Olive Salad with Lemon-Pomegranate Dressing

Olive Salad with Lemon-Pomegranate Dressing

Give olives the spotlight they deserve with this olive salad recipe, complete with buttery Castelvetrano olives, fresh herbs, bell peppers, and a sweet-tart pomegranate dressing. It’s ready in 10 minutes or less!

Let olives be the star of the show with this 10-minute recipe, which balances the buttery-briny nature of Castelvetrano olives with a zippy pomegranate dressing, summery fresh peppers, crunchy walnuts, and fresh herbs. Somewhere between a salad and a condiment, it’s particularly talented at bringing simple baked fish and/or roasted vegetables to the next level.


Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 10 mins 

Servings: 6 


For the Dressing

3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

1 lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon Urfa Biber

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon cumin

Extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

2 cups pitted Castelvetrano olives

2 shallots, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1 yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

½ cup chopped fresh mint

½ cup chopped walnuts



Make the dressing. In a large serving bowl, combine the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, Urfa biber, paprika, and cumin. Whisk as you drizzle in enough oil to make a nicely emulsified dressing, about ¼ cup.

Make the salad. In the same bowl with the dressing, add the olives, shallots, tomato, bell pepper, parsley, mint, and walnuts. Mix well with a spoon.

Enjoy! Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


No salt? You can, of course, season the dressing with a small pinch of salt. But since olives are so briney on their own, I don’t think you’ll need it.

If you buy olives with this pits: Turn this into a “smashed olive salad.” Hit the olives with the side of your knife, just like you’re smashing garlic. Then remove the pits and mix as usual.


Nutritional Info:

Calories: 181.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.9g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 13.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 712.4mg | Potassium: 263.6mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 7.7g | Vitamin A: 1639.5IU | Vitamin C: 46.4mg | Calcium: 62.7mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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