Since The Chef and I have put most of the finishing touches on our new house, we’ve had a few sets of friends over for dinner … and every time, I find myself gravitating to the same pre-meal snack … the antipasto platter. There’s just something about cheese, encased meat, and olives I can’t resist!
I’m going to share my tips for creating the perfect antipasto platter with you in an upcoming post, but today, I’m sharing one of the easiest recipes in the world for one of my favorite components of the antipasto platter … marinated olives!
With just a few ingredients and just a few minutes (minus the marinating time), you can quickly make delicious marinated olives that are the perfect accompaniment to any antipasto platter, and since they can be made ahead of time, you can knock out one of your dinner party prep steps the day before.
Also cool? I usually have all the necessary ingredients on hand to make this dish so it’s a go-to recipe for those times when unexpected guests just drop by. So, come on over, and enjoy some marinated olives at our place!
Easy Marinated Olives
- 2 cups assorted olives
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 6 large cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
1. Drain the olives and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
2. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper in a small-bowl or Mason jar; whisk or shake to thoroughly combine the marinade ingredients.
3. Pour the marinade over the olives, and stir to coat thoroughly.
4. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour, then serve.
Notes: These olives can also be refrigerated overnight; just cover the bowl before placing it in the fridge.
Wanna change things up a bit? You can easily adapt this recipe numerous ways! I suggest the following: 1) Zest the lemon before juicing, and add the zest to the marinade as well. 2) Substitute orange juice (and orange zest) for the lemon. 3) Add in a tablespoon or two of chopped fresh parsley. 4) For a spicy kick, add in a few teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes. 5) If you want to get real fancy, throw in some cubes of feta cheese … it works perfectly here!