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Lemon and garlic easy marinated olives

December 23, 2011

These olives are one of my favorite things to make as a small appetizer. They are incredibly quick and easy to make, they are far cheaper than buying pre-marinated olives, and they have always received great reviews when I have made them.

If you are looking for a last-minute addition to your holiday appetizer menu, I highly recommend trying these.

Lemon and Garlic Easy Marinated Olives

Lemon and Garlic Easy Marinated Olives

Recipe adapted from my former housemate – thanks Al!


1 tin pitted green (or black) olives, drained

1 tsp olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 to 1 clove garlic (I use 1 clove for two tins of olives)


Combine ingredients in a serving bowl. Stir together. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, and marinate until you are ready to serve them. The longer they marinate, the more flavor the olives soak up. I try to mix them up in the morning if I am going to serve them in the evening and stir them a few times throughout the day. These are also great left-over to snack on or add to salads.

I am looking forward to a fun day visiting friends and then having family arrive for Christmas this evening! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas weekend!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2011 4:39 pm

    I never thought to marinate my own! I am doing this for tomorrow- looks delicious. Thanks 🙂

  2. December 24, 2011 1:44 pm

    mmm- those olives are the perfect appetizer to any party!

  3. joanniejprice permalink
    May 17, 2013 3:23 pm

    I’ve been looking for a marinated olives recipe that’s easy to follow. I wanted to try out making them but was having trouble finding something easier to follow. I think this post might be the ticket! Thanks for posting!

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