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5 from 8 votes

Marinated Olives and Feta

A super easy marinated olive recipe that makes an excellent appetizer. And if you have leftovers, stir it into pasta - game changer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: marinated olives, olives and feta
Servings: 8 people
Author: Gaby


  • 2 cups pitted castelvetrano olives lightly crushed
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 4-5 sprigs of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 sheets of feta broken into large pieces (about 10 ounces)
  • Grilled bread for serving


  • Place the olives in a bowl with the lemon zest.
  • In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine the olive oil, whole garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes, sliced shallot and thyme. Cook until the garlic starts to sizzle, about 1-2 minutes, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat, add the crushed olives and lemon zest and let steep for 1 hour. Pour oil over the feta at least 20 minutes before serving. (can be combined to marinate for up to 48 hours)
  • Serve with grilled thinly sliced bread for an appetizer