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Kalamata Olive Salad

Kalamata olives are a berry that sets up well to make a kalamata olive salad.  There are a number of different ingredients that could be used to make a kalamata olive salad.  What remains constant are these savory nuggets, rich yet refreshing.  They are complimented by tomato, a number of cheeses, fresh herbs and olive oil, splash some fresh squeezed lemon juice.

These savory rich dark brown/purple nuggets are special.  They aren’t sharp or tart like green olives.  They are almost fruity in texture and flavor.  These tasty olives are from Kalamata Greece.  This is an area on the southern peninsula of Peloponnese.

Uses For Olive Salad

Kalamata olive salad, and even mixed olive salads are both delicious and nutritious.  Kalamata or any olive salad go well with cold meats.  The subtle acid rich flavor of the olive complimented by some soppressata salami or grilled vegetables and cheese make a great balanced antipasto.  They would also compliment a nice steak if served as a subtle compliment to the steak.

Along the same note of complimenting meat, olive tapenade, goes extremely well as a light healthful way of utilizing the health benefits of olives in a condiment with Italian cold cuts.  A tapenade is ground olives and capers, oil, and a splash of mustard, possibly anchovy, maybe a little roasted red pepper.  Wow what a flavorful condiment.

Another thought of a use for an olive salad would be garnishing your seafood martini with a touch of olive salad to cap and close the top of your martini. Just as a martini is complimented by an olive or a Gibson with an onion, your seafood martini might be known for the olive salad.  Another great combination rich olives, fresh seafood a touch of cocktail sauce and note of Cîroc vodka.

Health Benefits Of Kalamata Olives

If I were to say that there is a food that contains 85% fat and this would be a food that is good for you.  What would you say?  You would likely say one of two things.  The first thing that you might say is, there is no way.  The second thing you might say is, well alright sign me up. So lets talk about what the health benefits of kalamata olives are.

It is true, 85% of the calories of a kalamata olive comes from fat.  Some of the nutritional information available is that the fats are monounsaturated, and also contains oleic acid and linoleic acid which is an essential fatty acid. The high concentrations of monounsaturated fats are recognized for reducing blood cholesterol and the risks of heart disease.

In addition to these nutritional factors, kalamata olives have high levels of healthful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and fighting the development of cancer.  There is a lot of evidence and information showing the health benefits of kalamata olives.

A Refreshing Kalamata Olive Salad Recipe

You’re having some friends over for a celebration.  You have your foods set, some spinach and artichoke dip, some seafood martinis.  You have a platter of antipasto on your food table.  The antipasto consists of Artichoke Modena, Soppressata Salad, calamari salad, mussel salad and a refreshing kalamata olive salad.  While this table may seem luxurious it is very much a light, satisfying option

If your salad contains roasted vegetables, ricotta salada cheese roasted pepper, parsley leaves, accompanied by kalamata olives, then you have a refreshing kalamata olive salad.  If your salad contains kalamata olives, lemon, olive oil, roasted read pepper, they you have a refreshing kalamata olive salad. 

Try other options like poached calamari, kalamata olives, roasted red pepper, or steamed mussels with the same.  Maybe your salad has sirloin, roasted vegetables olives, and roasted pepper with lemon and olive oil.  Here is another salad option, soppressata, ricotta salada cheese,  roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, lemon, olive oil, fresh herbs.

Kalamata olives are rich and flavorful and yet they add complexity to any salad.  You should consider these as an option for a refreshing kalamata olive salad.  Here you will enjoy a simple refreshing salad, roasted peppers strips, whole flat parsley leaves, lemon juice, a touch of olive oil.

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Kalamata Olive Salad

Light, refreshing and yet rich in olive flavor
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
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Servings: 12
Calories: 58kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Kalamata Olives pitted
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 T. Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz. Roasted Red Pepper cut into olive sized pieces

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients
Nutrition Facts
Kalamata Olive Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 678mg29%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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