Delicious Greek Recipes from Greenwich Arts Academy

Marinated Greek Olives (Elaía)

Marinated Greek Olives (Elaía)


  • Pitted Kalamata Olives and/or Chalkidiki or other green pitted olives (already in brine)
  • A little water
  • Pure extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Wine Vinegar (just a little)
  • Garlic cloves to taste
  • Fresh lemon
  • Oregano and/or Greek Seasoning



laía are the traditional Greek snack or condiment. They appear everywhere -- Greek Salads, tucked next to your slice of Spanakopita or Pastitsio, served with a hunk of Feta cheese as a stand-alone appetizer.

You'll notice the ingredient amounts are a little vague. That's deliberate. This is a concoction whose best flavor profile is discovered through experimentation. Have fun!

  1. Crush garlic cloves with a wide knife blade, then mince finely
  2. Mix all ingredients except lemon and seasoning in a sealable glass jar.
  3. Add a squeeze of lemon and some shaved lemon rind
  4. Season to taste with oregano and/or Greek Seasoning
  5. Seal jar tightly; marinate 5+ hours
  6. Store in refrigerator
Serves: Depends on the size of the jar!
From Mary Artemis
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