Olive Tapenade Recipe with Roasted Red Peppers

Olive Tapenade
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 2/3 cup (8 servings)

Olive tapenade is a thick dip or spread which can have a consistency similar to a chunky pesto, or as smooth as hummus, but it's made from olives, capers, olive oil, lemon juice and herbs.

Traditionally, olive tapenade has always been made with some anchovies in there too, but who wants to eat fish and olives in the same bite? Yuck! Plus, with all the already strong flavors of kalamata olives and capers, who needs the anchovies? This recipe also has roasted red peppers, for a slight twist on the usual olive tapenade recipes. 

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What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup red peppers (roasted, chopped)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. capers
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. basil (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp. parsley (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme (dried)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

How to Make It

  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor, pulsing just until coarse and minced fine. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste.
  2. Serve your olive tapenade with crackers or toast points.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 69
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 127 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)