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How to Make Olive Tapenade

How to Make Olive Tapenade 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.

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

It’s the perfect recipe to bring to any gathering or add to a charcuterie board.  Fresh cut-up vegetables or crostini, in addition to the tapenade recipe, make a happy crowd.

The recipe is super easy and only takes about 10 minutes to make.  Having a jar of homemade tapenade in the refrigerator is a simple way to add flavor to any meal.

Have you ever spread black olive tapenade on your sandwiches?  It takes them to a whole new level

“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven. I can scarcely expect bread.” – Thomas Jefferson 

Close-up clear glass jar with olive tapenade and crostini - How to Make Olive Tapenade

What is Olive Tapenade?  

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

According to Wikipedia, the name tapenade comes from a Provencal word for capers.

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.

I always, and I mean ALWAYS have kalamata olives on hand. I totally love them.

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

How to Make Olive Tapenade ingredients and Olive Bruschetta on a rustic cutting board

Interesting Facts about Olives:  

I think finding out more about the food we eat is such an interesting thing to do.  It also makes a fun dinner conversation.

1) Did you know that olive trees can live up to a thousand years and still bear crops?  How amazing is that?

2) The color of the olive depends on the maturity of the fruit.  The olives start out green, but change to a darker color of black or maroon as they ripen.

3) You can’t eat olives directly from the tree because they are too bitter.  They need to be processed with brine before becoming the amazing fruits we love.

4) The olive tree is an evergreen tree.  The leaves remain on the tree year-round.

5) An olive tree named “Plato’s Olive Tree” is located just outside of Athens, Greece.  The tree is thought to be approximately 2,400 years old and be part of the grove where Plato’s Academy was located.

6) Olive trees are not native to the United States.  They were brought to the Americas by Spanish colonists.

Kalamata Olive Tree

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How to Make Olive Tapenade:  

Ingredients for Easy Black Olive Tapenade: 

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 

How to Make Olive Tapenade: 

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.)

Slice of rustic white bread, bowl of green and black olives, and pestle and mortar with peppercorns

How long does Homemade Olive Tapenade last?  

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

Homemade Olive Tapenade uses:  

Black Olive Tapenade in a bowl and on crostini, dried marinated tomatoes, and a bowl of olives

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 to How to Make Olive Tapenade: Easy Charcuterie Board Ideas 

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.  It sounds crazy, but it’s delicious!

10) Mix hummus and Kalamata olive tapenade for a yummy change.

11) Olive tapenade pasta is so good.  Just cook your pasta according to instructions and add the tapenade spread to taste.

12) Add it to your avocado toast to add a little zip.

13) People in the south of France use tapenade to stuff their chicken.

Avocado Toast with Egg and tapenade

Printable How to Make Olive Tapenade:

Yield: 1/2 cup

How to Make Olive Tapenade

How to Make Olive Tapenade

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.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 126Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 985mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 1g

Tips for How to Make 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 blender sides.

2) Adjust the recipe to your tastes.

3) If you like a creamier olive tapenade, blend the ingredients longer.

Crostini with black olive tapenade, green olive tapenade, and sun-dried tomato tapenade

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.

Bowl of Kalamata olives on cutting board with bread and fresh rosemary

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?) 

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