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Easy Homemade Green Olive Bread Recipe (No Knead)

Flavored with olives and perfectly textured, this gorgeous olive bread is exactly what you want in fresh bread for the table. Make our easy green olive bread and enjoy it on a charcuterie board or with a huge variety of meals.

A sideview of a green olive bread loaf with a slice propped up against the front. Hostess At Heart

Make an unforgettable loaf of our easy green olive bread recipe. Enjoy the soft and tender crumb of homemade bread with a touch of salty olive brine. We will share step-by-step instructions and give you tips and tricks to make sure your homemade olive bread turns out perfect every single time.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Olive Bread

  • Seven Simple Ingredients. The thing I love about making bread recipes at home is that it doesn’t take much on hand to make a beautiful loaf you can be proud to serve.
  • Savory and Unique Bread. This is not a loaf of bread every home baker serves at their table. The inspired flavor of this recipe will set you apart.
  • No fuss recipe. It’s not complicated to make olive bread from scratch and once you try it you will make it again and again. It’s a no-knead recipe that you can make and serve on the same day!
  • Versatile. This olive loaf bread makes a great appetizer on a charcuterie board with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping. Serve this rustic loaf with your favorite Greek salad or a steaming cup of soup.

What is Olive Bread?

This bread originated in Italy and is usually associated with food from the Mediterranean region. It is a savory bread laced with the olives that give it its classic flavor and texture.

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

Ingredients used to make homemade olive bread including flour, olives, yeast, water, salt, herbs, and granulated garlic. - Hostess At Heart
Green Olive Bread Ingredients
  • Lukewarm water. Warm water helps the yeast get started.
  • Active dry yeast. Yeast can be purchased in several different forms. Make sure you buy the right kind for this recipe. If yeast confuses you, check out our baking tips.
  • Pitted Green Olives. You can make several different variations of this bread, which includes different types of chopped olives. See our list of suggestions down below!
  • Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. Bleached will also work.
  • Salt.
  • Garlic Powder. Using the granulated powder makes sure the flavor is infused in every inch of the bread.
  • Dried Parsley. This adds both color and texture.

How To Make Olive Bread

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

First Step. Proof the yeast.

This ensures that yeast is alive and active and will work its magic to make your bread rise.

Note: If you have instant yeast you can substitute it for the active dry yeast 1:1. Continue with the instructions, ignoring the activation time.

Second Step. Prepare the Green Olives

A measuring cup of flour hovering over a bowl of chopped green olives - Hostess At Heart

Chop the olives to the size of a chocolate chip. Drain them on a paper towel. Mix them with flour. This helps them stay suspended in the bread. Set aside.

Third Step. Mix the dry ingredients.

Combined dry ingredients used to make bread including flour, parsley, granulated garlic, and salt
Combine Dry Ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, measure the flour and add the salt, garlic powder, and dried Parsley.

Fourth Step. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add Olives

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture and add ½ of the flour mixture. Then add the olives and the remaining flour mixture. Mix until it is all combined.

Fifth Step. Let it rise.

A bowl filled with risen bread dough dotted with green olives - hostess at heart
First rise

Leave the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm draft-free place for 90 minutes or until the dough has doubled. This is the first rise of two.

Sixth Step. Shape the green olive bread dough into a loaf.

Sticky dough shaped into a loaf sitting on a measuring matt. Hostess At Heart

Once the dough has doubled, transfer it to a floured surface and form the dough into a rough loaf.

Seventh Step. Let it rise a second time, while you preheat the oven.

A round shaped loaf of bread sitting on a floured baking sheet - Hostess At Heart
Final shape on baking sheet

Cover with a tea towel and let it rise in a warm place for 45 minutes for the final rise. Transfer dough to a lightly floured cookie sheet and shape into a ball. Score the bread with a sharp knife or razor blade.

Eighth Step. Bake your Green Olive Loaf.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-43 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Top down view of a round loaf of homemade bread stuffed with olives - Hostess At Heart

Frequently Asked Questions

Is olive bread vegan?

Yes. This recipe is a vegan recipe.

How to eat olive bread?

A slice of olive bread being dipped into a bowl of spiced olive oil. Hostess At Heart

This bread is fantastic dipped with olive oil and spices. It is the perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean recipes, soup, or a nice fresh salad. Any time you think you might want to make fresh bread, this is a good choice and a change of pace from the traditional choices. And, my very favorite is a slice with a creamy bowl of pasta!

How To Reheat & Store Easy Green Olive Bread

What is the best way to store Olive Bread?

After the bread is completely cooled, store the bread at room temperature in an airtight container or a bread bag. If it’s not cooled, your crunchy crust will become gummy.

Can I freeze Olive Bread?

Yes. Freeze a loaf of bread wrapped in parchment paper and then place it in an airtight container, freezer-safe plastic bag, or wrapped in aluminum foil. We find double wrapping a fresh loaf of bread protects it longer from freezer burn. Freeze for up to 6 months.

You can also freeze individual slices. Bread can be thawed at room temperature or individual slices can be toasted in the oven or toaster oven.

How do you reheat Green Olive Bread?

Toast individual slices in your toaster oven or microwave a slice for about ten seconds.

