Difference between Vegetable Oil and Olive Oil

With all the amazing benefits of olive oil, you may be wondering – How much of Olive Oil should you use in the kitchen? And is it better than vegetable oil?

The secret to cooking any dish is using the right ingredients. This very same concept holds true when it comes to using vegetable oil or olive oil. So, what’s the basic difference between using vegetable oil and olive oil?


The source of vegetable oil is plant seeds or nuts. On the other hand, olive oil (as you can guess from the name) is derived from olives.

Smoke Point

Ever left oil sizzling in the pan for too long and notice it starts emitting smoke? Smoke point is basically the temperature at which oil starts to smoke. The smoke point of vegetable oil is usually between 200 degree Celsius and 250 degree Celsius. While, the smoke point for olive oil is between 190 and 240 degree Celsius.

This means that you can heat vegetable oil for longer without worrying about it smoking.


Generally, vegetable oil has a bland taste or no taste at all. Foods that are drizzled with olive oil always carry a distinctive taste that stands out.

To sum up the difference between using vegetable oil and olive oil:


Vegetable OilOlive Oil
Sources from seeds or nutsSourced from olives
Bland tasteVery distinctive taste


The bigger question when comparing vegetable oil and olive oil is not what’s the difference between the two, rather – What’s the right oil to use for cooking?

Because olive oil has a distinctive taste, it the perfect ingredient to use to add flavor and fragrance to a dish. You can never go wrong when using it on salads and pasta.

Oleev Active like most vegetable oils has a high smoke point, and therefore is the right choice to use when you are deep-frying and stir-frying food.

Wondering which dishes you can make with Oleev Olive Oil? Check out our Continental Recipes section to learn more.