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Olive Bar Salad

June 28, 2018
Olive Bar Salad

It has been crazy hot for the last several days. If I could get away with ice cream for every meal I would. So as an alternative, there is this Olive Bar Salad. It has only one cooked ingredient. That would be the brown rice. I made a double batch the other night for dinner. So today when I put this salad together, I just took everything out of the fridge.

Olive Bar Salad Main Dish

Make it a meal by adding lettuce greens, crumbled goat cheese and pumpkin seeds.


Once this salad is made it stays good in the fridge for several days. It is good cold or at room temperature. You can eat it just as I made it, or add it to lettuce greens of your choice. The key here is, pick up your favorite things from the grocery store olive bar and then add a few fresh salad veggies and a starch of your choice. I like quinoa, barley, farrow, wild rice blend, or in my case today, brown rice. The starch is important because it soaks up and distributes the dressing. And, let’s be honest, it’s all about the dressing. Plus the starch is what makes the salad a filling main dish. It’s all I need for lunch.

My must haves are marinated artichoke hearts, a few roasted garlic cloves and some sort of olives. I really like the tapenade, which is a mix of different types of chopped olives (first because they are already chopped), capers, spices and an acid like vinegar or lemon juice. It makes for an even better dressing. Just add a few fresh ingredients like green onion, celery and sun dried  or slow roasted tomatoes and you’re done.

Olive Bar Salad Ingredients

Olive Bar Salad Ingredients

Thank you to my sister for showing me the light regarding the “salad bar cheat” many years ago. You rock Sis.

Olive Bar Salad Main Dish

Olive Bar Salad

Your favorite ingredients from the grocery store olive bar plus a few fresh veggies and a starch. You have a light meal in a flash. 

Course Main Course, Salad
Keyword Salad
Servings 4
Author Jeanne Rogers -


  • 2 cups brown rice cooked
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup celery thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup green onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts sliced
  • 1 tbsp roasted garlic cloves diced
  • 1/4 cup olive tapenade plus a bit of their liquid or mixed diced olives

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • dash honey optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine rice and vegetables together in bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl or jar, combine dressing ingredients. I like to put them in a small jar with a lid.  Add dressing to rice and veggies. I recommend using about 3/4 of the dressing to start. Combine and taste if needed add more of the dressing. 

  3. Serve cold or at room temperature. Add salad greens, crumbled goat or feta cheese and pumpkin seeds if you like. 

Recipe Notes

For the starch, use brown rice, wild rice blend, quinoa, barley or farrow.

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