Olive Tapenade

Appetizers / Snacks

Olive Tapenade

The olive holds a place of honor in Greek culture. According to an ancient myth, the goddess Athena gave the olive tree to mortals as a special gift, and they regarded it as sacred. In antiquity, cutting down an olive tree was punishable by death. While the olive tree no longer is an object of worship, chefs continue to cherish its fruit. Olive oil’s health benefits also have earned praise in modern times.

Olive Tapenade celebrates the flavor of Greek kalamata olives. Put the kalamata olive to good use in this tapanade that’s delicious served as a dip with pitas chips or vegetables, but versatile enough to enliven entrées and sandwiches, too.


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Test Kitchen Tip

Include half of the herbs when initially making the tapenade, but wait to add the rest until just before serving, so they retain their color.


Pulse olives, onion, zest, orange juice, oil, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer tapenade to a bowl. Stir in 1 Tbsp. mint, 1½ tsp. basil, and 1½ tsp. oregano. Chill tapenade.

To serve, add remaining 1 Tbsp. mint, 1½ tsp. basil, and 1½ tsp. oregano; top with diced orange. Serve dip with pita chips or fresh vegetables.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per Tbsp.

Calories: 35

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3g 4%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 137mg 5%

Carbs 2g 0%

Fiber 0g 0%

Protein 0g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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