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Green Olive Salad

We can’t encourage you enough to try this salad. The list of ingredients is not instantly inspiring but the result is fabulous!

You will have far too much dressing left over but it will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months and can be used on any salad (it will separate but just give it a good shake each time before serving).

Crushed olive salad – Insalata di olive verdi schiacciate – to serve 4-6

  • 450g good quality green olives in brine
  • 6 celery stalks, with leaves, all finely chopped
  • the leaves from 10-12 stalks of mint, finely chopped
  • 40ml dressing (see below)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE DRESSING (makes approx. 375ml): 

  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 300ml extra virgin olive oil

First make the dressing:

Put the salt into a bowl, then add the vinegars and leave aside for a minute or two to allow the salt to dissolve. Whisk in the olive oil and 2 tbsp of water until it emulsifies. Pour into a clean bottle and keep in the fridge (it should last for about 6 months); it will separate but just give the bottle a good shake before serving.

Drain the olives and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut the flesh away from the stone (try slicing 3-4 times from end to end then carefully cutting away each segment). Put the olive pieces into a bowl and add the celery, celery leaves, and mint. Toss with 40ml of the dressing, season and serve.

(Original recipe from Georgio Locatelli’s Made In Sicily, Fourth Estate, 2011.)

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This is something we’ve bought loads, either in a deli or in a restaurant. Easy, tasty and fresh; don’t know why it has taken so long for us to make our own! Provided you keep it in the fridge with a thin film of olive oil covering the top it will last for ages. A really nice topping for bruschetta or slices of crusty bread.

Green olive paste  – makes enough to fill a jam jar

  • 40 stoned green olives
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to make a purée.

Wine Suggestion: The influence here is clearly Spanish and as you’re likely to serve this before a meal we suggest the ultimate Spanish aperitif – a glass of Sherry. We would choose either a Fino or Manzanilla where the salty-savoury freshness would really compliment the tangy olive flavours and add a texture that really works. It is super important that you pick a recently bottled version (ask your wine merchant to explain the lot numbers! … or me if you are in Mitchell’s) as these sherries really lose freshness and vitality if it has been bottled too long.

(Original recipe from Real Fast Vegetarian Food by Ursula Ferrigno, Metro Publishing Ltd., 2002.)

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