Olives Marinated with Herbs, Garlic and Preserved Lemon

Olives Marinated with Herbs, Garlic and Preserved Lemon

These herby olives make a flavorful accompaniment to cocktails.  The fresh flavors of lemon and green herbs perfectly complement the brininess of the olives.  Truly a match made in heaven!

The holiday season is as exciting as it can be stressful.  The calendar year is winding down at work.  So, the office is inevitably super busy.  Then, there are the numerous end of year activities at school.

And, finally, we attend (and give) endless rounds of holiday parties.  As lovely as the festivities are, they can be exhausting.  Hence, it’s easy to drop the ball on a thing or two.

That’s where easy, flavorful dishes like this one can be a lifesaver.  The prep involved takes under 15 minutes and the bulk of the “work” happens in the fridge.

These gorgeous green olives are a real palate pleaser.  Better yet, this is a starter that looks a lot more complicated than it is.  So, if you’re a novice in the kitchen, but looking to impress, this is a perfect dish for you.

If you forgot to make a batch of zesty preserved lemons, don’t worry.  You can always pick up preserved lemons at the store or order a jar online.

These olives would make a stunning hostess gift.  They’re also easy to carry along to a potluck.  Or, you can do what I do and pull them out of the fridge when friends drop by for happy hour.  Either way, you’ll be glad to have this recipe in your holiday repertoire.

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The Recipe

In simple recipes, like this one, the quality of the original ingredients is critical.  So, please opt for the best quality brined green olives you can find.  Standard supermarket olives just aren’t good enough.  Here in South Africa there are plenty of outstanding olives on offer.  Look no further than your local specialty shop or farmer’s market.

I’ve chosen to keep my seasoning pretty Mediterranean with a blend of fresh mint leaves and flat-leaf parsley.  However, this recipe invites creativity.  Please feel free to experiment with the flavors and create your own house specialty.  Bon appétit!


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