A bowl of green Spanish olives with lemon wedges, Bread and dip are next to it
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5 from 13 votes

Spanish Olives

Spanish Olives are a really easy side dish that are a must at any tapas dinner party or just to keep in your fridge as a delicious Mediterranean flavoured snack.
Prep Time5 mins
Marinating time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Dannii


  • 300 g pitted green olives
  • 80 ml olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest only)
  • 1 pinch sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds crushed
  • 0.25 tbsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 garlic clove crushed


  • Put the olives in a large bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Put in the fridge for several hours to marinate.



  • You don't have to stick to Spanish flavours. Why not use Mexican or Italian herbs and spices instead.
  • These olives will keep in an air tight jar in the fridge for around 2 weeks.
  • Serve at any tapas dinner party or with a simple grilled chicken or salmon dish.
  • Bulk this dish out a little and transform them by adding some skinned almonds.
  • You can use any olives you like, but we like using big meaty green olives.
  • Try to use the best quality olive oil you can buy, as you really will be able to taste the difference.


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1187mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg