Meyer Lemon and Green Olive Relish


Preparation info

  • Makes

    1 Cup

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Cheese Obsession

Cheese Obsession

By Georgeanne Brennan

Published 2013

  • About

This tangy relish reminds me of a lemony tapenade. I like to serve a dollop of it on top of crackers with thin slices of soft goat cheese, either as an appetizer or as part of a cheese plate. For a hearty bite that emphasizes the buttery flesh of the olives, spoon it on top of Cheddar.


  • 2 Meyer lemons, quartered lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup (3 oz/90 g) pitted green olives
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground white pepper


    Scoop out about half of the pulp from each lemon quarter and discard. Coarsely chop the lemon quarters, then put them in a food processor or blender. Add the shallot, parsley, and olives and pulse several times until minced but not puréed. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the coriander seeds and vinegar. Season with the salt and pepper. For a chunkier relish, chop the olives coarsley by hand and stir them into the minced lemon mixture with the coriander and vinegar.

    Serve at once, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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