Greek-Style Ripe Olives Recipe

Greek olives
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 30 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1194 Calories
76g Fat
138g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 1194
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 76g 97%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7063mg 307%
Total Carbohydrate 138g 50%
Dietary Fiber 29g 104%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 574mg 2,870%
Calcium 304mg 23%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 2051mg 44%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you have an olive tree, try curing your own ripe olives at home. Plan ahead to allow at least 3 weeks brining time for the olives, plus 3 days marination time.


For the Marinade:

  • 1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 2 cups water

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 3 lemon wedges

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, more as needed

Steps to Make It

To Cure the Olives

  1. Gather the ingredients. For this recipe, choose olives that are red to dark red.

  2. Slash each olive deeply on one side using a very sharp knife to reduce bruising. Place olives in a large stoneware, earthenware, glass, or porcelain container.

  3. Make a solution of 4 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1-quart water, and pour enough over the olives to cover; then weight the olives with a piece of wood or a plastic bag filled with water so that all of them are completely submerged. Store in a cool place, changing the solution once a week for three weeks.

  4. If a scum forms on the surface during that time, disregard it until it is time to change the brine; then rinse the olives with fresh water before covering with brine again. The scum is harmless.

  5. At the end of three weeks, taste one of the largest olives. If it is only slightly bitter (these olives should be left with a bit of a tang), pour off the brine and rinse the olives. If the olives are too bitter to be put in the marinade, rebrine and soak for another week; then rinse and marinate. Then marinate them with the proper amount of liquid to cover in a marinade.

To Marinate the Olives

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine white wine vinegar, salted water, oregano, lemon, and garlic. Add cured olives and stir to coat. Float enough​ olive oil to form a 1/4-inch layer on top of the marinating olives.

  3. The olives will be ready to eat after sitting in the marinade for just a few days. Store, still in the marinade, in a cool pantry, or in the refrigerator. If kept too long, the lemon and vinegar flavors will predominate so eat these within a month after they are ready.