A Taste of Europe: Crafting the Perfect Marinated Olives Inspired by Barcelona and Nice

Welcome to another delicious entry on "Artful Adventures"! Today, we're taking a culinary journey inspired by the vibrant cultures of Barcelona and the sun-kissed charm of Nice, France. It all began with a mesmerizing trip to Europe, where my sister and I, after a long day of exploring Barcelona, stumbled upon a quaint bar named La Dorotea. Here, we indulged in a delightful spread of olives, perfectly paired with exquisite wines—a true feast for the senses!

A few days later, while meandering through a French farmers' market in Nice, we discovered aromatic herbs de Provence. This serendipitous find was the final touch needed for what would become a staple in our kitchen: Leslie’s Marinated Olives. This easy, yet impressive recipe is not only a hit at gatherings but also a lovely homage to our European escapades.

Leslie's Marinated Olives: An Easy Appetizer That Will Impress


  • 2 cups whole unpitted olives (a variety of types preferred)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp herbs de Provence
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a bowl with a lid, combine all the olives.
  2. Crush the garlic cloves on top and add them to the bowl.
  3. Stir in the olive oil, herbs de Provence, and black pepper until everything is well blended.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld beautifully.
  5. Give the olives a good shake or stir before serving for the best experience.

For an extra touch of elegance and to elevate your hosting game, serve these marinated olives in our handcrafted hors d'oeuvre bowl, specifically designed to complement any table setting.

And if you'd like to keep this recipe handy or share it with friends, download the printable recipe card here.

From our adventures to your table, enjoy a taste of Europe with every bite!

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