Marinated Olives with Lemon, Thyme & Rosemary

Marinated Olives with Lemon, Thyme & Rosemary

1 Review
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1995

Marinating olives in aromatic herbs and a touch of lemon zest is an ideal way to enhance their flavor. Throughout the Mediterranean, bowls of them are routinely set out as appetizers or as a simple lunch with bread and perhaps some cheese or fruit. While a selection of olives of varying sizes, colors and cures is the most interesting, you can also simply use the one or two kinds most readily available.

Ingredients 16 servings

for serving adjustment
Serving size has been adjusted!
Original recipe yields 16 servings
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
  • 4 cups mixed olives of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary, or 2 tablespoons dried
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of ½ lemon, cut into thin slivers
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into slivers
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • Active

  • Ready In

  1. Combine olives, thyme, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, oil and pepper in a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, stirring several times. Serve with pita or other flatbread or French or Italian bread.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The olives keep, covered and refrigerated, for several weeks.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 162 calories; 15 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 8 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 2 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 770 mg sodium; 6 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3 fat

Reviews 1

December 23, 2009
profile image
By: EatingWell User
A wonderful recipe -- quick, easy and tasty. I often make these for holiday gifts or hostess gifts. I once gave them to someone who had only ever tasted canned olives -- she is now a total olive convert!
More Reviews
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • StumbleUpon
  • YouTube