Marinated Black Olives and Autumn along the Rogue River…

Marinated Black Olives

This year at our Thanksgiving table, one of my responsibilities is to prepare an antipasto platter to share with our family.  My antipasto platters always includes a simple selection yet carefully chosen variety of cheese, salami, olives, vegetables and bread sticks.  Those who have prepared antipasto platters before, know that good ingredients don’t come cheap.  One way to save some money is to instead of purchasing expensive store bought marinated olives, is to marinate the olives yourself!

My Marinated Black Olives is simple to make and what’s so cool about it is that you can make a ridiculously dirt cheap can of black olives taste amazing!  Toss together the ingredients and make a plan to get out of the kitchen.  And while your olives are marinating, go out and visit one of your favorite places for the next couple of hours. Maybe the mall, your favorite park, or hiking trail…

One of my favorite places to visit in Southern Oregon is the Rogue River.  This a section of the Rogue River a few miles outside a tiny little town called Merlin.  This is a view looking downstream above the world famous Hellgate Canyon.

A view of Hellgate Canyon at the top of the hill.  Several Hollywood movies and television shows were filmed in this area. John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn filmed “Rooster Cogburn” in the canyon.  James Arness filmed an episode of “Gunsmoke” here.  Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep filmed scenes from the movie “The River Wild” on the Rogue River below.

A fly fisherman along the bank of the Rogue River at Indian Mary Park.  Abundant quantities of Salmon, Steelhead and Trout are found in the river.

A view up river towards Merlin.  If you ever get the chance to visit Oregon, be sure to stop by our wonderful Rogue River.  It’s so beautiful!

My Marinated Black Olives are ready to serve.  It takes only a few minutes to prepare and about 4 hours minimum to marinate.  If you are patient, the olives taste even better the following day.  These Marinated Black Olives are bargain priced, easy to prepare and most importantly, delicious!  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 – 5.75 ounce can of black olives (drained, I used jumbo)
  • 1/3 cup garlic red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (or to taste)

Mix all ingredients in a non reactive bowl.  Add to pint jar or container. Cover and place in refrigerator.  Keeps up to 3 – 4 days.

20 thoughts on “Marinated Black Olives and Autumn along the Rogue River…

  1. Lasuch w kuchni

    Tessa, beautiful autumnal photos and great way to treat olives. I’m usually too lazy and only take them out from the jar. But next time I will enjoy them marinated :-D

    1. Tessa

      Hey Joanna! Thank you! I don’t think that I will put plain black olives on an antipasto platter ever again :).

  2. Claire

    I’ve never marinated olives before, and reading your recipe and description I’m wondering why on earth not?!
    Fabulous photos, a stunning place to visit

    1. Tessa

      Hi Claire! No kidding… I should have done this years ago and would have saved quite a bit of money. Thank you!

  3. Rowena (Apron and Sneakers)

    So nice to leave the olives marinating while visiting that wonderful place. Would love to be able to do that too! I love marinated loves and it’s one of the musts that I get when I am also preparing different kinds of antipasti. Love the pictures and the recipe!

  4. mjskit

    Lovely pictures of a gorgeous river! I was there once, and it was as beautiful as you show it. Speaking of The River Wild, we did a rafting trip in Alaska some years ago and one of our guides was the stunt double for Meryl Streep in that movie. Loves these olives! I’m doing a little condiment tray for the table and plan to include some marinaded olives. This is a perfect marinade!

    1. Tessa

      Thank you MJ! A rafting trip in Alaska! How cool is that? A trip to Alaska is on my to do list one of these days!

    1. Tessa

      No kidding! I’ve got a delicious bottle of pinot gris that I am thinking would be perfect with this ;).

  5. roberta

    Tessa, you really live in a beautiful place! And those olives are really to try. I love to prepare good stuff by myself and I will try this recipe!

  6. Sissi

    I also prepare my own seasoned olives (I posted them several months ago I think, but the seasoning is different from yours of course ) and I can imagine how your black olives must taste great! Thanks for sharing more wonderful nature photos.

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