Marinated tomato olive salad is a healthy, easy salad recipe that's quick to prepare. Our simple dressing is made with olive oil, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Pour this over the tomatoes, onions, and olives for a delicious Mediterranean salad.

Prep Time: 35 minutes
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Marinated Tomato Olive Salad Recipe

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This recipe was originally published on November 14, 2017.

Are you looking for an easy salad that is sure to please?  Try our marinated tomato olive salad recipe.  It’s simple to make and brings the taste of the Mediterranean to your dinner table.

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What ingredients are in tomato olive salad?

  • Tomatoes: Use fresh roma, grape, or cherry tomatoes in red, yellow, or orange.
  • Olives: Use kalamata, black, Spanish, or pimento stuffed green olives.
  • Onions: Use spring onion, scallions, or red onion.
  • Bell Pepper: Use red, yellow, or orange.
  • Dressing: Make your own with olive oil, vinegar, sugar, and spices.

What goes with tomato olive salad?

  • Wedges of pita bread
  • Crostini
  • Lasagna
  • Homemade pizza
  • Cooked penne noodles
  • Fresh arugula

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What are some tomato olive salad variations?

  • Adding cheese: mozzarella, feta, or shaved Parmesan.
  • Adding vegetables: chopped cucumbers or avocado.
  • Adding fresh herbs: chopped basil, oregano, or parsley.

How many calories are in tomato olive salad?

For a serving size of 1/3 cup, there are 78 calories.  This serving size has 2.9g carbs and is high in vitamin C.

Can I make tomato olive salad ahead of time?

Yes, you most certainly can.  Since this recipe is marinated, it should be made 1 to 4 hours ahead of time.  If you need to make it the night before, just add the tomatoes an hour or two ahead of time.  If you add the tomatoes too soon, they will get mushy.

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How long does tomato olive salad keep in the fridge?

This salad is best if consumed within 24 hours.  If you need to keep it longer, remove the tomatoes and place in a separate bowl.  The tomatoes are more delicate than the other ingredients and can spoil sooner.

Can I freeze tomato olive salad?

Unfortunately, you can’t.  If you have leftovers, try to eat them up within a day or two of making it.  One idea to eat up leftovers is to serve it over buttered penne noodles.

How to Make Marinated Tomato Olive Salad

Gather all the ingredients.  Cut the tomatoes and olives in half lengthwise.  Chop the green onion and red bell pepper, then measure out the dressing ingredients.

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Place the grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and the pimento stuffed green olives in a large mixing bowl.

olives and tomatoes in a glass bowl

Next, add the chopped red bell pepper, the sliced green onion, and the capers.

salad ingredients in a glass bowl

Pour in the olive oil, then add the sherry vinegar, sugar, and spices.

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Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together until combined.

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Pour the dressing over the tomato olive salad.

pouring vinaigrette on the tomato olive salad

Toss the dressing and salad ingredients until well coated with two large spoons.  Cover with an airtight lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least one hour.  This will give the tomatoes time to marinate in the dressing. 

mixing the tomato olive salad with two spoons

When ready to serve, stir and garnish with a sprinkle of black pepper.

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Pro Tips

  • Need to make this the night before?  Leave out the tomatoes until a couple of hours before serving.
  • Want the best flavor?  Let it chill for at least one hour in the fridge for the flavors to mingle.
  • Can’t have tomato seeds?  Use Roma tomatoes and scoop out the seeds.
  • Want to add cheese?  Try mozzarella pearls, feta, or shaved parmesan.
  • Want to add nuts?  Try toasted pine nuts.
  • Want to fresh herbs?  Try basil, oregano, or parsley.
  • Want other onions?  Try scallions or thinly sliced red onions.
  • Want greens?  Serve this salad over arugula or Romaine leaves.
  • Want other vegetables?  Try cucumbers, zucchini, avocados, asparagus, or artichokes.
  • Want a different vinegar?  Try white balsamic or red wine vinegar.

bowl of tomato olive salad with two spoons

Our Go-To Kitchen Tools

  • Bamboo Cutting Board: this large board has a juice groove and lots of room to cut and slice.
  • Cuisinart Knife Set: this economical and versatile knife set has been our go-to for years.
  • Set of 3 Whisks: these sturdy stainless steel whisks are perfect for whipping up salad dressings.
  • Set of 6 Prep Bowls: we love using these simple glass bowls to hold prepped ingredients.
  • Sherry Vinegar: this type of vinegar has a delicate flavor, which adds a good taste to this salad.

Looking for other healthy salad recipes?  Take a look at these delicious recipes.

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Marinated Tomato Olive Salad Recipe


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 3/4 cups 1x

Description

Marinated tomato olive salad is a healthy, easy salad recipe that’s quick to prepare. Our simple dressing is made with olive oil, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Pour this over the tomatoes, onions, and olives for a delicious Mediterranean salad.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved (174g)
  • 1/2 cup green olives, halved (76g)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, halved (84g)
  • 2 teaspoons green onion, finely chopped (8g)
  • 3 tablespoons red pepper, minced (39g)
  • 1 tablespoon capers (15g)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (35 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar (10 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse and cut in half the tomatoes, green olives, and Kalamata olives.  Rinse and finely chop the green onion and red pepper.
  2. Stir together the tomatoes, olives, onion, pepper, and capers until well mixed.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, oregano, salt, and pepper to make the vinaigrette.  Pour it over the salad and toss gently.
  4. Chill for at least one hour.  Serve cold.

Notes

  • Make this recipe perfectly the first time.  Check out the step-by-step photos and pro tips before the recipe card.
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  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tomato salad, tomato olive oil salad

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4 thoughts on “Marinated Tomato Olive Salad Recipe

  1. This salad tastes salty. I like the soft tomatoes and the two kinds of olives. The capers add more goodness. This salad tastes great!

  2. The grape tomatoes and the olives taste really good. The olive oil vinaigrette is nice with the capers, red bell peppers, and green onions.

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