Marinated Olives with Walnuts (Zeytoon Parvardeh)

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Marinated olives made Persian style! Try delicious olives marinated with walnuts, pomegranate molasses and herbs – a fantastic combination that is full of flavor!

Marinated olives made Persian style with walnuts and pomegranate molasses.


Olives are a big part of my food life, I simply cannot imagine a day goes by without me munching on a dozen olives, especially if I have these exceptionally delicious olives in my fridge!

Can we please take a moment and talk about my obsession with pomegranates and walnuts? From Fesenjan and pomegranate chicken to pomegranate guacamole and walnut pomegranate cheese ball to stuffed fish with pomegranates and walnuts, my love for this unique combo is something I can’t deny. It’s the ultimate ingredient combo!

The recipe I’m showing you today represents two members of Team Good Fat: walnuts and extra virgin olive oil, both containing fat that is good for your body and are also very delicious! We try to use good fats in different recipes as much as possible because they help our bodies function better and make us feel so much better!

These Persian marinated olives, called Zeytoon Parvardeh, are another creation based on my favorite flavor combination. They’re a tasty twist on the usual marinated olives. They are tangy because of pomegranate molasses, nutty thanks to walnuts, and absolutely addictive. They are originally from the northern part of Iran, particularly Guilan province, and are usually made with Choochagh, a local herb that’s only found in northern Iran. Here in the US, the closest herb to that would be mint.

What makes this marinated olives recipe different than others?

The ingredients used in making these Persian style olives are what makes this recipe unique. the acidity of pomegranate molasses mixed with mint and infused into olives makes a great combo that is completed by the use of walnuts which bring creaminess and a subtle balance of flavor to the recipe.

To make marinated olives. you need olives, walnuts, pomegranate molasses, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and mint.

How to make marinated olives with walnuts?

Start with olives. Green olives are best for this recipe. Place them in a bowl and add walnuts, chopped mint, garlic and walnuts to it. Next, add in pomegranate molasses and olive oil. Using a spoon, mix all the ingredients well until they’re fully combined. It’s important to refrigerate these for at least an hour before serving. However, I suggest refrigerating for one or two days so the flavors are fully infused and combined.

To make these marinated olives, mix all the ingredients, pour pomegranate molasses into the bowl and mix well.

Notes and tips to make this Recipe:

  • This Persian spicy marinated olives recipe with walnuts and pomegranates calls for green olives. Depending on the size of the olives, you can either use them whole or chopped. 
  • Walnuts can be used chopped or ground in this recipe. Traditionally, walnuts are ground and mixed with garlic, salt, mint, pomegranate molasses and olive oil to form a paste, then mixed with olives.
  • The more these olives stay in the fridge, the tastier they get.
  • If you’re a big garlic fan, add more than seven cloves to this recipe.
  • Serve marinated olives with barbecue, grilled meat, rice dishes or even sandwiches.
Let the marinated olives chill in the fridge for at least a night.

These marinated olives are so dear to my heart that we used to have them every time we visited northern Iran, my dad would stop at this row of olive shops and we would go inside every shop, try their Zeytoon Parvardeh and buy some. We would literally buy them from every shop because each of them had their own personal addition that would make their recipe special and unique. Now here in America, far away from where these marinated olives where first born, I’m making my very own zeytoon parvardeh with walnuts that are just as good as the ones we used to have on the road. I’m so thankful that my food memory is strong enough to recreate flavors of years ago.

I hope you give this classic Persian recipe a try and enjoy it!

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Unicorns in the Kitchen.

Serve marinated olives as an appetizer or side dish with different rice dishes.

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Marinated Olives with Walnuts

Marinated Olives made Persian style! Delicious olives marinated with walnuts, pomegranate molasses and herbs make a fantastic combination that is full of flavor!
Prep: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
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  • 2 cups Green Olives, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 cup Fresh Mint
  • 2/3 cup Pomegranate Molasses
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin


  • Place the walnuts in a food processor and blend until finely chopped.
  • Add in the garlic, mint and pomegranate molasses followed by salt and olive oil. Blend until a paste forms.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add in the olives and stir to combine. Make sure all the olives are well coated with the walnut mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.



Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Shadi HasanzadeNemati

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  1. recipe looks good but any thoughts on how to extend its shelf life,say upto two months .. awaiting your reply.thank you

  2. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! I love Persian cuisine, but have never had these, and they are delightful! I bought some Frescatrano green pitted olives through Misfits Market, and knew I had to use them for this recipe. If you don’t mind me asking, what brand do you use? There are many types of green olives available. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Bethany, I usually use the pitted and jarred olives in brine. If they are stuffed with peppers, I usually let them be, but you can also take it out.