15 Recipes for a Summer Cookout with California Ripe Olives

Here are 15 recipes for appetizers, sides, and mains for your next summer cookout, all featuring California ripe olives. Potato salad, a zesty tapenade, nacho bites, grilled pizza, and more!

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Dreaming up a menu for your next summer cookout? Look no further than one of our favorite pantry staples, olives.

The buttery, mild flavor of both California green and black ripe olives are a fantastic contrast to all of the smoky flavors coming off the grill this summer. You can chop them up into a quick tapenade to serve with chips, make a quick relish to spoon on top of burgers, or toss them with fresh summer vegetables in a pasta salad.

Here are fifteen recipes that put a can of olives to work, guaranteed to make your next cookout a memorable one!

1. California Red Potato and Olive Salad

Leave it to an actual California Ripe Olive grower to create a deliciously fresh spin on a cookout classic!

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2. Cowboy Caviar

Again, California Ripe Olive growers know how to party—case in point, this Cowboy Caviar! This dip boasts a mix of tomatoes, green onions, black beans, and California Ripe Olives, and can be made in advance of your get-together.

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3. California Ripe Olive and Meyer Lemon Tapenade

Ripe green olives team up with fresh Meyer lemons to make a dreamy grower-created dish.

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4. Bacon Olive Appetizer

Cheese. Olives. Bacon. On a crunchy slice of toasted baguette. Do you really need any more convincing?!

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5. California Salmon Burger

Tender grilled salmon burgers infused with olives are then topped with an easy arugula mixture.

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6. Roasted Corn and Bean Salad

This would be the perfect side dish to serve with kebabs or steaks!

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7. Avocado ‘n’ Olive Tostaditos

Can’t go wrong with bite-sized nachos, right? Tortilla chips are topped with black olives, avocado, tomato, green onion, chilies, and (of course!) cheddar cheese.

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8. Orzo with Black Olives and Feta

Put this one in your back-pocket for when extra guests show up and you need a super-fast and super-easy pasta salad to put on the picnic table.

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9. San Francisco Grilled Sourdough Salad

Grilling the bread in this recipe would give the whole salad such an amazing smoky flavor.

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10. Dijon Olive Coleslaw

Delicious pops of briny olives in every bite. This would be great with pulled pork.

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11. Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado and Olive Salsa

The only thing that could possibly be better than grilled steak is grilled steak topped with a quick salsa of avocado and olives!

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12. Mediterranean Tomato Bruschetta

This is such an easy and elegant appetizer. Make the tomato, olive, and feta topping ahead of time, then assemble the toasts just before guests arrive.

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13. Grilled Summer Corn Salad

This salad has the best of summer all on one plate.

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14. California Style Grilled Pizzetta

Simple and delicious. This would make a great appetizer for keeping guests happy while the burgers are cooking!

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15. Black Olive, Red Pepper, and Cucumber Salad

This could be a refreshing side salad on its own or serve as a relish for grilled fish.

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