Kalamata olives are a variety of black olives that are well-loved around the world. Kalamata olives are different from regular black olives in the sense that they have a far richer and stronger taste. This is due to kalamata olives being allowed to fully ripen, unlike their black olive cousins.
These beautiful olives work well as flavor enhancers for salads, pasta dishes, and stews. They also work very well on their own as the harmonious flavors of the marinade add extra layers and complexity to something that is already flavorful. The Spanish marinade consists of olive oil, saffron, garlic, paprika, and lemon juice to name a few.
For your next charcuterie board, try including these olives alongside your other fresh selections. Alternatively, find some nice heirloom tomatoes, red onions, and cucumber. Deseed and finely slice the tomatoes and cucumber. Finely dice or slice the red onion. Find some nice feta (feel free to substitute with other goat cheeses, but the flavor will be a little less intense) and add the olives. Create a balsamic vinaigrette by combining a spoon of dijon mustard with balsamic vinegar. Slowly introduce the oil until it is combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Store in a cool and dry area, like the pantry or a cupboard. Once opened, keep refrigerated.