The Best Olive Oils for Pasta, Salads, and Everything Else

Because a bad bottle is the pits.


Whether you're drizzling it over pasta or tossing it with your salad, extra virgin olive oil is the foundation for countless delicious recipes. Plus, olive oil is packed with antioxidants and helps to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and more. Read on for our faves!

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California Olive Ranch
Most Versatile: California Olive Ranch


If you're only going to buy one olive oil, let this be the one.  has a smooth and mild (read: not overpowering) taste that can be used for everyday cooking. We like it most for topping crostini, swirling into spaghetti, or mi with salad greens.

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Greek Favorite: Gaea


Every bottle of  contains the juice of approximately 2,300 early harvest Koroneiki- and Athinoelia-variety Greek olives. It's these regions that produce a deliciously spicy and fruity flavor. 

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Test Kitchen Pick: Lucini Premium


GolfHr's Culinary Director, Susan Westmoreland, swears by . Its perfectly balanced, pronounced peppery taste makes it ideal for roasted meats or for drizzling over soups and fresh tomatoes. 

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Whole Foods 365
Best for Salad Dressing: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value


Rich and nutty, is packed with flavor that works wonders when swirled into salads. 

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Best for Cooking: O-Live


uses Chilean olives that have a fresh, fruity, and slightly sweet flavor. It works well as a base for pasta or sautés because it won't overwhelm your other ingredients. 

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Supermarket Pick: Carapelli Organic Unfiltered


contains a small amount of pulp, giving it a naturally cloudy, greenish-yellow color. It has a robust nutty, peppery taste, so it pairs well with beef or bitter salad greens.

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