These are olives that have been allowed to ripen on the tree. American recipes that call for black olives are probably referring to the Mission olive. Other varieties of black olives are the Aleppo, Alphonso, Amphissa, black Cerignola, Gaeta, black Greek, Kalamata, Ligurian, Lugano, Moroccan dry-cured, Niçoise, Nyons, Ponentine, and Royal.
The manzanilla olive is often referred to as the green olive. A small to medium size olive, produced in Spain and California, that is greenish brown in color and oval shaped. It is brine-cured and has firm textured meat providing a slight almond flavor and may be a little bitter or smoky tasting. Generally pitted, this olive is often stuffed with garlic or pimento. Also known as a Manzanillo or Spanish olive.
Kalamata is a region in Greece, famous for its production of olives and olive oils. In particular the Kalamata olive is often known as the Greek olive, and is distinct in taste and appearance from most green and black olives. When Kalamata olives are not used for olive oil, which is a fairly common use, they are normally brined, packed in olive oil or pickled in wine vinaigrette.
Unlike most green and black olives, Kalamata olives are a deep, rich aubergine in color. When they are soaked in vinegar or brined, they may appear almost dark brown or black. On the tree, these purple almond-shaped fruits are hard to miss because of their beautiful color. They also tend to pack more meat than the average black variety.
Most people suggest that Kalamata olives are a perfect snack alone, or added to cheese and vegetable plates. They’re also fantastic in olive tapenade, a rich olive spread popular in the Mediterranean.
1/2 lb. green olives
1/2 lb. black olives
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper,. chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
Fresh pepper to taste
Oregano to taste
Crack olives with hammer until pits show and mix remaining ingredients with olives.
8 ounces sopressata or other hard salami, cut into bite-size pieces
8 ounces sharp provolone cheese, cut into bite-size pieces
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into bite-size pieces
2 large tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1 (14 ounce) can artichokes, drained and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced
1/2 cup pitted and coarsely chopped Kalamata olives
1/4 cup pitted and chopped green olives
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Combine the Genoa and sopressata salami, provolone, mozzarella, tomatoes, and artichokes in a bowl. Slice the roasted red peppers and add them to the bowl, along with about 3 tablespoons of their juice.
Mix in the chopped olives. Drizzle olive oil over the entire dish, followed by the red wine vinegar and black pepper. Salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until serving.
Tear the fresh basil leaves into bite-sized pieces and add them to the salad just before serving. Mix thoroughly and serve.
Please Note: Nutritional values listed may vary from final results depending on actual measurements and brands used to prepare the recipe.
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat28.61 g
Total Carbohydrate8.77 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.