Add Some Life: Build a Better Salad with Olives and Olive Oil

About a year ago we made the decision to start eating healthier in my household.  One ingredient that is used in nearly every dinner we prepare is olive oil.  My love of olive oil has only increased since we have begun eating healthier because there are simply so many different ways that it can help make a healthy meal taste fabulous!  One challenge we have discovered with eating healthier is coming up with a good variety of healthy yet also delicious meal recipes.  Olive oil has been the key ingredient in helping us prepare a good variety of tasty healthy meals.

Add Some Life with Olives and Olive Oil is a great campaign that is an excellent resource for eating healthier with olives.  Their goal is to inspire you to discover the taste and versatility of making olives and olive oil a staple of your diet.  Add Some Life with Olives and Olive Oil provides great information on the benefits of consuming olives and olive oil as well as providing an organized selection of recipes for you to try.  My boys love to help make popcorn for our Friday night family movie nights almost as much as they love eating it.  I am planning on trying one of the Add Some Life yummy popcorn recipes very soon!  For even more recipes using olives or olive oil, you can check out the list of Food websites Add Some Life recommends on their website.  You can find this list near the bottom left of the Professionals page.

Add Some Life has truly inspired me to look for ways to incorporate olives and olive oil into my daily life.  I recently came across a new salad recipe that I couldn’t resist trying, so I thought I would share it with you in hopes of inspiring you to try something new!

Marinated Olive Chicken Salad

1 (6 oz) can whole, pitted black olives. Drain

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. dried oregano

8 oz. chopped romaine lettuce

1/2 lb. chopped roasted chicken

2 oz. crumbled feta cheese.


Toss olives with lemon juice, vinegar, and oregano.  We find oregano can be overpowering, so we only used 1/2 tsp.   Allow this to marinate 30 minutes or overnight.

Once the olive mixture marinated for 30 minutes, I added it to the romaine lettuce.  You can buy the pre chopped lettuce in bags for convenience, but we bought a fresh head of romaine at our grocery store.

We then tossed in our chicken and crumbled feta cheese.

Once all of the ingredients were added to our the bowl of our salad spinner, we placed the cover over the bowl.  My son loves this part because he gets to push down the button to spin the salad!  This is a fun and easy way to get your children involved in creating a healthy meal.

The final result was a very yummy salad!  This recipe serves 4, so my hubby and I even had some leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Olives and olive oil are available at most grocery and specialty food stores in varying price ranges.

Disclosure: The author received a premium gift package from the International Olive Council,including a Williams-Sonoma Salad Spinner, Crate and Barrel Salad Dressing Mixer and Crate and Barrel Serving Tongs for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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