15 Healthy Recipes That Use Olive Oil You Won't Want to Forget by 30Seconds Food

15 Healthy Recipes That Use Olive Oil You Won't Want to Forget

It's time for olive oil to shine! The Mediterranean Diet has long been lauded for protecting against cardiovascular disease, and now its key ingredient, olive oil, has been found to be a viable agent for preventing death linked to dementia. A study published on May 6, 2024, in JAMA Networks Open has shown a correlation between consuming a spoonful of olive oil each day and a 28 percent reduced risk of dementia-related deaths.

If you want to add more healthy olive oil to your diet but aren't sure how, we've pulled 15 of our top recipes that feature that healthy ingredient. Let's get cooking!

1. Herb and Garlic Infused Olive OilThis low-sodium oil is delicious in homemade vinaigrettes or salad dressings, drizzled over salad greens, in dishes calling for olive oil or used as a bread dip. You could also cook chicken, pork, seafood, lamb or beef in the flavored oil. How will you use it?

2. Mediterranean Harvest Market Salad With Creamy Greek DressingThe fresh salad uses farmers market, farm-to-table ingredients and has a creamy homemade Greek dressing made with yogurt and olive oil, so it's healthier.

3. Olive Oil Scrambled EggsThe flavor of the olive oil really shines in this simple egg dish, so break out the good stuff.

4. Peas and Potatoes With Olive Oil Herb Dressing: Peas and potatoes together is nothing new, but by adding olive and fresh herbs to create a dressing, this side dish recipe is elevated.

5. Mediterranean Baked Cod With Lemon and Olive Oil: If you're trying to eat a more Mediterranean diet because of the health benefits, this easy cod recipe is calling your name. With just three simple ingredients, this Mediterranean recipe is on the table in 15 minutes.

6. Olive Oil Soaked Feta Cheese: Why do we love this marinated feta cheese recipe? There are the health benefits of feta, the health benefits of olive oil and the health benefits of fresh herbs. Wait! We almost forgot that this olive oil soaked feta is absolutely delicious as a snack, appetizer or part of a charcuterie board.

7. Basil PestoBasil pesto is not only packed with flavor, it’s also super easy and quick to put together. All you need to make this easy homemade basil pesto recipe is fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Blend it up and get ready to taste freshness on a fork (or spoon!).

8. Mediterranean Olive Oil VinaigretteOlive oil and vinegar are the basis for any good vinaigrette recipe. This light, refreshing Mediterranean-inspired vinaigrette recipe has the addition of lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley. The combination is perfect drizzled or poured over salad greens, pasta salad or even grilled chicken, fish or shrimp.

9. Italian Farro Recipe With Olive Oil and Chives: Quinoa was a trendy food years back, but now farro seems to be taking over that role. Farro is an ancient grain that is popular in Mediterranean and Italian cooking. In Italy, farro is grown in the regions of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.

10. Olive Oil Bread Dip: Not only is this easy Italian bread dip recipe good for serving with dinner (especially pasta!), but could also be put out as a party food at your family get-togethers. Put a bowl of the dip on a platter with a loaf of fresh bread, bread cubes or crostini, and watch what happens.

11. Creamy Burrata With Lemon Zest and Olive Oil: Burrata is an Italian cow's milk cheese that's made from mozzarella and cream. This burrata appetizer is made with burrata cheese, olive oil, lemon zest, salt and black pepper. Nothing more, nothing less.

12. Tabbouleh SaladTabbouleh is a cold salad made with bulgur, lots of parsley, tomatoes and mint, and then marinated in a lemony olive oil dressing. This healthy salad recipe is a winning side dish and part of a nutritious Mediterranean Diet.

13. Mediterranean Sweet Heat Tuna Salad: This easy sweet heat tuna salad recipe doesn't have mayonnaise in it and has an explosion of interesting, contrasting flavors. The tuna salad gets a little heat from ground cayenne and some sweetness from brown sugar and grated carrot. You're going to love it.

14. No Lettuce Greek Salad With Chickpeas: Serve this refreshing lettuce-free Greek salad as a vegetarian lunch or dinner or as a side dish with dinner and your favorite protein.

15. Baked Olives: When the briny, pungent flavor of olives are baked and served hot with feta and fresh herbs, the results will punch you right in your taste buds.

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Donna John
Love all these recipes! I cook with olive oil almost daily. Love all the health benefits of olive oil. What's your favorite recipe featuring this ingredient?
Elisa Schmitz
Olive oil is my favorite, not only for the health benefits but also for the taste! So good.

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