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

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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!

To read more about this event and to see my recipe, click here. 

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

  • 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 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    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! 😉

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    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!). 🙂

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  • 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.

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    Ricki Reply:

    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). 🙂

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Oooh, yum!! Must go check it out–! 😀

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  • 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.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Kim! And we can never have too many ways to eat olives, right? 😉

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  • 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!

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    Ricki Reply:

    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. 🙂

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Gretchen! I loved both parts of the recipe (and kinda chuffed to be called “rockin”!!) 😀

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  • 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!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Wendy! Hope you enjoy them. There are many other bready recipes here, but you can start with this one and this one. Enjoy!

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, JL! I couldn’t agree more about olives–such a perfect food!

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks so much, Heather! I thought yours was pretty spectacular, too. 🙂

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Alisa! It’s very colorful in person, too. 😉

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  • 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 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    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! 🙂

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  • 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.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Yay! I agree–it’s an easy dish for company, that’s just fancy enough for that purpose, yet easy enough for any time. 🙂

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  • 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

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    Ricki Reply:

    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! 😉

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Vicky! If you do give it a try, let me know what you think! 🙂

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  • 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?

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    Ricki Reply:

    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. 😀

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  • 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.

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    Ricki Reply:

    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. 🙂

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Sophie! Glad it appeals. 😀

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  • 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!

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    Ricki Reply:

    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. 😉

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    Hannah Reply:

    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 😛

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    Ricki Reply:

    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. 🙂

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  • You had me at Olive Shortbreads!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Ha, ha!! Now if only we could get Tom Cruise into the mix. . . ! 😀

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  • 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!

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    Ricki Reply:

    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!! 🙂

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

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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