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Green Olive Meyer Lemon Gremolata

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Green Olive Meyer Lemon Gremolata is a fresh and tangy condiment that elevates any slice of meat that it garnishes! This recipe calls for only seven fresh ingredients and can be made in a matter of minutes. Impress everyone with this zesty, flavorful sauce this summer!

A small white bowl is filed with green gremolata.

Food processor recipes are the best. I mean really, is there anything easier than tossing a bunch of ingredients into a food processor, pulsing it, then enjoying it?! I truly don’t know how people ever made dishes like this without a trusty food processor or blender.

So, let’s talk about gremolata.

It’s a fresh condiment that’s most famously served on top of Osso Buco, but I use it with so many other proteins too! Steak, grilled chicken, and salmon are all more delicious when covered with some gremolata.

Usually, gremolata primarily consists of lemon zest, parsley, and garlic. However, I amped up the flavor palate in this recipe by adding some castelvetrano olives!

The olives compliment the savory meat perfectly with its briney zing without taking away from the refreshing flavors of lemon and parsley.

Herbs and lemons are placed next to a white bowl filled with gremolata.


  • Parsley – Use fresh parsley, not dried! It will provide a bright flavor to the gremolata that really can’t be beat.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic, not pre-minced. The goal here is to make this recipe taste as fresh as possible.
  • Meyer lemon – Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, which helps balance out the tart, savory flavor of the olives. You’ll need the juice and zest from just 1 lemon.
  • Castelvetrano olives – These olives are just mild enough to give the gremolata notes of olive without being overly bitter.
  • Salt and pepper – Just a few dashes to taste.
  • Olive oil – Dark, rich extra virgin olive oil is the best!
A wooden spoon is lifting a portion of the green condiment.

How long will green olive meyer lemon gremolata stay fresh?

In an airtight container in the fridge, this gremolata will stay fresh for up to 3 days. However, I always like using it the most when it’s first made and super fresh!

Gremolata is in a bowl next to lemons, herbs, and a wooden spoon.

Do I have to use a meyer lemon?

No, but I highly recommend it. As I said previously, meyer lemons are known for being sweeter than regular lemons, which helps to balance out the other powerful, more tart and bitter flavors in this recipe.

Plus, meyer lemons are available at most grocery stores! You can use any you may have left over to make a seriously good homemade lemonade.

A wooden spoon is dipped into the bowl of gremolata.

Homemade condiments are the best!

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Herbed Tahini Spread

Homemade Chimichurri

Herbed Compound Butter

Homemade Fry Sauce

Green Olive Meyer Lemon Gremolata

This recipe calls for only seven fresh ingredients and can be made in a matter of minutes. Impress everyone with this zesty, flavorful sauce recipe this summer!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.5 cup
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 meyer lemon
  • Zest of half meyer lemon
  • ¼ cup castelvetrano olives
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling

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  • Process all in a food processor. It's okay if you see some bigger pieces of olives as that won't process as finely as the other stuff.


Serving: 0.5 cup | Calories: 116 kcal | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 1053 mg | Potassium: 88 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 1 g

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Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip recipe, homemade sauce
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