Super Bowl Snacks: Warm Tomato and Olive Salad

by Pamela

super bowl snacks, tailgating recipes, tomato and olive salad

It’s that time of year again….The time for everyone who doesn’t care about football, to suddenly pick sides and throw (or attend) a huge party on a Sunday night, which then leads to lots of people calling in sick on Monday…aka The Super Bowl.  Well, if you’re looking for Super Bowl snacks, I’ve got you covered this week.  I’ll be doing snacks and a great party drink recipe on Friday.  The recipe today could not be easier, or more flavorful.


Thank you to Hunt’s for sponsoring this post and encouraging my culinary skills! Visit Hunt’s Signature Recipe Collection to find tons of delicious ideas for using Hunt’s tomatoes in your meals.

Yes, this is a sponsored post.  But since I only use two brands of canned tomato products (Hunt’s being one of them) this was a perfect fit.  I decided to make a warm and spicy tomato and olive salad.  I know that typically ‘salads’ refers to something cold, but it’s soon to be February and the thought of eating cold stuff (aside from guacamole on game day) just seems a bit sacreligious.

Tailgating recipes should be easy, don’t you think?  It doesn’t matter if you’re eating them at home or while sitting on your worst fold up chairs in the middle of the sweltering heat on black asphalt or bundled up like the Michelin man huddled over a portable grill (I’m from Cleveland and have one too many tailgating excursions in the freezing cold, so I know what I’m talking about here).  When I think about tailgating recipes, if it takes me longer to make the snack than it does for me to get ready…I don’t consider that tailgating material.  (This does not include any meat recipes…I’m just talking munchies here.)


The other nice thing about this recipe, as one of your Super Bowl snacks, is the fact that you probably already have all of the basic ingredients in your cupboards already.  The only thing missing might be the pre-made polenta (yes, the stuff in the tube) and a jar of kalamata olives (but I find that a lot of people seem to have a jar of these things tucked away just in case – that just in case time is now).

It takes less than 30 minutes to put together this entire snack and less than 15 minutes to make the warm and spicy tomato olive salad.  You toss a drained can of the Hunt’s tomatoes into a hot pan with a few other ingredients, simmer it until almost all of the juices are gone and you’re ready to go.


For our party’s Super Bowl snacks, I’m topping seasoned and baked polenta rounds with this tomato and olive salad.  But you could serve it in a bowl next to crackers or toasted bread.  The other nice thing about tailgating recipes like this is you can use the leftovers (or just re-make the easy peasy recipe) and turn it into dinner.  The flavors in this warm salad would taste fantastic spooned over some whole wheat pasta, a small drizzle of olive oil and a few shavings of Parmesan cheese.  YAY, a multi-tasker recipe!

Thank you again to Hunt’s for sponsoring my post. Find more ideas for cooking with tomatoes at Hunt’sS ignature Recipe Collection. I was selected for this opportunity by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HuntsRecipe #spon

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Recipe: Super Bowl Snacks: Warm Tomato and Olive Salad


for Tomato and Olive Salad

  • 1 14.5 Ounce Can Hunt’s Tomatoes (drained)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Kalamata Olives (pitted and chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

For Polenta Topping

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For Polenta

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 Tube Pre-Made Plain Polenta (sliced into 20-24 slices)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In a large saute pan add all of the ingredients for the tomato and olive salad. Heat this over medium high heat and stir.
  3. Salad is done when almost all of the juices have disappeared.
  4. Remove from heat.

For Polenta Topping

  1. In a small container, mix all of the seasoning ingredients for the polenta. Make sure to stir it well.
  2. On 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper lay out all of the polenta slices.
  3. Lightly spray tops of polenta rounds with olive oil spray.
  4. Sprinkle the polenta topping seasonings liberally onto the polenta circles.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the polenta circles are slightly dried on the edges and you can pick them up whole.
  6. Remove from oven and top with tomato and olive salad.
  7. Serve.

Quick notes

If you don’t want to use the pre-made polenta, you could make your own polenta squares or serve this on crackers or toasted bread.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: Italian


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Living The Sweet Life February 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Sounds amazing!! I love using polenta as a base, it really opens to door to so many great possibilities 🙂

Liz February 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

What a fabulous appetizer!!! YUMMY!

Maureen February 2, 2012 at 2:28 am

These look delicious!

Lana February 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

I like simple and tasty snacks, too. We don’t watch any games, but we still like to “celebrate” with food (well, husband will be working at his computer, but I can celebrate:)
I still feel a bit guilty when I think of friends and family in Cleveland or in Europe right now and try not to turn on my webcam when I Skype:)
Happy Wednesday!
BTW, am I imagining, or is there something new about your site?

Family Meals and Cooking Tips January 31, 2012 at 5:37 am

I’ve been thinking about what to cook for Super Bowl this weekend and you inspired me to make tomato based snacks like this one. It sure looks amazing and sinfully delicious! A total must-try 😉

myfudo January 31, 2012 at 1:24 am

This is such an interesting post! I love the recipe and it was fun learning new things about the “yawn”….
Keep posting!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' January 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Perfect! I like to serve healthy, lower-calorie snacks to compensate for all the liquid calories we’ll be taking in while the PATS win 🙂

Belinda @zomppa January 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Great snack!! For when the PATS win!!

Jennifer January 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

What a great idea for a Super Bowl snack. I also love Hunts tomatoes and use their canned goods all the time. Can’t wait to see what else you whip up for the big game on Sunday.

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