Olive Loaf Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  • Substitute green olives for Kalamata olives for a delicious Meditteranean Kalamata Bread. Black olives are also a good option. Hey olive lover, use the type of olives that you like.
  • For cheesy olive bread add 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup of shredded or diced cheese. Asiago, Feta, Gruyere, and cheddar are our favorites.
  • Fresh herbs are a great addition to this rustic olive bread. Fresh rosemary or a Meditteranean spice blend would be delicious. We recommend 1 tablespoon of all herbs combined for the whole loaf.
  • Use a “bread dip” blend of spices in olive oil for dipping. You can find these spice blends in small metal jars at the farmer’s market, but they are also becoming popular in regular grocery stores.
Half a slice of homemade bread dotted with green olives propped up against the loaf. Hostess At Heart

Hostess Tips and Tricks

  • Check the expiration date on your yeast. Get fresh yeast if it’s expired or even close to expiring.
  • You would think that all of the olives in the grocery store are pitted. Not the case! Make sure you look for the word “pitted olives”. (Personal experience).
  • Let the bread cool completely before slicing it. It will set up and be easier to slice without crushing it.
  • A Danish dough hook is an excellent investment. A second alternative is a wooden spoon. The dough is really thick, I would not recommend a hand mixer or even a stand-up mixer.
  • Use a microwave to heat your water so that it is the perfect temperature for the yeast. You can check the temperature using an instant-read thermometer. Do not overheat the water, or the yeast will die.
  • If you want a loaf of crusty bread that’s golden brown, brush the top of the dough with an egg wash or melted butter before baking it.
Top down view of slices of green olive bread lying on a cutting board in front of the uncut loaf - Hostess At Heart

If you enjoyed this Easy Olive Bread Recipe I think you’ll enjoy these too!

Homemade bread is such a great way to bring comfort to the table! Try our very popular Cuban Roll recipe, or make a loaf of Homemade Cheese Bread. Mix up a batch of this Cinnamon Raisin Bread, or try our recipe for Homemade Italian Bread Recipe. Learning to make homemade bread is something you will never regret.

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

Top down view of a round loaf of olive bread with the front two slices stacked in front of the loaf - Hostess At Heart

Green Olive Bread Recipe (No Knead)

Author: Julie Menghini
Make our easy green olive bread as an appetizer or with a variety of meals. It’s a no-knead recipe that can made and eaten on the same day.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Rise Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 21 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword: Bread Recipe, Homemade bread, Olive Bread
Servings: 10


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • tsp active dry yeast 1 packet
  • 12.5 oz pitted green olives drained, and quartered. (Think about cutting them to the size of a big chocolate chip. This way they will stay in suspension in the bread and not sink to the bottom when they cook.
  • cups Unbleached All-Purpose flour bleached will also work.
  • tsp salt
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp dried parsley


  • In a 2 cup measuring cup (or glass jar), pour the water and add the yeast. Mix and put aside until the mixture foams, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Drain the olives and cut them in quarters. Take a paper towel to dry them as much as you can. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, measure the flour and add the salt, garlic powder, and dried Parsley. Mix until combined
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture to the olives. Mix to coat the olives with the flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, pour the yeast mixture and add ½ of the flour mixture. Mix using a wooden spoon or a Danish Dough Whisk. *See Notes*
  • Add the olives and the remaining flour mixture. Mix until it is all combined.
  • The dough will be thick and sticky. It is ok.
  • Leave the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and rise in a warm draft-free place for 90 minutes or until the dough has doubled. I like to put mine in the microwave.
  • Once the dough has doubled, transfer it to a floured surface and form the dough into a ball.
  • Put about 2 tablespoons of flour on a cookie sheet and transfer the dough to the cookie sheet, shaping it back into a ball if necessary.
  • Cover with a towel and let it rise in a warm draft-free place for 45 minutes.
  • Start the oven to 425 °F.
  • Once the dough has risen, take a sharp knife and score the bread 3 times on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-43 minutes or until the bread is nice and golden and the internal temperature is approximately 190 °F.
  • Let the bread cool off for 15 minutes before slicing.


*The optimum water temperature should be between 95 to 105 degrees F to activate the yeast. Colder will delay the activation and warmer it will kill the yeast. Either way will result in the bread not rising properly.
*NOTE* The dough is really thick, I would not recommend a hand mixer or even a stand-up mixer.
I know it is tempting but letting the bread cool off and rest will make for a better crumb and less dense.


Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 905mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 140IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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A collage of Images for Pinterest of Green Olive Bread including the full loaf, a slice dotted with chopped olives, and a slice dipping into seasoned olive oil.
Recipe Rating


Friday 3rd of November 2023

This beautiful bread has such a unique flavor, and was a big hit when I served it as part of a Mediterranean themed dinner party. Love your recipes!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

I'm glad you liked this one Eliza and appreciate your support!


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

This was easy to make and full of flavor. I made a tapenade and added it to butter to make an olive compound butter to spread over it. So much flavor.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 1st of November 2023

Thank you, Debi! What an excellent addition to this delicious bread.

Laura Ashley Johnson

Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Sooo yummy! Love this loaf!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Thank you so much, Laura!

Mindy S

Monday 30th of October 2023

Love this no knead bread recipe! I’ve made sandwiches with it, and also served with cheese and cured meats in charcuterie boards.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Thank you, Mindy! I love this one with meat and cheese.


Monday 30th of October 2023

I'm not an olive fan, but our neighbors are and I made this to send over with dinner-- they just had a new baby! Mom texted me and asked me for the recipe right away :)

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Thank you, Lynn! We've got a split family when it comes to olives but I personally love this one.

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