Green Olive Salad is a super tasty and healthy salad with Mediterranean flavors. Sumac, pomegranate molasses and lemon juice make it a mouthwateringly tangy salad that is perfect to serve on a party table.
I know most of you will find it weird but we have this green olive salad at breakfast. I can hear you ask “Raw onions in the morning?” You might have heard about Turkish style breakfast, which includes several sweet and savory dishes served in small amounts. We love to create recipes for breakfast and this one definitely brings excitement to weekend mornings. Believe me it becomes the star of the table and everyone wants to have more. This is what I experience at least whenever I make it.
You already know how I love breakfast and preparing various recipes for it. My parents are living in Tarsus, a city in the South of Turkey, where there are huge olive orchards. We are very lucky as they always bring us home cured green and black olives. Mom prepares them herself every summer. And I have a weakness for the green one. I do love to eat some at the end of lunch or dinner or as a snack any time of the day. I never feel lazy to make this simple green olive salad.
How to Cure Green Olives
Green olives are bitter when picked, so you should make them sweet. After picking the green olives from trees, mom cracks them (some people prefer make a line on each using a knife instead) and put them in jars full of water. To make these olives sweet, she replaces the water in jars with clean water everyday for a week. After they become sweet enough, she takes them in small jars with olive oil, lemon juice and thyme. And they are ready for breakfast. When we want something different for breakfast, we can easily make green olive salad this way.
Sumac gives a sourish flavor to the salad and it definitely enriches the final taste. It’s important to rub the diced onion with sumac than just sprinkling it on the salad. The tangy flavor of sumac comes out better. If you haven’t tried this amazing Middle Eastern spice yet, this green olive salad recipe can be a good start.
A healthy and tangy fresh salad with green olives. A perfect Mediterranean dish for parties too.
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 cup green olives (seeds removed)
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
- In a medium bowl, combine sumac and chopped onion. Rub them so that all pieces are coated with sumac.
- Add in the chopped green onion, tomato and parsley. Toss in the green olives and mix.
- Squeeze one lemon in it. Add in olive oil and pomegranate molasses. Stir well and serve.