Summer is the perfect time to eat healthy and delicious olives. But how do you enjoy them at your next party this summer? Here are some ways to include olives into your meals during the warm months.

In a Salad

There’s nothing like a fresh salad during summer. You can enjoy a Greek Salad with Kalamata olives and feta cheese or even a Mexican Summer Salad that’s full of black olives, green olives cilantro and cotija cheese.

On a Pizza

Make your own delectable pizza with veggie toppings, including roasted red pepper, eggplant, and sliced black olives. Or consider a Basil Pesto Pizza with tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts and feta cheese.

With Zucchini and Mozzarella

If you’re looking for a way to ditch the gluten and bread, alternate it with scrumptious vegetables and herbs that go well with olive oil. Zucchini boats are a healthy dish made with fresh basil, grape tomatoes and balls of mozzarella cheese.

On a Kebab

Grilling is fun and easy with a multitude of meats or fish ingredients available! At your next barbeque, grill your favorite kebab, whether it be shrimp, chicken, or beef. Simply drizzle some olive oil to add flavor to the dish!

As a Snack

Eating olives on their own makes for a delicious snack! It’s also healthy for you! Olives are a low calorie appetizer with many health benefits. Olive oil is great for a variety of skin-care regimens and helps alleviate many health issues. You can use it for strengthening nails and moisturizing skin. Eating olives can also help you lower your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. This type of bad cholesterol can build up in your bloodstream and cling to the walls of your arteries, which can later lead to a condition called atherosclerosis.