Mixed Olives with Lemon and Rosemary, circa 1970

Lynnda Cloutier


Use a mix of Manzanilla, Kalamata, Sicilian, and Bella Cerignola Rosa olives for a good range of color and texture. Don't add salt, the olives are salty enough.

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2 sprigs fresh rosemary, each 5 inches long
1 1/2 lbs. assorted brined olives
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tbsp. brined capers, not salt cured
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 lb. caper berries, optional
3 cloves garlic, smashed

Directions Step-By-Step

Bruise rosemary sprigs with the bottom of a small metal pan and remove leaves.
Place rosemary, olives, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, red pepper flakes, caper berries and garlic in large nonreactive bowl. Mix thoroughly and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 days before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers