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Lemon Marinated Olives

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Lemon Marinated Olives make a nice snack or appetizer at your holiday parties or get togethers. A mixture of olives are marinated in olive oil and lemon juice, fresh herbs and spices to create flavorful olives. 

Lemon Marinated Olives in white bowl

LEMON MARINATED OLIVES 

I am an olive lover. 

Surprisingly enough, I am not the only one who loves olives in my house.

Drew and Jack also have a deep love for olives. Drew is more of the kalamata olive lover and Jack the green olives. 

One of  our favorite things to snack on is a mixture of olives. I love marinated olives even more.

Today’s Lemon Marinated Olives are so easy to throw together and perfect for a holiday party or get together.

They are inspired by our trip to Greece, where of course olives were in abundance. Mike and I wandered through the streets in Greece and often found ourselves stumbling into small shops that sold barrels of olives.

One of my favorite olive mixtures we ate was Lemon Marinated Olives. I knew I had to share something similar with you guys for the holidays.  

Lemon Marinated Olives in Blue Dish

When I make these olives I buy a mixture of kalamata and green olives but you can use whatever olives you prefer. I like to add a variety of other things to my olive mixture, depending on what I have on hand. 

WHAT CAN I ADD TO MY OLIVE MIXTURE?

  • I love adding artichoke hearts to my mixture. I chop mine up pretty small so they don’t stand out too much in the olive mixture. 
  • The lemon juice adds a touch of sweetness to these olives. Sometimes I like to add something a bit spicy to my olives to go with the sweet flavor. Try adding giardiniera, sliced chile peppers or adding crushed red pepper. 

 

  • Chopped roasted red peppers work great in an olive mixture. If you are feeling adventurous try fire roasted. 
  • Chunks of mozzarella or feta also goes great with these marinated olives. 

Lemon Marinated Olives in Small Bowl

Lemon Marinated Olives in white bowl

Lemon Marinated Olives

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Lemon Marinated Olives make a nice snack or appetizer at your holiday parties or get togethers. A mixture of olives are marinated in olive oil and lemon juice, fresh herbs and spices to create flavorful olives.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds olives {your choice what olives you use}
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh fennel seeds, gently crushed
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, lightly cracked
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, lightly cracked
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • Zest of ½ lemon, cut into thin slivers
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in large heavy-duty resealable ziplock plastic bag or a plastic container with a lid.
  2. Shake to blend ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate at least 1 day and up to 3 days, shaking or turning the bag a couple times a day. Transfer olives and some marinade to a small bowl and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature before serving.

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Kathy

Saturday 10th of August 2019

These Lemon-Marinated Olives are a marriage made in Heaven!! Succulent mixed olives with rich extra virgin olive oil & lovely lemon flavor! I have been looking for a good marinated olive recipe since we don't have any Middle Eastern delis or restaurants locally (O'Brien, Northern Florida). I'm sure I've found an Excellent one now that I have yours! Thank you So Much, Julia, for always sharing your delicious recipes with us!! ; D

Julia

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Well thank you! I love the marinated olives too. Glad you enjoyed them.

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