Fennel-Citrus Olives

Olives are such a great snack!

My love for olives started when I met John. I did not like them before; I actually hated them and thought they ruined everything they touched. So overpowering! I still don’t like super salty or strong-tasting olives. But I do love the mild-tasting ones. Especially when paired with other flavors. And I have to say this combination is one of my favorites! The sweetness from the oranges, the delicate tartness from the lemons and the oh-so-delicious fennel seeds get along INCREDIBLY GOOD in this little recipe. Just 5 ingredients! Simple, yet so YUMMY.


Looking for a way to take olives to the next level? This might be it! Enjoy them as a tasty snack or surprise your guests with this effortless (yet fancy-looking) appetizer.


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Fennel-Citrus Olives

Delicious, citrusy olives. This dreamy appetizer/snack comes together in just 5 minutes. Did I say it’s healthy, too?
Servings 1 ½ Cup


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp finely grated orange zest, tightly packed
  • ¼ tsp finely grated lemon zest, tightly packed
  • 1 ½ cup olives


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add fennel seeds and stir for about 1 or 2 minutes, until fragrant and slightly toasted. Be careful not to burn them!
  • Add orange and lemon zest and keep stirring for another minute.
  • Turn off the heat and add the olives (carefully, the oil is hot and it can splatter). Give it a good stir.
  • Let them cool at room temperature and serve. If you store them in the fridge, the olive oil will solidify; so make sure you take them out a couple of minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!



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