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Classic Olive Tapenade Recipe

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Italian


Classic Olive Tapenade – the quickest and easiest appetizers ever! Serve with a baguette, crackers or pita bread!


  • 1 cup olives – pitted (Mediterranean mix)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • (optional) 1-2 anchovy fillets


  1. After ensuring olives are pitted, add to food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and pulse food processor until you have reached the desired consistency.
  3. Taste and add salt and additional olive oil as desired.
  4. Serve with pita bread, pita chips, baguette, bagels or crackers.


  • Olives: feel free to mix up the type of olives you use!

Keywords: olive tapenade