Versatile and full of flavor, Olive Tapenade is a simple, elegant appetizer that comes together in just 10 minutes with no cooking required -perfect for warm summer nights!
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Olive Tapenade is such a tasty spread to have around. Olives are the star here! Make it with your favorite olives, along with briny capers, zesty lemon, fresh herbs and a touch of spicy red pepper flakes.
Serve this with your next cheese board, or mezze platter, or simply with crackers for a delicious, no fuss, appetizer.
This is another recipe that you can play around with and refine to your own preference. Make it spicy or extra garlicky, use all of one type of olive or mix them together (my favorite!), swap out parsley for basil, use this recipe as a template and adjust to your own liking!
This dish holds up well for several days in the fridge. Make up a batch and enhance meals throughout the week!
Ways to use Olive Tapenade
- the perfect accompaniment for the cheese board (cheese + olives = perfect) or mezze platters
- adds a perky zest mixed with pasta dishes
- makes a lively spread on sandwiches
- use as a topping for pizza
Ingredients in Olive Tapenade
- lemon zest
- fresh parsley & rosemary (or sage, or thyme or a little of all three)
- olive oil
- olives (a mix is nice like kalamata, castelvetrano, green olives, black olives)
- chili flakes
- black pepper
- red wine vinegar
How to make Olive Tapenade
STEP ONE– Add garlic, lemon zest, parsley, rosemary and olive oil to food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
STEP TWO- Add about 1/2 of the olives and pulse just a bit to incorporate.
STEP THREE– Add remaining olives, capers, chili flakes, black pepper, red wine vinegar and pulse gently leaving some larger chunks. Be cautious of over blending, we are going for a consistency that is textured not pasty.
That’s it! Quick and easy!
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