Lemon Garlic Herb Marinated Olives with Feta

| October 14, 2013 | 46 Comments

Looking for a simple, delicious appetizer? Lemon Garlic Herb Marinated Olives with Feta are quick and easy — but your guests don’t need to know that!

Lemon Garlic Herb Marinated Olives

When you are throwing a party, you want your menu to be unforgettably good — but not so complicated that you stress out the whole time. That’s where having quick and easy recipes for delicious appetizers comes into play. Ones that can be prepared ahead of time are especially good since you can whip them up and just pull them out when it’s time to serve them — totally eliminating the hands-on time come party day.

Totally a good deal, right?

Marinated Olives Ingredients

These Lemon Garlic Herb Marinated Olives with Feta take only 10 minutes to make with simple, fresh ingredients. You can whip them up an hour before the party and let them chill — or better yet, make them the day before. The longer they sit, the deeper the flavors.

Now a hint: go to your local grocery’s olive bar and choose a variety of pitted olives. Make sure they aren’t the already marinated ones though … just the brined olives waiting to be enjoyed. And trust me, you will enjoy these.

Making Lemon Garlic Herb Marinated Olives

A mix of olives is marinated in a little olive oil and lemon juice with herbs, lemon zest and a hint of garlic. Make sure you cut the feta yourself from a block for these — the flavor is so much better when it’s not pre-crumbled.

Then you just chill them until it’s time to serve (another hint: give them about 10 minutes at room temperature before serving).

The marinated olives are perfect for celebrating a very special blogger who is expecting her second child — and who happens to have a thing for lemons.


When I heard about the Virtual Baby Shower for Liz of The Lemon Bowl, I was so happy to join in the fun. She’s expecting her second child (it’s a boy!) and a group of bloggers is celebrating with a fun online shindig in her honor. Are you familiar with Liz’s blog? If not, The Lemon Bowl is a healthy food blog where all the recipe are delicious, seasonal — and healthy too (what a great combination!).

I met Liz earlier this year at Food Blog Forum, but have known her in the online world for longer than that. She’s very inspiring — especially since she successfully shed (and kept off) some serious weight — something I have been trying to do for years.

Best wishes, Liz, for a happy, healthy and easy delivery! Congratulations!!

Now, it wouldn’t be a baby shower without unsolicited advice, right? Well, Liz … my best advice is to enjoy every minute (as I am sure you already do!). I have two kids close in age and they are the best of friends. It’s so amazing to watch them grow and develop their own unique personalities. And that’s my other tidbit: you will be so awed to see how different two little people can be. That’s just the nature of things, I guess.

Hope you enjoy the virtual baby shower today, and click around to see all the great posts celebrating Liz today.




Main Dish


Marinated Olives

Good luck keeping your little appetizer pick out of the bowl.

Lemon Garlic Herb Marinated Olives
Prep time
Total time
Serves: serves 8
  • 2 cups mixed olives (from the olive bar), pitted recommended
  • ⅓ cup diced feta cheese (from block)
  • 1 tbsp finely minced fresh dill
  • 1 tsp finely minced fresh parsley
  • ⅛ tsp garlic granules
  • zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the olives and feta.
  2. Sprinkle with the dill, parsley, garlic granules and lemon zest, and stir again. Then drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
  5. For a deeper flavor, make one day in advance.

Category: Appetizers, Celebrate, Entertaining, Recipes

About the Author ()

Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Wow these olives are gorgeous! So perfect for a shower. I could snack on olives 24-7!

  2. What a nice little appetizer, Sarah! It was a pleasure bringing goodies to the shower with you! :D

  3. Don’t these look divine? What a fun lemon twist for an appetizer!

  4. Amanda says:

    What a fantastic recipe! I would never have thought to add lemon to this, and of course its just perfection. Such beautiful images too! And your line about wanting a show stopping dish but without the stress… YES!!! You nailed it!

  5. Rachel Cooks says:

    Loving all those fresh herbs! Perfection!

  6. I just know Liz would LOVE these olives! And so do I :)

  7. I could eat these all day every day! Olives and me are like BFF’s. what a treat for our dear Liz!

  8. If there is one thing I love as much as lemon it’s olives and feta!! Thank you so much for coming to my shower – I wish we were in person so I could devour these!! And I love your words of advice!!! Means a lot. :) So excited to watch them grow up together!!

  9. sheila says:

    Hokey drool fest! I love everything about this appetizer. I am so making this.

  10. I wish I had a big bowl of these olives right now!! They look like heaven!

  11. Kate says:

    I love marinated feat! And it’s so easy.

  12. LOVE this recipe idea! Thanks for sharing in the shower!

  13. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    These look AMAZING!

  14. Great dish for the party and my favorite part is the unsolicited advice – sooooo true about showers! love it!

  15. Ann says:

    Any recipe with lemon zest and dill is a winner in my book! Stunning photos too. Delish!

  16. All my favorite things in one bowl! Genius!

  17. Gaby says:

    I am going to hang on to this, it is just so perfect for parties!!

  18. Hahaha. Love your comment about the unsolicited advice. :)

    And I love how simple (but impressive) these are!

  19. Deborah says:

    I love how easy these are! And they sound amazing.

  20. katie says:

    OH my… these sound amazing! Perfect for any party!

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