Gift in a Jar Appetizer Recipe: Marinated Olive and Cheese Recipe

Holiday gift giving can get overwhelming as your list grows and grows. Find it helpful to have a few gifts on hand. Some homemade gifts like baked breads can be frozen ahead of time. Making  gift in a jar is also another great way to have some gifts on hand. These marinated cheese and olives can serve double duty. They will stay for 2 weeks in the fridge and can be accessible for gift giving or an impromptu appetizer. Everyone loves a gift in a jar, and the gift giver already has their container. A win win.

olives in a bowl

We always have a jar of olives on hand for salads and dinner recipes. You can transform that ordinary jar of olives into something extraordinary will little effort.

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Combine your olives of choice, I am using Kalamata and green olives, and cubed cheese. ( I went with fresh Mozzarella).

mix before marinate

Allow them to marinate overnight and spoon them into individual jars.

marinated olives

Top them off with additional rosemary and Italian Dressing.

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Have some cute tags on hand to add them to a jar for gift giving. Gifts in a jar waiting in your fridge.

marinated olives and cheese

Or dump the marinated olives and cheese appetizer in a decorative bowl with some toothpicks for a quick and delicious appetizer ideas.

edible gifts in a jar

Not a big fan of marinated olives, be sure to check out our easy Baked Olive Cheese Bites

marinated olives and cheese appetizer


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Marinated Olives and Cheese Gift in A Jar

Marinated Olives and Cheese Gift in A Jar

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Marinated Olives and Cheese Gift in A Jar is a simple homemade gift


  • 16 oz block Mozzarella Cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 12-ounce jar Kalamata olives, drained
  • 1/2 12 ounce Jar of Garlic Olives
  • 1 16-ounce bottle of oil & vinegar or Italian salad dressing
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs


  1. In a large bowl, gently combine all ingredients except rosemary. Be sure to include 4 or 5 garlic cloves from the jar.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.
  3. Divide cheese and olive mixture between glass jars (such as pint-sized Mason jars). Place a sprig of rosemary in each jar and pour remaining dressing into jars, dividing evenly.
  4. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks. If gift giving be sure to write on the card : eat before....
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1/2 Cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 503Total Fat 50gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 39gCholesterol 30mgSodium 345mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 9g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

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  1. Cute idea. These type of gifts always work really well for folks like the mailman or bus driver. I think I’ll try them with different peppers for our home since we don’t really eat olives. Love the tag idea too.

  2. Omg what a cute idea!! I know so many people who are olive obsessed that this would be perfect for 🙂

  3. My father and I share a love of olives. I really like olives, but do not cook with or eat them as much as I would like to.

  4. We love serving olives with cheese this time of year! Our favorite kind of olives are stuffed with jalapeños!

  5. This looks so yummy! I would love an edible gift!

  6. Such a great idea! And it is different too. It looks really yummy! LifeAsLex

  7. Hope that you do use this for a gift. Be sure to download the coupon too.

  8. this looks so festive! I know a few people that would LOVE this! 😉

  9. ewwww, I love most veggies but one thing I cannot stand is olives. just the taste, the texture, not sure why just makes me cringe.

  10. My husband loves olives and he would love this. It does make a great gift as well!

  11. I think I would absolutely love this! I can’t wait to make it

  12. This is such a fantastic gift, especially for olive lovers 🙂 I’m inspired!

  13. What an awesome idea. This will be the perfect gift to family and friends who love cheese.

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