Olive Pizza (no-knead)

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Why order out when you can make this stellar olive pizza at home? The crispy crust is topped with mozzarella and juicy olives. It’s so simple yet amazingly good—and one million times better (and cheaper!) than delivery!

Published July 2022/updated April 2024

Top view of a large olive pizza cut into slices.

Are you pizza-obsessed? Me too. There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked pizza, especially when it’s packed with delicious, healthy olives.

With their salty, bright flavor, olives are one of the key ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine. There are many ways to enjoy them, and they can instantly elevate a recipe, such as a quick pasta, simple salad, or moist focaccia.

And they are also the star of the show in this fantastic homemade olive pizza!

For this recipe, you only need good-quality pitted olives, a light and fresh pizza sauce, and, more importantly, this super EASY pizza dough you can make in 1 bowl.

No kneading and no stand mixer are required.

The result is a scrumptious vegetarian pizza with olives that’s hard to resist and perfect for sharing! : )

List of the ingredients

  • Easy no-knead pizza dough (or your favorite pizza dough)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pitted olives (any color)
  • Oregano
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
The ingredients to make this olive pizza are arranged over a white background.

How to make olive pizza

(Note: this is a quick description; the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Start by making this dough (with a video tutorial; it’s a no-brainer).
  • Make this easy, no-cook pizza sauce (it takes minutes!).
  • When the dough is ready, stretch it gently into a rectangular shape.
  • Top with mozzarella, olives, oregano, chili flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Bake until golden and deliciously crispy. Enjoy!
Top view of olive pizza before and after baking.

Recipe Notes

Olive pizza ingredients

Homemade pizza dough: This easy no-knead pizza dough is my go-to recipe any time I make pizza. It’s so easy to whip up in 1 bowl and makes a lovely crispy crust. But feel free to use your favorite homemade or store-bought pizza dough.

Pizza sauce: This super easy pizza sauce is packed with fresh flavor and goes beautifully with any vegetarian topping such as olives.

Olives: For this recipe, it’s important to use good-quality pitted olives. You can use a mix of black olives, Kalamata olives, Spanish green olives, or these delicious marinated spicy olives.

Mozzarella: I prefer using only whole milk mozzarella in water for my pizza recipes, but if you prefer, you can use shredded firm mozzarella as well. If you choose to use mozzarella in water, it’s important to avoid overloading the pizza with it.

Oregano: For a more Mediterranean flavor, it goes perfectly with olives.

Red pepper flakes (chili flakes): For a touch of heat!

close-up of freshly baked pizza with olives with melted mozzarella.

Tips for the best pizza with olives

  • Preheat the oven. A hot oven is so important and gives a burst of initial heat!
  • Bake the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven, close to the heating element. This sweet spot in my oven makes the bottom of my pizza golden and crispy. Use the best position in your oven; each oven is different.
  • Don’t use a rolling pin! Use your fingers to stretch the pizza dough to keep all those nice gas bubbles inside.
  • Bake your pizza on a hot pizza stone or pizza steel. Alternatively, you can use a baking tray (see my tips in the recipe card!) and make sure the pizza stone is inside during preheating so it’s already hot when you bake your pizza. This will avoid a soggy bottom and make the crust crispier.
  • Transfer your pizza to the hot stone using parchment paper and a pizza peel (or the back of a baking sheet). This helps if you use a sticky, high-hydration dough like my easy no-knead dough.
Close-up of a few slices of olive pizza with chili flakes.

More easy 1-bowl pizza recipes?

Check out this collection of 17 veggie pizzas and 25 YUMMY pizza toppings or Focaccia toppings are perfect to inspire you!

Here a few of my favs, I love all of them!

If you make this olive pizza this weekend or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you and get your feedback! x

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Olive Pizza

Why order out when you can make this stellar olive pizza at home? In this classic flavor combination the crispy pizza crust is topped with mozzarella and delicious juicy olives. It's so simple yet amazingly good!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Resting time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian, vegetarian
Keyword: Olive Pizza
Servings: 4
Author: Katia


Pizza dough

  • 1 easy pizza dough (or your fav dough)

Olive pizza topping

  • ½ cup (120 ml) pizza sauce
  • 1 cup (180 grams) fresh mozzarella in water, diced (shredded is ok too)
  • 1 cup (140 grams) pitted olives (any color)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon chili flakes, to taste (optional)
  • ½ Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)


Pizza dough

Olive pizza topping

  • Shape the dough: when the dough is ready follow step 5, place the dough on a parchment paper sheet and starting from the center, gently press it out with your fingers until you get approx a 9×13 inch pizza. Then gently place the dough onto a pizza peel or onto the back of a rimmed baking sheet. 
  • Add the topping: top the pizza evenly with diced mozzarella, olives, oregano, chili flakes if you use it. Finally sprinkle a touch of fine salt on top and a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional).
  • Bake the pizza: make sure the oven is hot and use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, approx 15 minutes. Each oven is different, keep an eye on it (e.g. in a forced fan oven it will take about 8-10 minutes).
  • Serve: allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before serving and drizzle with good-quality extra virgin olive oil, also garlic oil would be nice. Slice and serve immediately.


What to use instead of a pizza stone? Each oven usually has a rimmed baking sheet or a large cookie sheet that you can simply invert it and place on the lowest shelf of your oven before you preheat it. When the baking sheet is right-side up, taking the pizza in and out of the oven will be easier and the preheated baking sheet will make a nice and crisp pizza crust
How to measure flour? I use both US cups and grams. The cups of flour are leveled, which means you have to fill the measuring cup all the way to the top letting the flour flow over a little. Then, use the back of a knife to level the top off. However, a digital scale is an excellent kitchen tool and gives a more correct weight. 
Pizza with olives leftovers: cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator up to 1 day or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat in the oven the frozen pizza leftovers until nice and crispy.

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