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Five Tasty Manzanilla Olive Recipes

It’s true that we might be a little biased, but these tasty little olives play a major role in our business. Manzanilla olives are actually the most popular olive on the market today. These plump, green olives are used as both table olives (typically stuffed) and they’re also the foundation of olive oils and olive oil based products.

These olives are packed with health benefits that make them not just delicious, but good for you. We’ve covered the ins and outs of these olives already in this article , but because we’re such a fan we’re highlighting some new fun recipes that you can use them in.

Olive Tapenade


2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Jar Delizia Pitted Queen Olives
Fresh Garlic
Red Pepper Flakes
1 french baguette


Add all ingredients into a food processor remembering to chop the garlic first. Pulse everything in the food processor until it has a slightly chunky consistency, but not totally pureed. Slice the baguette and toast it in the oven. Spoon the tapenade onto the toasted bread and serve.

Olive Spaghetti Sauce


1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 gloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
½ cup Delizia stuffed olives of your choice
1 tsp brown sugar


Heat olive oil in a sauce pan on the stove. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft (approx. 5 minutes). Add tomatoes and olives and season as desired with black pepper, sea salt, and brown sugar. Bring ingredients to a boil and then let simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Add in your favorite pasta and serve.

Olive Hummus


1 can garbanzo beans
1/3 cup Delizia stuffed olives of your choice
¼ cup lemon juice
2 gloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons UP Olive Oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1 ½ tsp chopped fresh parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste


Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Serve with your favorite pita chips or vegetables.

Fried Stuffed Olives


1 jar Delizia stuffed olives of your choice
½ cup flour
1 cup fine bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine flour and bread crumbs in a bag or bowl. Beat the eggs to create and egg wash. Remove the stuffed olives from the jar and rinse to remove excess salt and then pat them dry. Dip the olives in the egg wash and then the breading mixture. Repeat this 2-3 times to get a thick coat. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Once the olive oil is hot enough for frying add the breaded olives to the pan and fry until the olives are a nice golden brown. Serve while warm.

Tuscan Olive Chicken

Recipe From Emily Bites

4 (6 oz each) raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts or cutlets
¾ teaspoon dried basil
¾ teaspoon dried oregano
¾ teaspoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
¾ teaspoon minced garlic
¾ cup large pitted black olives
½ cup green stuffed olives
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon drained capers
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon mustard

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
2. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and if necessary, pound with a meat mallet to ensure an even thickness. Combine the basil, oregano, and rosemary in a small dish and then sprinkle onto both sides of each chicken breast, pressing the herbs down to ensure they stick to the breasts.
3. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the olive oil into a large skillet or saute pan and bring over med-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and saute for a minute. Add the chicken breasts in a single layer and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side to lightly brown the outside of the chicken.
4. Transfer the chicken breasts to the prepared baking sheet and cover them with another sheet of aluminum foil. Place the covered sheet pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil cover and continue baking uncovered for another 5-10 minutes (depending on the thickness of your breasts) until the chicken is cooked through.
5. While the chicken is baking, place the black olives, green olives, garlic cloves, capers, lemon juice, mustard, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil into a food processor and turn it on or pulse a few times until the ingredients are finely chopped and well combined. When the chicken is finished, top each breast with ¼ cup of olive tapenade and serve.

Manzanilla Olives – Facts, Health Benefits & Tasty Recipes

While it’s all too easy to group olives into two distinct categories – black or white – most are surprised to learn that there are actually hundreds of varieties grown throughout the world. Similar to wine grapes, certain types of olives grow better in different climates, leading to a wide range of unique flavors and textures that can produce mouthwatering culinary possibilities.

Since covering even the most popular types of olives far exceeds the scope of this article, today, we’re going to be focusing on one variety in particular – Manzanilla olives.

What Are Manzanilla Olives?

Believe it or not, these tasty little morsels are actually the most common type of green olive found in supermarkets today. If you’ve ever purchased a jar of green olives packed into a glass jar with brine, chances are, you’ve sampled these olives before. Originating from Sevilla, Spain, Manzanilla olives have taken the world by storm, commonly found in everything from roasted chicken and Mediterranean style dishes to the iconic dirty martini.

