If you love cilantro, you'll love these olives. And... start them a week ahead to marinate. They really perk up a relish tray, and are delicious in salad. This is a recipe where you can tweak it to your liking a bit; let me add that a little extra lemon juice doesn't hurt a bit...! Prep time includes allowing olives to sit overnight to "un-brine"; and another week to mellow.
- Drain olives then place in a glass bowl of cold water overnight in the refrigerator to remove excess brine.
- The next day, drain olives well and combine with the cilantro, parsley, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, olive oil and lemon juice.
- Allow olives to marinate in the fridge for at least a week, stirring occasionally to distribute flavors.
Oh my goodness, these are so good I haven't been able to keep my grubby little hands off them and they've only been marinating for two days! I used olives that we brined ourselves (bought fresh at a turkish grocery). I had been waiting for the "killer" recipe to do the whole batch and this is it. Thank you so much for my dream olives!
I'd rate this 10 stars if I could! If you love fresh cilantro (a.k.a. corriander)and you love olives then THIS recipe is for you :) My best advice: hide an extra refriderator somewhere in your house and double, even trebble or quadruple this recipe.