Lemon-Herb Olives with Goat Cheese

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 29, 2022
Greek olives have a fruity flavor that comes into play when you mix them with lemon and fresh herbs. Spoon over goat cheese and slather on crackers. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lemon-Herb Olives with Goat Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup assorted pitted Greek olives
  • 1 package (5.3 ounces) fresh goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • Assorted crackers


  1. In a small skillet, combine the first 5 ingredients; heat over medium heat just until fragrant, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in olives; heat through, allowing flavors to blend. Cool completely.
  2. To serve, place cheese on a serving plate. Stir basil into olive mixture; spoon over cheese. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving (calculated without crackers): 135 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 285mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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