Homemade Olive Tapenade

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Homemade Olive Tapenade recipe will be your go-to recipe for any gathering.  Use it to spread on your favorite sandwich, as a dip or a sauce for pasta.  

“My days are jam-packed with carpools, classroom assistance, tending to chickens, dogs and seven acres of olive trees!” Carre Otis 

This Olive Tapenade recipe is vegan and is made without the anchovies.  There are lots of different ways to make olive tapenade.  Adjust the ingredients until you find the right combination to fit your family’s tastes. 

What is Olive Tapenade?  

It’s an amazing spread or dip made of olives, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, capers and spices.  

I wish I could give credit to whoever I got this recipe from, but I’ve had it forever and I have no idea.  It’s one of those recipes that stands the test of time!  

This is the base recipe I use. I do change it up, depending on what type of flavor I’m craving. One of my favorite ways to spice it up is to add a sprinkling of red pepper flakes to the recipe.

The recipe I’ve featured is a black olive tapenade recipe.  I used kalamata olives to make the recipe.  

Because I love kalamata olives so much, I buy my olives at Costco because they have those giant jars full of those amazing jewels!  I also use kalamata olives in salads, pasta, and scrambled eggs.  

If you’re looking for a green olive tapenade recipe, simply switch out the black olives for green olives and you’re ready to go.  

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Here’s how you make the Homemade Olive Tapenade recipe:  

1 cup pitted black or green olives (or you can mix 1/2 and 1/2 together) 

2 tablespoons drained capers 

4 teaspoons olive oil 

2 teaspoons lemon juice 

1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or parsley, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1 teaspoon crushed garlic (approximately 2 cloves) 

Dash black pepper 

Place all the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the S blade.  

Process until smooth, occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl.  

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  

(See below to print out a copy of the recipe.) 

Vegan Olive Tapenade

How long does Homemade Olive Tapenade last?  

It will keep for five days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  

Homemade Olive Tapenade uses:  

1) Add it to the top of a bagel and cream cheese.  

2) Use it for a spread on sandwiches. 

3) Spread it on crostini, pita chips, or crackers.  

4) Add a few spoonfuls to a Greek salad.  

5) Showcase it on a Charcuterie Board. 

Related Post: Easy Charcuterie Board Ideas 

Tapenade Charcuterie Board

6) A dip for Crudites. 

7) Add a spoonful to egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad or chicken salad to jazz it up a bit.  

8) To make compound butter.  

9) Pizza garnish.  Sounds crazy, but it’s delicious!  

Yield: 1/2 cup

Homemade Olive Tapenade

Homemade Olive Tapenade
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup pitted black or green olives (or a mixture of both)
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or parsley, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash of black pepper


Place all the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the S blade. 

Process until smooth, occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl. 

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 

Tips for making Homemade Olive Tapenade:

1) If you don’t have a food processor, use can use a mortar and pestle.  You could also use a blender if you do slow pulse and scrape down the sides of the blender.

2) Adjust the recipe to your tastes.   

Tapenade on Crostini

Where did Olive Tapenade originate from?  

There’s a little debate on this one, a few sources say the south of France and others say Italy.  Here’s what Culture Trip has to say about the origins of tapenade.

Here’s some ideas on Amazon that you can take a look at for making your own charcuterie board:  

1) Olive Wood Serving Board.  

I don’t know if you know anything about olive wood, but it is amazing.  I love the multitude of patterns.  It’s simply stunning.  Click on the title to take a closer peek on Amazon.

2) Bamboo Wood Tray with 3 Ceramic Bowls and Cheese Makers 

3) Slate Cheese Board (you can write on them with chalk) 

4) Slate Cheese Markers (does it get any cuter than these?) 

We’ve reached the end of Homemade Olive Tapenade recipe.  I hope you enjoyed it. 

Let me know in the comments below how you like to use tapenade in your dishes.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Homemade Olive Tapenade

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