What all do you use olives for?
Black olives are not just for pizza; they go with everything! Their sweet flavor is one my daughter loves, and the health benefits are a big bonus.
We typically go through a can or two per week. Seriously. Olives are a staple in my house—I am from Spain after all—and we do eat a fairly typical Mediterranean diet.
My daughter eats them right out of the can while I am trying to slice them to top our pizzas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, dips, salads—yes, we are an olive-obsessed family.
Since this is a school lunch site, why not show you one of my daughter favorite ways to bring them to school? We’ve had this lady bug pasta salad in our MOMables menus for over a year, and it remains a favorite.
MOMables Lady Bug Salad
Makes 1 or 2 lunch servings, depending on portion size.
- Cuisine: Lunch
- 1 cup cooked pasta
- ⅓ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- ¼ cup California ripe olives
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mozzarella cubes
- California ripe olives
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve.
- Alternate skewering the tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives onto rounded-edge food picks.