Short Answer: You generally find olives next to the pickles and capers in the grocery store.
They are jarred just like pickles and most stores do not carry fresh olives.
You will generally find olives and pickles in the condiment aisle of your grocery store. So, whatever aisle has mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, etc. will most likely have olives.
Most grocery stores carry olives, but there is usually not a large selection to choose from. Below we will list a few grocery stores and where you can find olives there.
Sprouts Farmers Market
In Sprouts Farmers Market you can find olives next to the capers and other pickled items they carry. Sprouts has a larger selection of pickled items they carry, so once you find this aisle you should be able to locate the olives.
Next to the pickled items will be various condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce and even minced garlic.
In Safeway you can find olives right next to the pickles and capers. If you can’t find these, they are usually in the same aisle as condiments like ranch and barbecue sauce.
Inside King Soopers you can find olives next to the capers and pickles. The aisle that has olives is usually the condiments aisle. So, when shopping look for the word “condiments” on the signs above each aisle.
Common Ways to Use Olives
Below are a few different foods that go well with olives:
- Olive tapenade,
- Tuna, chicken, or crab salad,
- Eggs, omelets, or frittatas, and
Olives are a great addition to many different recipes and dishes. So, if you are a big olive fan there are plenty of ways to mix it up in the kitchen.
What is the Safest Way to Transport Olives from the Store?
Since olives usually come in a glass jar, they are very fragile to transport. To make sure the jar does not break make sure you put them in a stable position where they will not roll around in your car.
You can also put them in a bag with lightweight items, or items that can get banged up a bit. Some of these items could be:
- Coffee grounds,
- Baking mixes,
- Meats, and
How Long Do Olives Last?
Unopened, olives can last one to two years. Once you open them, many different brands say to finish them within a week.
It’s best to check the label of the brand you buy because shelf life can differ between most brands.
Olives are not easy to find in the grocery store, but most stores carry them in their condiment aisle. So, if you can locate the condiment aisle in your local store, you should be able to find the olives.
At The Healthy Patron, we also write about where you can find many other hard to find items in the grocery store. Here are a few more items and where you can find them:
- Minced garlic,
- Vanilla beans,
- Cream of tartar, and