Marinated Olives with Lemon, Thyme & Rosemary
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.
From EatingWell: March/April 1995
Yield: 16 servings, about 1/4 cup each
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes plus marinating time
- 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 1/2 lemon, cut into thin slivers
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into slivers
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 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: Cover and refrigerate for several weeks.
Nutrition Per 1/4 cup serving:
162 calories; 15 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 770 mg sodium; 6 mg potassium.
1/2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 3 fat