This quick 5-minute easy olive salad recipe is packed with good fats and very easy to make. Top it on a whipped feta dip for the perfect Keto, low-carb lunch.

A whole recipe where olives are the key ingredient?

Yes, I love olives and they are my go-to snack. It’s about time they were the center of attention!

Olives love being the center of attention because they are packed with all the good stuff! They make for a light lunch or a delicious side dish.

Top view of olive salad on a whipped feta dip with a tortilla chips on inserted on the left side of the dip
What are you waiting for? Dive in and enjoy this easy olive salad.


  • Once made, put it into a glass airtight container. This will make the salad last longer.
  • Use “dry” sun-dried tomatoes and not those immersed in oils.
  • Also, use olives from jars that don’t have any additional ingredients like sugars, guar gum, or bad oils. My favorite jarred olives are large green olives like Spanish olives.
  • For the best taste experience, use as many types of olives as you can. I will add black olives or Greek olives occasionally. Each olive adds its own unique taste to the salad. My favorite is kalamata olives
  • If the pearl onions you use in this recipe are in brine, wash them first! This will minimize their strong briny flavor.
  • I serve this Italian olive salad over a whipped cream cheese and feta cheese dip. If you don’t like whipped feta, you can use cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or Labneh.
Top view of olive salad on a whipped feta dip with a tortilla chips on inserted on the left side of the dip
You will never see olives in the same way again.

Olives are the best stuff on earth

I can’t sing enough praises of olives! They are, in my humble opinion, are the best stuff on earth. I consider them one of my top 5 favorite foods!

They are packed with good fats (about 80-90% is fat content). They also have:

  • Antioxidant properties, with flavones
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega 3 & 6
  • Low cholesterol
  • High fiber
  • Lots of Iron
  • Lots of Copper

…… and the list is endless.

Source: Medical News Today, World’s Healthiest Foods, Academic Oxford University Press, and my discussions with doctors and dieticians.

Pair it with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil for added health benefits. So, include olives in any way you can. Even if it is as simple as eating them out of the jar!

Top view of olive salad on a whipped feta dip. A chip is in the process of scooping up the dip
The luckiest chip in the world!

Best appetizer for your holiday guests

I am always being asked for healthy appetizers people can serve their Christmas guests or any holiday. Even for game days, people are searching for healthier snacks and appetizers.

The good thing about this olive salad is that it satisfies a Paleo diet, Whole Foods diet, Keto, low carb, vegan, vegetarian, and even meat eaters! This recipe brings joy to all.

This olive salad can be used in….

Serve this easy olive salad in a large bowl and can be used as a dip for your chips. If you have had a classic muffuletta sandwich before, then this olive salad will be familiar to you.

Put the ingredients in a food processor and make a classic muffaletta sandwich with the mixture.

Top view of olive salad on a whipped feta dip. A chip is in the process of scooping up the dip
The olive salad can be served without the dip too. Serve it to your holiday guests.

More ingredients to add to this olive salad

  1. Shallots
  2. Sesame seeds
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Red bell peppers
  5. Pepperoncini / Red peppers
  6. Relish
  7. Lemon Balm
  8. Red onion and/or artichoke hearts

To make this a great recipe, add a blend of herbs. Serve it by itself, in pita pockets, or in lettuce wraps. Leftover salad can be saved in an airtight container and should be used up in 2 weeks.

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Top, closeup view of olive salad with sun-dried tomatoes on a whipped feta dip with a tortilla chips on inserted on the left side of the dip

The BEST Olive Salad Recipe

Quick and easy olive salad made with simple ingredients that is packed with good fats. Perfect Keto diet recipe and low-carb recipe.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Greek, Italian
Servings 2 People
Calories 50 kcal


  • Plastic Spatula
  • Glass Bowl



  • Add all the ingredients in a glass bowl
  • Mix well
  • Optionally, you can let it marinate for 10 minutes before topping it on a dip
  • Refrigerate remaining olive salad and re-use within 2 weeks.



**** Calorie information is approximate.  Consult your dietician for a more accurate nutrition information


Calories: 50kcal
Keyword Christmas Appetizers, easy salad recipes, Holiday recipes, Keto recipes, Low carb recipes
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