Not only are Manzanilla olives the most popular type of green olive you’ll find, but they’re actually the most popular type of olive in the world. Largely due in part to its resilience and high yield, the ever increasing demand for Manzanilla olives has led them to also be grown in the sunny state of California.

Characterized by their light green appearance, Manzanilla olives are commonly pitted and stuffed with pimento (the classic red filling), garlic paste, or even almonds depending on where you get them from. These plump, meaty olives have a firm texture and diverse flavor profile that will take your taste buds through notes of briny deliciousness before evolving into something slightly bitter with a touch of nutty smokiness.

Because they can be so widely produced, Manzanilla olives serve as a great source for olive oil in addition to their whole fruit purposes. When not being used for olive oil, Manzanilla olives undergo an extensive process that prepares them for packaging.

Contrary to popular belief, you won’t have a pleasant experience if you just pluck an olive from its tree and bite into it. Instead, you’ll be greeted with a face-twisting bitterness as a result of the oleuropein content that gets removed during the curing process.

Once the Manzanilla olives have been deemed ripe enough to pick, the farmer will start by washing them off in a bath drawn with water and brine to preserve the freshness and remove any debris from the exterior.

After they’ve been thoroughly rinsed, they will again be submerged in a sea salt brine (varies depending on the producing company) for as long as three weeks to fully remove the naturally bitter taste and produce the succulent olives we’ve come to love.

From here, they’re then pitted, stuffed, and packaged in glass jars and filled with brine or olive oil for preservation until it’s time to enjoy them!

Health Benefits of Manzanilla Olives

Manzanilla olives are packed with powerful nutrients that offer several health benefits when incorporated as a staple in your diet.

1. High In Antioxidants

One of the most well-documented benefits of olive oil is their rich antioxidant profile which has been found to help lower the risk of developing a number of diseases. Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants found in olive oil, helping to protect your body against viruses and free radical damage, which has been largely associated with cancers and even heart disease.

On top of having a high concentration of Vitamin E, studies have also shown that consuming olives can significantly increase glutathione levels in the blood, one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants.

2. Abundance of Healthy Fats

As you may have already assumed, olive oil from Manzanilla olives is largely comprised of monounsaturated fats. Known as oleic acid, monounsaturated fats are believed to help fight chronic inflammation in the body.

The oil contained within Manzanilla olives is also believed to help reduce blood pressure, further contributing to heart health. In addition, the fat content of Manzanilla olives is packed with omega-3’s and 6’s, both of which are important for keeping your heart health in check.

3. Heart Health & Stroke Prevention

Scientists have long been interested in the Mediterranean diet due to the low number of heart disease cases in the region. After extensive research, scientists found that a diet rich in olive oil helps protect the body against heart disease in a variety of different ways (as covered above).

Similarly, scientists have also performed numerous studies on the link between strokes and olive oil consumption. Their research found that monounsaturated fat from olives is one of the leading factors in reducing the risk of stroke.

Manzanilla Olive Recipes

Bacon Olive Wraps

This recipe is the perfect choice when looking to impress guests with a simple yet tasty appetizer involving Manzanilla olives.

Ingredients: Bacon, Manzanilla olives, white bread

1. Cut the crust from the white bread and slice each piece into 3 equal strips.
2. Roll it around the olive, followed by half a strip of bacon before securing with a toothpick.
3. Place on a baking sheet and broil for about 5 minutes, making sure the bacon is crispy all around.

Chopped Salad

When you’re in the mood for a stunningly flavorful salad that can take on whatever form you please, the Manzanilla olive chopped salad never fails.

Ingredients: For this recipe, the only ingredients you need are those necessary to create your favorite salad.

Cooking: Whether that be an extravagant blue cheese salad or a simple spring mix with some grilled chicken, sprinkling in a few stuffed olives that have been chopped up can instantly elevate any salad to the next level of delicious.

Chicken Pesto & Pasta

Manzanilla olives work exceptionally well with pesto dishes, making chicken pesto the perfect candidate for these tasty little morsels.

Ingredients: For this recipe, you can use any chicken pesto recipe you find and simply add an extra step while making the sauce.

Cooking: As the pesto ingredients are cooking down in a large pot (commonly including garlic, parsley, olive oil, and rep pepper), sprinkle in a few Manzanilla olives and allow them to meld with the flavors for 3-4 minutes and wallah!