Creating your own marinades is such a simple way to add an extra dimension to your olives. It’s something you’ll find happening in many Mediterranean kitchens, and this easy recipe is a brilliant - and tasty - example. Classic marinades often use Mediterranean herbs, but this opts for a few traditional marinade ingredients - and some you might not expect too. Chilli and garlic are favourites in marinades, and both are used here. The olives take on these powerful flavours whilst retaining their own aromas too. Using pomegranate molasses (or balsamic vinegar) provides another string flavour that olives are up to enhancing. Mint and almonds may be a little more subtle, but adds new flavour dimensions that you may not have previously considered. The almonds give a delicate crunch too, offering an alternative texture to this tasty side. When it comes to serving it, you can get as creative (or simple) as you like. Marinated olives are, of course, a welcome addition to any sharing platter. But you could also enjoy them with a salad, in a sandwich, or even on the side of grilled chicken or fish.
Recipe by My Foodie Days