Thursday, May 17, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Tassos Kalamata Olives

How many deliriously good things can you make with Kalamata olives? I recently purchased this enormous jar of olives from my beloved Costco, and I'm planning to find out. I've already made Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm, Olives, Red Peppers, and Feta. At the risk of sounding decidedly un-modest, it was fabulous. I can't wait to make it again.

I never met an olive I didn't like, but I think these particular olives are especially good, and when you factor in the price of $8.49 for over three pounds of high quality Kalamata olives, that's definitely a Kalyn's Kitchen pick for me. If you live where there's not a Costco, my condolences.

This version of Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing is one of the things I'll definitely be making. Below are a few other recipes in which Kalamata olives add a lot of flavor. What's your favorite use for Kalamata olives? If you have a good recipe, tell us about it or leave a link in the comments.

Make Something Yummy with Kalamata Olives:
Sliced Tomato, Olive, and Goat Cheese Salad with Onion-Caper Vinaigrette
Arugula Salad with Marinated Artichokes and More
Green Bean, Goat Cheese and Kalamata Salad from Bron Marshall
Carrot and Olive Salad from Kitchen Chick
Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Olives and Cumin Vinaigrette from A Mingling of Tastes
Foolproof Greek Salad from Tomatocounter customizable free hit
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  1. These are my favorite olives, too. I drive an hour to get to Costco, and it's absolutely worth it.

  2. Hey Kayln! Your wonderful Blog was what finally motivated me to get my own Blogger account! It seems like that, and a Costco card, are the only things required to enjoy your daily posts ;)

  3. Tanna, don't divorce him just for not liking olives. Just eat them all yourself!

    Lydia, I would drive an hour for Costco. Luckily for me (but not so lucky for my budget) it's only about two miles from my house.

    Tristan, great. Blogger and Costco, two great deals.

  4. Sorry, I don't understand how to print your recipes... I click on the title ( I think) but nothing happens. The title is the first large name of the post - correct?

  5. Anonymous, you first click the title, which makes it so that only one post is showing. (If you don't do this first, it prints everything on the page.) Then you print like you normally do, by going to file, then to print, and then clicking OK when the print window pops up.

  6. For the 2 weeks I was in the U.S. I went to the olive bar at the local SM and bought olives, all kinds, but I really love the kalamata. I nibbled on them with a glass of wine...
    For some reason I can't get them here. I can get something close at one shop that is very inconvenient....but, after seeing this, I guess I'll go there today....and stock-up!

  7. One of my sisters lives in San Antonio, and when we go to visit her one of the first stops on our agenda is a visit to the Central Market grocery store. They have the BEST kalamata olive bread- we always buy a loaf and eat it for the rest of our visit. I've not been able to make one at home that I like as well, but I have made some that are pretty good.

  8. Me too, Kalyn! I never met an olive I didn't love either -- and when I discovered pitted kalamatas I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. We do not have a Costco near us, but we do have a specialty grocery store that sells pitted kalamatas in bulk. I love them in all kinds of things -- with braised green or yellow beans served cold, with crumbled feta, chopped up with garlic, basil, and anchovy in tapenade, chopped and scattered over braised endive, in pasta puttanaesca.... I am getting WAY too hungry for this hour of morning.

  9. Hi Kalyn!

    I am really enjoying your blog. I have had great results with the South Beach diet, and the food is great. I usually eat a mediterranean diet and the foods you make on here really fit all those categories! I will definately be back! That cauliflower recipe looks amazing!

  10. I'm heading to my local warehouse store and getting olives right now! Sometimes I get scared buying a big bin of something..what if it tastes like crap? now I'm stuck with a barrel of olives!

  11. What is it with Kalamata olives? Everyone seems to love them. I just posted a recipe for Saganaki Fried Cheese and it calls for Kalamata olives. I am an olive coward, so I left them off! But you are all tempting me to try them with your comments!

  12. Dear Kalyn, I was so busy and unfortunatelly missed quite a few posts. Just had a quick glance and I can already see that in keeping up with tradition the posts are fabulous. Need to get my notebook. I love kalamata olives. This is the one I often buy and end up putting it anywhere suitable. It is such wonderful Olive! Will try to come up with a few proper recipes for you.

  13. Katie, I wonder why no olives like this in France? It's interesting why some places have certain foods and others don't. Wish I could send you some!

    Willa, Kalamata olive bread sounds wonderful.

    Christine, love your ideas. Olives are on my top ten list for sure.

    Jenndz, thanks for stopping by and glad to hear you're doing well with South Beach. I love this way of eating.

    Jaden, stock up! You never want to run out of olives, right. Seriously, this brand is really excellent, in my opinion.

    Holler, Saganaki with kalamata olives sounds wonderful to me.

    Valentina, look forward to seeing your idea for using them.

  14. THANK YOU! I have walked by those olives a million times, wondering if I should commit to such a large jar and now, knowing you rubber stamp the quality and flavor: I WILL BUY THEM! Cool! And I will have to try it with the feta...

  15. Oh my goodness, that's a lot of olives! I only recently started eating olives so I got a tiny little jar from Trader Joes. :P

  16. Janelle, seriously, they are as good as any olives of this type that I've had, and the price is amazing.

    Amy, this jar of olives is a commitment, but you can work your way up to it!

  17. That's a lot of olives to get through! But what a great reason to go crazy and try a bunch of things. I love the idea of the hummus dressing--I definitely plan to try that in the near future.


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