Sicilian Marinated Olives


In this easy appetizer recipe, olives are marinated (cunzate) to present as an antipasto. Try this with the plain green olives you buy from a supermarket olive bar. It will bring them to life in a whole new way

Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 cups


  • 1 ½ cups unpitted green olives

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium stalk celery, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 small fresh red or green chile pepper, thinly sliced

  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided

  • 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar

  • teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Sicilian or Greek


  1. Rinse olives in a colander, tossing gently under running water, then dry on a kitchen towel. Transfer to a bowl, add oil and gently toss to coat.

  2. Add celery, garlic, chile, 2 tablespoons parsley and vinegar; toss again. Let the olives stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  3. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and oregano, crumbling the oregano with your fingers to bring out the flavor.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2; cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before finishing with Step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
11g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 148IU 3%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 4mcg 1%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 2mg 0%
Potassium 26mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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