Olive-Quinoa Salad with Olive Shortbreads (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)


Some decisions in life are just no-brainers.  Did I wish to get a second dog after Elsie?  Uh-huh. Should I move in with the HH? Duh. Do I present at Nourished when asked? Uh, yeah. Will I accept when Ellen finally invites me onto her show? OF COURSE I WILL!!  And when Casey of KitchenPLAY emails to see if I’d like to be part of the “Build a Better Salad” event featuring olives and olive oil, do I agree to create a recipe and blog about it? Well–talk about a no-brainer!

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  1. Mmm This sounds wonderful! When we were kids we would head to the park with our Dad, jar of olives in his pocket…we would eat the olives as a snack, and then drink the juice! lol SOOO good! I adore olives also 🙂

    • Danielle, that’s so funny! I actually only came to love olives as an adult. I could definitely also eat a jarfull. . . but not quite ready to drink the juice! 😉

  2. haha I know, weird eh? My kids love olives, we say it is in the genes 🙂

    • I think that’s great! I love when kids have varied palates and are willing to eat “adult” food (apparently, that’s common in Europe. . . we need to take a lesson!). 🙂

  3. We don’t eat olives much but when I do I love them – and I love your recipes. I am particularly taken by the shortbreads (which incidentally mention almonds in the method – is that meant to be olives?) – I think the shortbreads would be an excellent addition to an appetizer plate – we have a similar sort of snacky meal when feeling lazy and/or tired though it is often dip, vegies and crackers.

    • I think I’ve lost track of how many times you’ve pointed out a typo in my recipes–I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t love them so much if those errors were still in them! Thanks–corrected. 🙂 And I agree about the shortbreads–would be great with simple hummus, for example. They are very intensely flavored, so would go well with milder dishes (for some reason I think they’d be perfect with tomato soup). 🙂

  4. Great minds think alike, Ricki! I just posted an olive recipe today, too. This looks great! 🙂

  5. Ricki, You Rock! This salad (and the shortbread) look absolutely fantastic! I can’t wait to try it, as it gives me another way to eat olives.

  6. Well, since I am a self-proclaimed olive lover…this recipe will be a no-brainer for me to try! 😉
    I love all of the ingredients and I am absolutely fascinated and intrigued by this savory shortbread recipe. I am already thinking of the yummy things it will go with!

    • Thanks, Kim! I’d say the shortbreads tasted like black olives, but in a slightly crispy, buttery form! I would love to see them paired with a potato-leek soup, tomato soup, maybe a lovely hummus or “cheese” spread. . . possibilities are endless! Always so happy to find another olive-lover. 🙂

  7. Olive Shortbread? OMG – I’ve got to make this, soon, if not sooner! Another Rockin’ Ricki Recipe!

  8. This looks so good! I absolutely love the addition of green olives to quinoa and I’ve got everything to make this in my pantry. Looking forward to trying the short breads as I’ve only recently gone GF and craving anything bread – y!

  9. You’ve outdone yourself, friend! Olives are amazing in general and these two recipes look specifically divine!

  10. Beautiful salad and I’m so glad to have found your blog through KitchenPLAY. Your new fan!!

  11. Wow, beautiful presentation Ricki! That salad really pops with the olives and peppers. I LOVE the idea for the shortbread too – yum!

  12. Delicious!! Gorgeous colors, tons of flavor and interesting ingredients – I’m definitely going to have to try this! Plus, anything with quinoa is an all star meal in my book 🙂

    • Alyssa, I couldn’t agree more! Quinoa is my favorite grain, and I loved how it paired with the olives and veggies here. Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

  13. Yes. Two of my favorite foods — quinoa and olives — in a great-looking salad with a bonus shortbread! This looks like a perfect, easy dish that would work for company or just whenever. It’s going into my recipe file.

  14. Okay I’m all about the shortbread! Love the ingredients in it Ricki, and that’s how I like my olives – mixed up in something 🙂 I’m still waiting for the moment to enjoy them out of the jar. I love snack-plate nights too. It’s fun and easy. xo

    • If you like black olives, you’ll love the shortbread. I can’t wait to try them with some kind of cheesy spread, too. And nothing beats snack-plate night! 😉

  15. Wow, those crackers look so good! The whole dish looks good… I will have to give them a try!

  16. This is my kind of dish! That salad sounds amazing and I am a huge fan of olives and olive oil! DId Ellen ask you to be on her show?

    • Carol, I wrote, “WHEN” she asks, I will say yes! So no, she hasn’t asked–YET. 😉 Glad you like the salad! Hey, I know: Send Ellen a comment and tell her how great it is!! LOL. 😀

  17. My who;e family loves quinoa! We are gluten, dairy, egg, corn and sugar free…oh and just to top it off my son and I both have candida. Things are tough at the moment, but reading through your blog I see a little light at the end of the tunnel…hoping it’s not a train. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ha, ha!! Well, if it is a train, it’s going in the right direction. 😉 Yes, there is an end in sight! Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂

  18. Waw, What a tasty & appetizing quinoa salad! That balck olive bread looks equally tasty & apart!:) Yummy Yummy!

  19. Oh heavens, I long, long, long for life decisions that are no-brainers. Instead, I find myself locked in anxiety and nausea and sleeplessness, trying to plot my next move. Sometimes, though, the lack of certainty becomes the certainty that something isn’t right. However, now I’m just rambling, so shhh Hannah.

    I’m fairly certain I was weaned on my mother’s famous garlic and rosemary marinated kalamata olives, so these recipes make my heart flutter. Oh the shortbread!

    • Oh, Hannah, I think you got the wrong impression–THESE may have been no-brainers, but my instinctive response is definitely not usually that easy!! I’m Libra, after all. . . we vacillate. 😉

      • Teehee, I know 🙂 In truth, the only thing that sent me on that mind-bender was the one about moving in with the HH. I long to find someone where it feels right and makes sense, because right now all I feel is happiness in being independent!

        I’m Gemini, so I think that’s about constantly changing my mind and mood too 😛

        • Hannah, it took me a LONG time to get to that place. . . I was almost 40 when we met–AND had already messed up a starter marriage first! Sounds like you are perfectly happy where you are. . . a good place to be. 🙂

  20. You had me at Olive Shortbreads!

  21. A savory play on shortbread is smart! You could serve those alongside almost anything or use them as a basis for an appetizer. Such a good idea!

    • Thanks so much! I think they’d be great with soup for some reason. And I’m so glad to hear from another olive lover!! 🙂

  22. Great dish! And would go perfectly with soup. The people I had over just raved about it. Thanks!


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