Quick Appetizers: Herb & Citrus Olives

Quick Herb & Citrus Olive

Quick Appetizers

Summer is prime-time for dinner parties, patio celebrations, and family get togethers. What better way to kick off a celebration then with a few quick appetizers to pass around? Appetizers are a fun way to get the conversations rolling and start your dinner party on the right foot. Unfortunately, many homemade appetizers can take long preparation times, and store-bought appetizers often contain hidden sugars and/or additives. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry – we have you covered. This post is all about creating delicious (and impressive) quick appetizers to share with your friends and family – without spending hours in the kitchen.

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Kick-off Your Patio Party with a Few Quick Appetizers

Summer and appetizers go hand-in-hand. There’s nothing quite like sitting back on the patio, and sharing a few tasty appetizers with friends and family. The problem? Many appetizer options at the store re filled with added sugars, and homemade appetizer recipes can be quite labor-intensive. To make things a little easier (and tastier), we’ve provided a few of our favorite appetizer combinations below. Browse through a few samples from our books, then scroll down to see Chef Dawn’s brand new Herb & Citrus Olives recipe.

Quick Appetizers in our Books

Always Hungry?

  • Grain-Free Waffles or Pancakes, pg. 223 – Slice into 2-inch square pieces. Top with cream cheese, dill, and smoked salmon. (See Smoked Salmon Snacks Post)
  • Dr. Ludwig’s Favorite Frittata, pg. 225 – Divide batter into mini muffin tins and serve as small appetizer “two-bite-frittatas”. Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through).
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes, pg. 279 (slice into “fries” prior to roasting) – serve with AH/AD sauce of choice (ie: Chipotle Mayonnaise, pg. 268)
  • Tangy Coleslaw, pg. 279
  • Cheesy Pinto Bean Dip, pg. 291 – Serve with vegetable crudités and/or meatballs and sausage slices on skewers.
  • Smoked Salmon and Dill Cream Cheese on Cucumber Rounds, pg. 295

Always Delicious

  • Spinach Feta Quiche, pg 92 OR Bacon Cheddar Quiche, pg. 94 – Bake in mini muffin tins at 350°F for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Drunken Marinated Shrimp Kebabs, pg. 144
  • Beef, Bison, or Turkey Meatballs, pg. 149 – Serve on skewers with AH/AD sauce of choice.
  • Tofu Vegetable Balls, pg. 171 – Serve on skewers with AH/AD sauce of choice
  • Chickpea Cheddar Crisps, pg. 200 – Serve with dip of choice (ie: Cheesy Pinto Bean Dip, AH pg. 291).
  • The Perfect Cucumber-Tomato Salad, pg. 261
  • Texas Caviar (Black-Eyed Pea Salad), pg. 262
  • Cucumber Vegetable Rolls, pg. 281

Quick Appetizers on our Blog

What’s Your go-to Appetizer?

Share your favorite appetizers in the comments below, or snap a picture and post it in our FaceBook Group – we always love to see what you’ve been making.

Looking for More Quick-and-Easy Recipe Ideas?

Check out our downloadable meal planning classes. Each class comes with an eBook including a Specialized One-Week Meal Plan and Prep Sheet, or Specialized Recipes, as well as Additional Resources prepared by Chef Dawn Ludwig and Chef Kenzie Osborne. Each class also has the option to add-on downloadable presentation slides for more recipes and extra resources.

Citrus & Herb Olives

Citrus & Herb Olives

Chef Dawn Ludwig
These citrus and herb olives take just 20 minutes to make from start-to-finish (but only require about 5 minutes of active cooking time)!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 orange, cut into chunks
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh herbs like thyme, sage leaves, oregano, and sprigs of rosemary


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Toss all the ingredients together.
  • Place in a baking pan and bake for 15 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Serve warm.



Carbohydrates: 7g
Protein: 0g
Calories: 170

Phase 1 Sample Meal

Mix 2 cups chickpeas with the olives and orange slices. Spread on the sheet pan as per the directions. Place four 4-ounce pieces of chicken breast over the chickpeas and olives. Cook as per the directions, increasing the cooking time to 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked through. 
Serve each portion with 2 tbsp feta cheese (crumbled) and 1/2 an avocado (sliced).
Fat: 52%
Carbohydrates: 24%
Protein: 24%
Calories: 600
Keyword Dairy-Free, One Pan

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