Easy Olive Tapenade Recipe + 10 ways to use it!

So, You want an Olive Tapenade Recipe, huh?

hummus, pitas, and olive tapenade

This is a great spread to make for crusty breads or pita chips, and though it’s typically made with anchovies, mine doesn’t have anything like that.

Here’s how I do my Olive Tapenade Recipe:

  1. Haul out the food processor.
  2. Chuck in a ton of olives… If you don’t want it to be super-salty, make sure to use more black olives than green. Kalamata olives are always nice (and really the best for this), though I didn’t have any. Pulse.
  3. Throw in a spoon of minced garlic. Don’t add too much at once… you can always taste and add more, but you can’t take it out once it’s there! Pulse.
  4. Throw in a whole bunch of capers. Pulse.
  5. Turn the processor on while you drizzle in extra virgin olive oil.  You can add some lemon juice too, if you’d like.
  6. Taste, and decide if it needs anything else.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

easy olive tapenade recipe

If “serve” is too vague, try some of these ideas with this olive tapenade recipe:

  1. Cut horizontal slits in chicken breasts and fill with a dab of olive tapenade before baking.
  2. Serve broiled fish with a dollop of tapenade on top.
  3. Use olive tapenade to stuff mushrooms as delicious crowd pleasers.
  4. Find some delicious crostini (little pieces of crusty toasted bread) and spread with cream cheese, feta, or goat cheese, then top with tapenade.
  5. Make summer appetizers by layering a bagel chip, a slice of mozzarella cheese, a slice of a Roma tomato, and tapenade.
  6. Toss mixed greens with olive tapenade as a salad dressing.
  7. Try a little bit in your morning omelet.
  8. Add tapenade to angel hair pasta, chopped tomatoes, and fresh basil. Toss.
  9. Serve with pita chips and yummus hummus, of course.
  10. Make a delicious sandwich on focaccia with salami, pepperoni, cream cheese, fresh tomatoes, and olive tapenade.

how to use olive tapenade recipe

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  5. Mexican Recipes
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 05:01:56

    Being a busy working dad – ‘serve’ is too vague for me..

    Thanks for suggestions on uses!!



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    Nov 17, 2011 @ 04:14:09

    May jar and sell TY


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  8. Nicole RJ
    Sep 06, 2008 @ 07:40:48

    That sounds delish! I’ve yet to make tapenade at home (really, because we don’t eat it often) but this recipe is being stored away for our next party!


  9. fornetti
    Aug 31, 2008 @ 02:42:54

    I do not believe this


  10. Hillary
    Aug 25, 2008 @ 13:19:16

    I am SO grateful for this recipe and post. You have no idea how much I’ve been wanting to make an olive tapenade. I tried one at a restaurant once and it was amazing. I just needed some motivation and a recipe!


  11. PaniniKathy
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 22:59:06

    I’ve been meaning to incorporate tapenade into some sandwiches – thanks so much for the recipe! And the ideas for how to use it – the angel hair pasta idea sounds especially good.


  12. Jewelryrockstar
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 18:20:59

    Tapenade looks fabu! I’m gonna try this recipe it looks like it will be a breeze with my magic bullet.


  13. marie
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 16:28:20

    i’m salivating now ;o)
    i’ll have to try that this week ^-^


  14. Jamie
    Aug 20, 2008 @ 15:27:42

    Since we have been talking a little on the forums, I figured I’d stop by.

    Everything on your blog looks so yummy! I’m adding you to my reader and linking if you. Hope you don’t mind :)


  15. robin
    Aug 20, 2008 @ 13:36:23

    Wow – I love olive tapenade! You make it look easy!
    I spent a few summers in Turkey where the olives are $2 a pound, I sure miss it now living back in the USA…


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