7 ingredient Make Ahead Appetizers: Citrus Marinated Olives

Make Ahead Citrus Marinated Olives: an elegant food gift that takes only 10 minutes to create

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Ingredients in Make ahead Citrus Marinated Olives:

  • pitted high quality green olives
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • coriander seeds
  • fresh rosemary
  • lemon
  • Herbs de Provence
a wooden tray of coriander seeds in a glass jar, a ceramic jar of herbs, a lemon and two jars of green olives

Which olives work best in this recipe:

  • Castelvetrano- Italian, crisp, bright green and mildly fruity
  • Gordal- Spanish, Translates into ” The fat one”, from Andalucia. Firm and mild
  • Cerignola Olives- Puglia, Italy, bright green, rich meaty texture
  • Picholine- French in origin, lemony, briny, almond shaped
a wooden tray of coriander seeds in a glass jar, a ceramic jar of herbs, a lemon and a glass bowl  of green olives and a bowl of olive oil

Equipment needed for make ahead citrus marinated olives:

  • Air tight jars- such as Kilner
  • lemon peeler
  • a mason jar and a large glass swing top bottle

Look for lovely jars such as Kilner or Le Parfait at the local hardware store or use mason jars found at the grocery store.

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Ideas for thoughtful food gifts:

Typically, I would bake my Pumpkin Bread or make jars of jams or cranberry relish, but with all the baking we’ve been doing these past few months, I thought something a little lighter in the carb department would be appreciated. So- I’m sharing how to make my Citrus Marinated Olives. They are healthy, gorgeous and it take only a few minutes to whip up several jars. It is an especially thoughtful gift for the host or hostess in your life. Having a jar of these on hand during the holidays, summer months or anytime makes for easy entertaining.

Other olive recipes to try:

a wooden board with a lemon, herbs and a bowl of green olives and olive oil

7 ingredient Make Ahead Appetizers: Citrus Marinated Olives

an easy gift or appetizer idea using green olives, fresh herbs, bright citrus and piquant olive oil
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Course: Florida Kitchen, Gluten Free, Healthy, Side Show
Cuisine: American
Keyword: marinated olives
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 112kcal


  • 1 glass jar 8 oz air tight jar such as Kilner


  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 slice lemon peel
  • 1 large lemon , sliced very thin
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp dried Herbs de Provence
  • 1 sprig rosemary , fresh, washed


  • In a fine mesh strainer, rinse the olives well and pat dry
  • Fill your jar with the olives, tuck in the rosemary sprig, a few slices of lemon and the lemon peel. Sprinkle in the coriander seeds and the Herbs de Provence. Cover all the ingredients with the olive oil.
  • Seal jar well. Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. The olives are best when served at room temperature so the oil can liquify. Olive oil will congeal and become cloudy when chilled. This is normal.
  • An hour before serving, remove from the fridge to let the oil come to room temp.


  • This makes 1- 8 oz jar of olives
  • Do not use plastic containers to store this recipe. Other flavors from the plastic may seep into the oil.
  • Use the highest quality olive oil you can find.
  • After you have enjoyed the olives, use the oil for salad dressings or cooking.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.9g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 12.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9.1g | Sodium: 350.3mg | Potassium: 10.7mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1.4mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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