Jun 30

Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe


Surprise your family or guests with these fun vegetarian olive and pesto pizza roll-ups. They’re great for snacking! Thank you to California Ripe Olives and Kitchen PLAY for helping me to share this recipe with you.
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I’m convinced that I should have been born a Spaniard, for the sole purpose of being able to eat tapas. Little tastes and bites with all sorts of different flavors. Well, and the sangria is a draw, too. A country of snackers…now that’s my kind of country!

I have no qualms admitting that we are a family of snackers. While we always have our three square meals a day, I would toss out the routine of those three meals in a flash if it meant that I could just graze all day long.

Our kitchen is filled with snacks of all kinds…vegetables, hummus, cheese, crackers, apples…the list goes on. One thing that we always have on hand is olives, both green and black. It’s good to know that they have a shelf life of 36 to 48 months, but that’s not even a relevant fact in our house since the cans are always opened within a week or two of being purchased.

Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe | cookincanuck.com

Half of the olives are consumed straight from the can, preferably off the ends of our fingers (really, is there a better way to eat olives?!), but they are also fantastic in wrap sandwiches, on pizzas and in pasta dishes.

Ninety-five percent of the olives in the U.S. are produced in California, by more than 1000 multigenerational family farms. Does that mean that it would be our stately duty to eat olives all day long if we moved to California?

It would be a tough job, but someone would have to do it.

Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe | cookincanuck.com

I’m always trying to dream up new snacking recipes to surprise my kids with during the long summer days (or for after school snacks) and these pizza roll-ups hit the mark. Okay, they’re not exactly “pizza”, but the flavors reminded me of my favorite combination of pizza flavors.

Humor me.

First of all, my kids would eat pesto on anything I put in front of them (who can blame them?!), and they love olives as much as they love sushi. That’s saying something, believe me!

Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe | cookincanuck.com

Just mix your favorite store-bought basil pesto into softened cream cheese and spread it on whole wheat tortillas, then layered on a mixture of California black olives, red bell peppers, tomatoes and spinach. All you have to do is roll and slice to form perfect little snack bites for you and the kids.

Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe | cookincanuck.com

If you are looking for more recipes California olive recipes, check out my Olives & More Olives Pinterest board. Really, can you ever have enough olive recipes?!

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Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe
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Calories 42.1/ Total Fat 3.4g / Saturated Fat 1.1g / Cholesterol 4.3mg / Sodium 92.7mg / Total Carbohydrates 1.6g / Fiber 0.3g / Sugars 0.5g / Protein 1.7g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 1
Serves: Makes 24 pieces
  • 1 cup California pitted black olives
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 Roma tomatoes, seeded & cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 4 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  1. Place the black olives, red bell pepper, tomato, Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until chopped, but not pureed.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and basil pesto. Smash with the back of a fork until combined.
  3. Spread 1 ½ tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on each tortilla. Divide the olive mixture (draining off some of the extra liquid) and spinach evenly between the tortillas.
  4. Roll up each tortilla. Cut the ends off of each roll (discard or snack on the ends) and cut each roll into 6 pieces. Serve.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 pieces Calories: 42 cal Fat: Total Fat 3.4g / Saturated Fat 1.1g

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1 Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens June 30, 2014 at 6:31 am

I totally agree with you about tapas and snacking! I love little bites! Really – that’s the perfect way to keep your energy up all through the day … well, as long as those little bites are HEALTHY, like these awesome roll-ups! So pretty, and so quick and easy! Love these! 😀


2 Ali | Gimme Some Oven June 30, 2014 at 6:36 am

Such a fun idea! Love the idea of using the olive tapenade.


3 Tieghan June 30, 2014 at 7:13 am

Love this idea!! Olives are addicting to me, so I this is so my kind of lunch!


4 Teri K June 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

Sounds delicious. Please add me to your olive board on Pinterest!


5 Dara June 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Done! Thanks, Teri.


6 melissa @ my whole food life June 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

My husband is obsessed with olives. I am going to share this recipe with him.


7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Oh man, this is just the potluck-type recipe I was looking for! Yum!


8 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I absolutely love olives. This pizza roll up has my name written all over it.


9 Rachel Cooks June 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

These are so fun! Definitely a good switch up from the ham-cream-cheese-pickle rolls.


10 Melodye Whalin June 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Please add me to your Olives and More Olives Pinterest board. Thanks, Melodye Whalin


11 Dara June 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Done! Thanks, Melodye.


12 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 30, 2014 at 6:10 pm

This is genius!! I am drooling!


13 Danae @ Recipe Runner June 30, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I love olives, which is funny because when I was a kid I hated them. These pesto olive roll ups would make such a great appetizer or snack, love it!


14 Allison July 1, 2014 at 6:30 am

I think I have a little Spaniard in my blood too, because snacks for me, are essential! And these look absolutely amazing. I love those inky black olives too -so gorgeous.


15 Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

Love this recipe. So so so fun!!! Pinned 😉


16 Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I am an olive nut. I buy them by the half case at Costco. Wraps are such a nice change of pace from sandwiches. Plus cut in small pieces this makes a fun appetizer too.


17 Kate @ Diethood July 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

What a fantastic idea! I would love to serve this at our next gathering – not sure if they’ll make it into the hands of our guests… I’m known to eat delicious apps as meals. :-)


18 Karen D July 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

Please add karengdel to your board. Thanks!


19 Sarah @ SnixyKitchen July 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Yum – I don’t have kids, but I’m definitely copying this! I’m in California and trying my hardest to eat ALL THE OLIVES. My great grandpa used to grow and cure olives when he was around – we’d always have the best olives at all our family gatherings.

Can’t wait to see you in strawberry land! xo.


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