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spanish olives

Rosemary-Lemon Spanish Olives with Manchego Cheese

These marinated olives are delicious, nutritious and easy to make. With the cheese, they make a perfect summertime party or picnic nibble.
Course picnic or party food
Cuisine Spanish


  • 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 5 strips lemon zest
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice I have also used lime
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
  • 2 cups Spanish green olives drained from brine
  • 2 ounces of Manchego cheese cubed


  1. Combine rosemary, lemon zest, garlic, peppercorns, lemon juice and oil in a medium sized bowl. Stir until mixed.
  2. Add olives and cheese and toss until coated.
  3. Marinate for at least 3 hours.

Recipe Notes

This combination will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month in a tightly sealed container. Serve at room temperature.