The Easiest Marinated Olives (with Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon)

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The easiest Marinated Olives recipe! A delicious blend of Italian & Greek olives marinated in olive oil infused with fresh herbs, lemon & plenty of garlic. These Italian marinated olives are perfect for everyday snacking, holiday entertaining, all of your charcuterie & cheese board needs, or to offer as a showstopping hostess gift. With just 7 simple ingredients & 10 minutes of prep, making marinated olives at home couldn’t be easier!

Homemade marinated olives served in a white dish with scalloped edges. The bowl is atop a white surface, surrounded by fresh rosemary, lemon peel, & a small wooden bowl with red chili flakes.

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My love for olives knows no end. Seriously.

Despite having the pickiest palate as a kid, the one thing my mom could always count on me eating (other than boxed mac & cheese, of course) was olives. Kinda bizarre, right? Olives aren’t necessarily the first thing you think of when you think of picky kid-friendly foods. But, MAN, I loved ’em.

Still do, in fact! You can always find a jar of olives (or 2!) in my fridge. I put them on salads, I put them in bowls, I put them on pizzas, I put them on cheese boards, I put them in vodka…seriously, you name it, & I’ll probably eat olives with it.

But one of my all-time favorite ways to enjoy olives? Simple: straight out of a big ol’ bowl, after they’ve been marinated with tons of herbs & garlic.

Homemade marinated olives served in a white dish with scalloped edges. The bowl is atop a white surface, surrounded by fresh rosemary, lemon peel, a small wooden bowl with red chili flakes, & a few glasses of red wine. A woman's hands are reaching into the photo, holding the bowl of olives.

& guess what! Enjoying marinated olives doesn’t have to be the kind of thing that only happens when you go to your favorite Italian restaurant or when you just so happen to grab some from the olive bar at your grocery store. Making marinated olives at home is seriously easy, seriously quick, & seriously delicious (of course!).

All you have to do is layer your favorite olives in a jar with some flavorful aromatics (this recipe calls for just 5), then pop them in the fridge to infuse for a few days. After the olives do their thing for a couple of days, you’re in for such a treat: citrusy, herby, garlicky goodness.

Marinated olives in a jar, topped with chili flake, lemon rind & fresh rosemary.

(& I mean…does it get better than that?!)

Best olives to use for homemade marinated olives:

Since they’re pretty much the star of the show, it’s important to use the best quality olives you can find when you make homemade marinated olives.

When it comes to anything having to do with olives, I turn to my friends at DeLallo: DeLallo has the best olives! They’re super fresh, super meaty & substantial, & can be delivered straight to your door – gotta love that convenience!

DeLallo calamata olives & gigante olives in a strainer, next to their packaging.

For this marinated olives recipe, I chose:

  • DeLallo Gigante Olives, DeLallo’s signature green Sevillano olives. They’re meaty, & have the most gorgeous buttery flavor & texture.
  • DeLallo Colossal Calamata Olives, the famous Greek olives we all know & love. These taste slightly tart & have a nice, soft texture. So good!

Italian marinated olives ingredients:

Italian marinated olives aromatics arranged on a white surface: garlic, lemon rind, fresh herbs, bay leaf.

Aside from olives, of course, this easy marinated olives recipe calls for 6 really simple ingredients (Note: the full Ingredients List, including measurements, is provided in the Recipe Card, below):

  • garlic
  • lemon
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh thyme
  • bay leaf
  • & olive oil

This combination of citrus, fresh herbs & garlic is my absolute favorite, though the beauty of this recipe is that it’s pretty flexible. You could swap out the fresh herbs with dried, the lemon with orange, scale back on garlic, etc. There’s lots of room to play with things & really make them your own.

How to make marinated olives at home:

The glorious thing about this marinated olives recipe? It’s SO easy, & you only need 10 minutes (tops!). Here’s what you’ll do (Note: the full Recipe Directions, including storage instructions, is provided in the Recipe Card, below):

  1. Grab a jar or any other airtight container with 16-ounce capacity.
  2. Build some layers: Add in some olives, then layer them with the fresh herbs, garlic & lemon. Repeat until you reach the top of your jar.
  3. Stream in some olive oil, slowly & carefully to avoid overflows, until all of the olives are submerged.
  4. Marinate: Seal the container & set it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 48 hours, or up to 1 week, before enjoying.

How to use marinated olives:

The other glorious thing about this marinated olives recipe? You can use them for just about anything…

  • for satisfying everyday snacking
  • as the perfect easy party appetizer
  • to take any charcuterie or cheese board to the next level
  • or as an amazing hostess gift (& it’s really a 2-in-1 gift since they can enjoy the olives & use the garlicky herb-infused oil for cooking!)
A jar of marinated olives with a big red bow tied around it as a hostess gift.

Have your hand at making marinated olives at home this holiday season – it’s SO easy, & I know you’ll love them!

If you do make them, be sure to leave a comment with a star rating below – I love hearing from you! You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. One of my absolute favorite things is seeing your pwwb creations!!!

Homemade marinated olives served in a white dish with scalloped edges. The bowl is atop a copper wire rack on a white surface, surrounded by fresh rosemary, lemon peel, a small wooden bowl with red chili flakes, & a couple glasses of red wine.
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Marinated olives in a jar, topped with chili flake, lemon rind & fresh rosemary.

Easy Marinated Olives with Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon

  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 hours
  • Yield: 1 pound 1x
  • Category: appetizer recipes, snack recipes, food gifts
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

A delicious blend of Italian & Greek olives marinates in olive oil infused with fresh herbs, lemon & plenty of garlic. Making marinated olives at home couldn’t be easier, and they’re perfect for everyday snacking, holiday entertaining, all of your charcuterie & cheese board needs, or to offer as a showstopping hostess gift. 


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Assemble: Layer the olives, garlic, herbs, bay leaf, lemon rind, & chili flake in a 16-ounce jar (or 16-ounce airtight container of choice). Slowly pour the olive oil over top, just until the olives are submerged. Depending on the size of your olives, you may or may not need the full cup of olive oil.
  2. Marinate the olives: Set the sealed jar in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours, or up to 1 week.
  3. Serve: 2 hours before serving, remove the olives from the refrigerator to bring them to room temperature. Transfer to your favorite serving bowl. Enjoy them on their own, or serve along with crackers, charcuterie, or on a holiday cheese board. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage: Store the marinated olives in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. 

Keywords: no-cook, vegan, vegetarian, healthy recipes, gluten-free, 10 ingredient recipes, Christmas recipes, food gifts

More Easy Holiday Snacks & Appetizers…

If you love this Easy Marinated Olives recipe, here are a few more simple snacks & appetizer recipes to try this holiday season!

Homemade marinated olives served in a white dish with scalloped edges. The bowl is atop a copper wire rack on a white surface, surrounded by fresh rosemary, lemon peel, a small wooden bowl with red chili flakes, & a couple glasses of red wine.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 6.4.20
    Genevieve said:

    I can’t wait to make your marinated olives! Is there any reason you couldn’t throw in some feta cheese chunks?

    • 6.4.20
      jess said:

      Hey Genevieve – Feta would be delish! Be sure to store your olives & feta in the fridge so nothing spoils. Let me know if you try!!