Tossing your favourite olives with fresh basil pesto has to be the easiest party snack idea for entertaining. It’s quick, uses cupboard staples and is always a crowd-pleaser.
I love having a bank of quick, super easy party snack recipes to hand, especially in case of unexpected guests. It doesn’t get much easier than these pesto-marinated olives. Just grab a jar of olives from your cupboard, mix them with some lovely pesto and that’s it, you’re done. Quick, easy and such a delicious combination of flavours.
Serve up with a pile of pita chips, your favourite bread (I love serving them with soft, no-knead focaccia) and a selection of dips, more marinated goodies (marinated feta or marinated mini mozzarella balls are great) and watch your guests devour them.
All you need are three ingredients for this incredibly easy party snack.
- Olives. Use your favourite here – I like a mixture to keep things varied – but my go-to is always Kalamata. I prefer them pitted, but you can use unpitted olives if you like.
- Pesto. You really want to use a good quality, fresh basil pesto if you can, for the best flavour. I love making my own basil pesto – it’s easy and it tastes SO much better than anything storebought.
- Olive oil. This will help to loosen the pesto up, so it can be mixed properly through the olives.
How to make them
It really is as simple as mixing your olives with the pesto and a little olive oil, and then serving them up. So easy, so fast.
Got a question?
For at least one week, stored in a glass jar or a covered container in the fridge.
You can use either, but I personally prefer to use pitted olives. They’re easier to eat and it means the pesto can get right up inside so you get more of the flavour.
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