22 Olive Quotes by Famous Chefs and Celebrities

Discover delicious olive quotes by famous chefs and celebrities as healthy food preparation tips, as well as decoration, shopping, beauty tips.


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Olive trees, olives, and olive oil are an essential part of my lifestyle. Hvar, my home island in the Adriatic Sea, is famous for its olive groves, delicious olives, and olive oils. I add olives or olive oil to the meals I prepare daily. Also, I apply olive oil on my hair as a nourishing hair mask, on my skin to keep it soft, etc.

So today, on World Olive Tree Day, I selected many olive quotes by famous chefs and celebrities as nourishing food preparation tips, as well as decoration, shopping, beauty tips.


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Food Preparation Ideas with Olives and Olive Oil

“Simplicity in preparation is the Italian way. Make easy dishes, and then you can elaborate the final preparation by decorating with vegetables or herbs or adding a dash of olive oil.” Lidia Bastianich


“A box of spaghetti can take seven minutes to cook, and you can make a sauce at that time with perhaps garlic, olive oil, and zucchini. Then you’ve got yourself a complete meal. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than half an hour.” Lidia Bastianich


“I say to my industrialist friends; when you have guests from out of town, I don’t care how important they are, you should feed them the essence of Italian culture: spaghetti, bread, and olive oil.” Brunello Cucinelli


“The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits and vegetables while low in sodium. It is also enriched with olive oil, high in antioxidants as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.” David Perlmutter


“I stick to a Mediterranean diet with fresh produce and olive oil. On a normal day, my diet is divided into three main meals. I don’t eat any other snacks between meals during the day.” Andrea Pirlo


“If my cuisine were to be defined by just one taste, it would be that of subtle, aromatic, extra-virgin olive oil.” Alain Ducasse


“The combination of olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice lifts the spirits in winter.” Yotam Ottolenghi


“EVOO is extra-virgin olive oil. I first coined ‘EVOO’ on my cooking show because saying ‘extra virgin olive oil’ over and over was wordy, and I’m an impatient girl – that’s why I make 30-minute meals!” Rachael Ray


“I love nuts and popcorn with olive oil and sea salt.” Mary Helen Bowers


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Olives and Olive Oil Are Essential Ingredients of Healthy Eating

“I love eating clean. Like for lunch, I’ll have a wrap with hummus, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers with a little bit of olive oil and pink Himalayan salt.” Camille Kostek


“I use a lot of spices, fresh veggies and fruit, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, avocado, soybeans, and organic ingredients as often as possible. We need fat in our diets and using healthier fats is key.” Todd English


“I’ll cook a batch of brown rice or quinoa and keep it in the fridge, so when I get hungry, I can easily dress it up with olive oil, lemon, and salt, and pepper, and then add veggies.” Marisa Miller


“If I’m doing an olive oil tasting, I would do a very lean bread: an Italian style or pita bread. You want the flavor of the oil to shine; you don’t want the bread or anything else to mask it.” Gil Marks


“When summer squash is freshly picked, all it needs is a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and maybe a hit of lemon juice.” Marcela Valladolid


“My plat de resistance is potato salad with garlic and olive oil which we press from the olives from my trees on the grounds of my home near Saint Remy de Provence. I have four hectares and take the olives down to the local community press at Maussane-les-Alpilles. I don’t produce big quantities; it is just for the family and friends.” Jean Reno


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Beauty Tips with Olive Oil

“I’m half Italian, and on my mom’s side, they’ve aged amazingly, and all they’ve put on their faces is olive oil.” Molly Qerim


“I have facials, and I’ll do microdermabrasion every now and then. But mostly, I eat right – you know, lots of greens – and I drink a lot of water. And I like to use a lot of natural stuff on my face. I don’t like to over-product it. I actually wipe my makeup off with olive oil.” Evan Rachel Wood


“My hair can get quite dry, so I condition it in olive oil once a week.” Jerry Hall


“After exercising, I oil my hair regularly with almond, coconut, olive, and castor oil.” Riya Sen


 “I have a routine to work on my vocals. I always get some honey and some extra virgin olive oil to coat my throat, and I go to bed.” Charles Bradley


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Decorating and Shopping Ideas with Olive Branches and Olive Oil

“The vibe of my wedding is kind of going to be ethereal. Simple and modern, in a way, but with a lot of greenery. So, eucalyptus, olive branches, moss, and candles – it’s going to be very… I want it to feel very comfortable, but obviously sleek.” Sasha Pieterse


“I tend to pack light but still keep a large bag because I love to shop. For each destination I travel to, I like to buy something that the country or city is known for such as olive oil, truffle, jewelry, etc. I also like to buy perfumes because the smell brings me back to the memory of my travels.” Jacqueline MacInnes Wood


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