Tomato Artichoke and Olive Salad

Before you start blinking or wondering what’s wrong with your computer, don’t worry – it’s all my fault!  I’m trying out a little something with my photography today.  It’s kind of artsy, kind of retro….just a little bit of fun.  I’d love to hear what you think and don’t hold back.  My friends and family give me honest feedback all the time so I can take it, ha!  I can’t decide on this one so I think majority will have to rule.

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As I mentioned on Facebook and Instagram, I was cooking dinner the other night and had no idea what to make for a side dish so I tossed some tomatoes, olives and artichokes on a plate and made up a little dressing that was simple and delicious.  Winter tomatoes aren’t nearly as tasty as summer ones so I would suggest buying organic and salt and pepper them generously and you’re good to go!

Tomato Artichoke and Olive Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners

I keep a jar of marinated artichokes in the pantry because I love munching on them and they are  the perfect snack and additive when you’re running out of ideas.  A 1/2 cup serving of marinated artichokes contains 110 calories and a one-half cup includes 9 grams of fat deriving primarily from the oil used in the marinade, but only 1 gram is saturated, which is the unhealthy type of fat that contributes to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. One serving of marinated artichokes contributes 5 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of dietary fiber.  It is also a great source of Vitamin C which is so important for your immune system in these cold/flu months.

And guess what? You really do need your fresh parsley in this recipe otherwise you’ll be disappointed in the taste so no cheating.  And this is not me nagging this time – this is vital to the recipe, ha!  Cheers!

Tomato Artichoke and Olive Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners


Tomato, Artichoke and Olive Salad
Author: Robyn | Simply Fresh Dinners
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Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, cut lengthwise and then quartered
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 small jar of marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 1 small jar of sliced black olives
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (maybe 2 if you’re not a fan of garlic)
  • small handful of fresh parsley
  1. Place cut tomatoes on serving platter. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Combine artichokes, olives, parsley, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic, mixing well. Spoon on to tomatoes and top with additional fresh parsley.



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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    What a fantastic light salad Robyn! I love artichokes and olives!
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    January 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Robyn, your pics turned out very nice, love the color and light. Can you share your tips?
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      January 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Hi Cheri,

      Thanks! These are shot in RAW and when I edit in LightRoom, I use the curve button. I have some tutorials I watch on YouTube that helped a lot. Let me know if you’d like the links 🙂
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    Anita Rivera
    January 25, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Good morning, sunshine!!!!!! You are gearing us up for a fun and delicious spring/summer menu! I can’t wait to eat something like this out on the covered deck. LOOKING GOOD! OH, how was the party?

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      January 25, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I’m dreaming of summer buried under all this snow, Anita! lol. The organic winter tomatoes are pretty good here right now. Great weekend – Manning won!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    January 25, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Love the photos, and I also love marinated artichokes. This looks delicious!!
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      January 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Thanks, Blair! Artichokes are just so darn good, aren’t they?! Oh, do I see the words easy and risotto together? I must check this out!
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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    January 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I love these photos, Robyn. So simple and pretty. It showcases all the ingredients and I just love olives and marinated artichokes. I’m always looking for a flavorful salad that I can put together in 10 minutes – and the more garlic the better for me!
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    January 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Robyn! Your photos are gorgeous! I struggle photographing food…. It looks so appealing! Thanks for sharing at Table It! 🙂

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    Debbie Harris
    January 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Robyn! Oooh this is a keeper recipe for sure!! Looks and sounds simply delicious, and I say simply because it’s as simple as 123!
    Each item in this salad is absolutely perfect together. I’ll be having this real soon I assure you. 🙂
    It’s always nice stopping in to visit with you my friend.
    Bless you~

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      January 30, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Thanks so much for your visit, Debbie. I love that this comes together in a snap yet the flavors are a real stand-out. I hope you’re enjoying your new year, sweet friend!

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    January 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Not only is this salad beautiful 🙂 It sounds wonderful! You know me, I’m not a huge tomato fan, but you always make me want to eat them {{smiles}}

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. YOU are an inspiration, my friend. Love and hugs!

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    January 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Oh, can hardly wait for garden tomatoes and parsley to go in this salad! I love artichokes and olives (and now you have me wanting an olive so as soon as I pin this recipe I am headed to the refrigerator to have one!)
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    January 31, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Hi Robyn,
    This looks really tasty. I use organic olive oil on all my salads. I love combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted! PS Glad your were able to get linked up!

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    GiGi Eats
    February 18, 2016 at 12:49 am

    THE BEST COMBO – seriously! Artichokes are just… Ugh. On ANOTHER LEVEL in my eyes… And mouth 😉 And olives – salty goodness is ALWAYS a good time!
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    March 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I love a good salad that doesn’t have a ton of lettuce in it. This looks fantastic. Great combo of veggies!

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      March 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Me too, Jeni. I see to have lost my taste for lettuce, lol. I’m constantly on the lookout for great substitutes 🙂 Thanks for visiting!
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