Olives come in all shapes and sizes. Green, purple, black; pitted, stuffed, spiced; Kalamata, Nicoise, Sicilian; and they all have their own unique flavor. They're great on their own -- even more so as a snack alongside an evening cocktail -- but they're also just the thing you need if you're hoping to take your favorite dishes up a notch.

Planning on making fish for dinner? Dress it up with an olive and mint relish. In the mood for pasta? With just some olives and fresh herbs, dinner is served. Being that they're packed full of briny goodness, it's in your best interest to keep some stocked in your fridge (or cupboard) at all times -- so long as they're not canned. You never know when they'll come to your aid and help make your dinner even better.

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