Citrus Marinated Olives
"take your regular jarred olives up a notch with only a handful of ingredients. these citrus marinated olives are the easiest and tastiest small dish you can make. serve over feta with crusty bread or crackers and your favorite spirit."
-- @olivesnthyme
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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 8mins
Serves or Makes: 4 small sides


  • 8 ounces assorted olives, with pits
  • 3/ 4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 lemon, and/or orange peels
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes, optional
  • 2 sprigs sprigs thyme, optional
  • 6 ounces feta or vegan feta, (in the brine), for serving


  • Step 1

    Gently smash the olives. Combine olives, garlic, olive oil, citrus peels, and chili flakes or thyme in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium heat for 7-8 minutes or until the edges of the garlic are golden. Olive mixture should also be very aromatic. Remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Coarsely break feta into small-medium size chunks. Place feta chunks in a serving bowl. Pour slightly cooled marinated olives over the feta. If less oil is desired, use a slotted spoon to do this. Serve with crusty bread or crackers and your preferred spirit.