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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1995


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5 mins


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  • 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 Facts

1/4 cup
162 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 5.9g; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 0.1g; fat 14.5g; saturated fat 2.3g; vitamin a iu 7.5IU; vitamin c 1.2mg; folate 0.5mcg; calcium 2.2mg; magnesium 0.6mg; potassium 6.4mg; sodium 770.2mg.

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