20 Recipes That Use a Can of Black Olives

Quick Italian Pasta Salad in a green bowl
Photo: Sugarplum

Even the most bland and boring of meals can be pepped up with a few tangy and salty black olives. If you've got a can or two sitting around in your pantry, these 20 tasty black olive recipes will help you use them up for delicious dinners, appetizers, sides, and more. Try black olives tossed into pasta salads, sprinkle black olives over pizza, blend some for easy dips, or even chop up a few black olives for a unique salsa. Find 20 different ways to cook with black olives.

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Black Olive Spread

Black Olive Spread in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

No one will believe that you used just four ingredients in this rich dip with black olives. Serve up with crackers or pita chips for dipping.

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Savino's Herb and Olive Chicken Salad

close up of Savino's Herb and Olive Chicken Salad
Christina

Black olives team up with the trio of fresh rosemary, basil, and oregano for this herbaceous twist on chicken salad. Best part? It gets more flavorful the longer it sits, making it the ideal dish for meal prepping.

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Artichoke, Cheese and Olive Antipasto

Artichoke, Cheese and Olive Antipasto on a plate with bread
Glenn Tackett

This Italian favorite features black olives, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, and plenty of smoked provolone for a boldly flavored appetizer.

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C and L's Stuffed Black Olives

C and L's Stuffed Black Olives on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

A blend of seasoned beef and pork forms the hearty filling of these tangy stuffed black olives. Serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, and it's sure to be a stand-out dish at your next event.

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Black Olive, Mushroom, and Sausage Stuffing

close up of Black Olive, Mushroom, and Sausage Stuffing
dgollmer

Transform your basic stuffing recipe with the addition of black olives and mushrooms. Reviewer Lupem47 says, "My niece makes this recipe for stuffing on Thanksgiving every year and there is never leftovers, everyone eats it up it's so good!"

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Cauliflower with Water Chestnuts and Black Olives

Cauliflower with Water Chestnuts and Black Olives in a white bowl
Christina

Mild, soft cauliflower is contrasted with the crunch of water chestnuts and the brininess of black olives. And since it's ready in 20 minutes or less, this recipe is perfect for a last-minute side dish.

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Delicious Macaroni Salad

Delicious Macaroni Salad in a glass bowl
naples34102

Creamy and zippy, this macaroni salad makes an excellent picnic main or potluck side. Each bite is studded with black olives, chopped ham, pickle relish, and red onions.

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Fried Gorgonzola Olives

Fried Gorgonzola Olives on a white plate
Lillian

Rich Gorgonzola cheese is contrasted with a crunchy breadcrumb crust on these tasty fried olives. Use them as an appetizer or a fun addition to a cheese board.

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Fabulous Olive Salsa by James

Fabulous Olive Salsa by James in a yellow bowl
Lela

Both black and green olives are the star of this unique dip. Salty olives combine with spicy green chiles, tangy fresh tomatoes, and vibrant red onions to create a wow-worthy snack.

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Greek Pizza with Artichokes and Feta Cheese

close up of Greek Pizza with Artichokes and Feta Cheese
Jacolyn

Using a few convenience ingredients — like pre-made dough and jarred pesto sauce — you can whip up this pizza with a moment's notice. Each slice is topped with briny black olives, tangy artichoke hearts, and hearty pieces of chicken.

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Debbie's Ultimate Mushroom Dish

Debbie's Ultimate Mushroom Dish in a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

"Who would've thunk that so few ingredients would make the best, and I mean BEST, mushrooms that you've ever tasted?" says BELLYJEANS. Buttery sautéd mushrooms are layered up with olives and cheese for an irresistible side dish.

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Pepper Jack Olive Dip

Pepper Jack Olive Dip in a beige bowl
lutzflcat

Spicy pepper Jack cheese is balanced out with rich cream cheese and salty olives to create a dip that's perfect with corn chips. Manda says, "This was easy, cheesy, creamy, and briny (in the best sense of the word). I made this for a party and it went over well!"

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Creamy Olive Dip

Creamy Olive Dip on crackers
Baking Nana

By using entire containers of black olives, mayo, and sour cream, you won't be left with a set of half-full products in your fridge after making this flavorful dip. Each bite is brightened up with parsley, dill, and minced onion.

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Quick Italian Pasta Salad

Quick Italian Pasta Salad in a green bowl
Sugarplum

Your standard pasta salad gets a hearty upgrade thanks to salami, black olives, and fresh mozzarella balls. Reviewer Molly raves, "Loved it! This pasta salad was a HUGE hit with my guys."

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Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives

Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives
naples34102

Recipe creator Ben S. couldn't make it much simpler: "For my nicoise-style tuna salad, just open three cans: one each of tuna, white beans and sliced olives. Toss these ingredients with slivered red onion, olive oil and lemon juice. Take time, if you like, to boil eggs, or pick them up at the grocery salad bar. Serve the salad with steamed green beans."

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Tilapia with Tomatoes, Black Olives and Corn

Tilapia with Tomatoes, Black Olives and Corn on a white plate
Allrecipes Magazine

When you need an impressive dinner on the table in under an hour, opt for this easy recipe with black olives. Tender tilapia filets are simmered in a rich white wine and tomato sauce, before corn and black olives are stirred in at the end.

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Marinated Vegetable and Olive Salad

Marinated Vegetable and Olive Salad on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

Olive oil, red wine vinegar, and the not-so-secret spice of MSG form the wow-worthy marinade for this blend of veggies and olives. Use as a salad topper, side dish, or snack all on their own.

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Taco Dip

Taco Dip in a glass dish
FoodFan

Bright in presentation and flavor, this taco-inspired dip will be the first thing to disappear at your next get-together. Serve with tortilla or corn chips for scooping.

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Artichoke Heart and Chopped Olive Crostini

Artichoke Heart and Chopped Olive Crostini on a white plate
LYNNINMA

Tangy, cheesy, and vibrant, these crostini make a stand-out appetizer for a crowd. Each slice is layered up with black olives, artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese.

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad in a glass bowl
Rock_lobster

You can't have a complete Greek salad without a handful of briny black olives. Tossed in with other veggies and oregano-infused olive oil dressing, this will become your go-to salad recipe.

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