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Marinated olives in a bowl

Citrus-Marinated Olives

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour to marinate
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Marinate
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


These citrus-marinated olives are an easy way to dress-up store-bought olives with chopped oranges and their zest, red chilies, fresh rosemary and spices.


  • 1 navel orange
  • 11/2 cups mixed olives, drained (34 types such as Kalamata, Castelvetrano, Liguiria, Picholine, Nicoise and Cerignola)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 red chili, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the orange. Then slice off the white pith. Cut out the orange segments and dice them. Place the oranges and zest in a large bowl.
  2. Combine the olives, olive oil, red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and rosemary with the oranges. Gently stir the mixture to combine.
  3. Marinate for 1 hour  at room temperature before serving.


The olives can be made up to 2 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Let the olives come to room temperature and the olive oil liquify again as needed before serving.

Keywords: Marinated olives, olive recipes