Crazy Good Olive Tapenade


Whoa. I mean, serious whoa. This stuff is so delicious, you’ll want to put it on everything. I first made it up as a dip, complete with warmed baguette, double creme brie and prosciutto, but it would also be awesome as a chicken marinade. However you dress it up, it’ll be a huge hit (I even converted a staunch anti-olive eater!). Find additional recipe ideas at the bottom of the post.

Olive Tapenade


  • 1 can anchovies (if in oil, rinse the fish before use)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 jar pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 jar sundried tomatoes
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. In a food processor, emulsify all the anchovies until it becomes a paste.
  2. Add in garlic and process until garlic looks well incorporated (don’t want big chunks in a bite)

  1. Now add in olives through lemon zest and blend well.
  2. As the processor is going, slowly add in oil until blended.
  3. Do a taste test before adding in additional lemon zest, lemon juice or any other seasonings. Between the anchovies and olives, there’s quite a bit of salt in this recipe, so I wouldn’t recommend adding any additional salt.

Food Pairing Recommendations

  • Pizza base rather than tomato sauce
  • On top of roasted chicken
  • Sauce for fresh pasta and roasted tomatoes
  • Serve along side hummus and veggies

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