all the flavors together.
  • Mint – Mint gives the salad a cool and refreshing flavor. 
A bowl of red and green olives, fresh herbs, red onion, bell peppers, and chickpeas.

Dressing

  • Olive Oil – Olive oil is the rich, silky base for our dressing, bringing all the ingredients together with its luscious texture and flavor.
  • Juice Of Lemon – A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds a zesty tang that brightens up the entire salad.
  • Salt – A pinch of salt enhances all the natural flavors, making each ingredient pop.
  • Pepper – Just the right amount of pepper adds a subtle kick and depth to our salad.
  • Sumac – Sumac lends a unique, tangy, and slightly citrusy flavor that gives our salad a unique twist.
  • Za’atar – Za’atar brings in an aromatic blend of herbs and spices, infusing our salad with authentic Middle Eastern flair.
  • Garlic Clove – Minced garlic adds a punch of savory goodness, making every bite irresistibly flavorful.

How to Make This Super-Easy Olive Salad Recipe

  1. Combine Salad. Add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss until combined. 
  2. Make the Dressing. Pour all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and stir. 
  3. Bring Together. Add the dressing to the salad mixture and stir to coat. 
  4. Refrigerate. Chill the dressed salad in the fridge for at least half an hour before serving.
Close up view of olive salad with chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, and herbs.

Variations

  • Beans – Instead of chickpeas, try using other beans like cannellini beans or black beans for a different texture and flavor.
  • Different Olive Types – Experiment with various olive varieties such as Castelvetrano, Niçoise, or Cerignola for unique taste profiles.
  • Citrus – Swap lemon juice for lime or orange juice to add a different citrusy zing to the dressing.
  • Spice it Up – Enhance the dressing with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
  • Herbs – Incorporate different fresh herbs like basil, oregano, or cilantro along with or instead of parsley and mint for varied herbal notes.
  • Veggies – Mix in additional veggies like cucumber, avocado, or artichoke hearts to add extra freshness and crunch.
  • Nuttiness – Add toasted pine nuts, almonds, or walnuts for a nutty flavor and satisfying crunch.
  • Cheese – Sprinkle crumbled feta, goat cheese, or Parmesan on top for a creamy, salty addition to the salad.
  • Sweetness – For a hint of sweet flavor, toss in some diced mango, pomegranate seeds, or dried cranberries.
  • Protein – While we’ve already included some plant-based protein, you can also incorporate grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu.

Can I Store Leftovers? 

This simple salad is so easy to store and you don’t have to deal with any sogginess! 

Refrigerator – Store this salad in an airtight container for 3-5 days so you can snack on it all week or serve it alongside other dishes.

Freezer – While you likely can freeze this dish we don’t recommend it. Most of the ingredients will not retain their original texture once thawed. 

More Mediterranean-Style Recipes

Want more mouthwatering Mediterranean dishes to amp up your meal-planning or side dish game? You’re in luck! Here are a few of our favorites. 

Mediterranean Cobb Salad

Vegetable Galette

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Meatballs

A bowl of olive salad with a spoon sticking out.

Easy Olive Salad Recipe

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Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 serving
Prep: 10 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
This Mediterranean-inspired olive salad recipe features olives, fresh veggies, chickpeas, and a tangy olive oil dressing for a vibrant side!

Ingredients  

Olive Salad:

  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives pitted
  • 1/2 cup Manzanilla green olives pitted
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1 medium roma tomato diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced (soaked in water)
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon za’atar
  • 1 garlic clove minced

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, Kalamata olives, green olives, diced red pepper, diced tomato, soaked red onion, chopped jalapeño, chopped parsley, and chopped mint.
    1 can chickpeas, 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, 1/2 cup Manzanilla green olives, 1/2 red pepper, 1 medium roma tomato, 1/2 medium red onion, 1 jalapeño, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, sumac, za’atar, and minced garlic to create the dressing.
    1/2 cup olive oil, Juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon sumac, 1 teaspoon za’atar, 1 garlic clove
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss well to coat everything evenly.
  • Let the salad marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1429mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1356IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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