Well guys, the recipe for this olive tapenade was originally intended to be posted last Friday, but life had other plans for me. If you follow my personal Instagram account (@dallasewanchuk) you probably saw my most recent post of my bloody head stapled back together. Probably not the mental image you wanted when you clicked on a recipe link. My bad!
In brief, I had a little tumble on the driveway last Thursday afternoon, where I split my head open on the pavement and got my first ever concussion. I will save the details about what I learned through that experience for another post, because it surely has opened my mind and changed my perception of a few things. For now, I will simply say how unbelievably grateful I am to be fully back in my mind and body, and to have them working together again as one healthy unit.
Now, onto this tapenade!
It is insanely delicious, insanely fast, and insanely easy to make. So why wouldn’t you? There’s just no reason not to. Even my friends who don’t like olives go nuts for this dip. So ya, I’d say it’s got the conversion factor. BIG TIME.
I first started making this recipe a couple summers ago. I was craving something salty and savoury, but I still wanted it to be light and fresh. I tried a few tapenade recipes I found online, and I quickly noted one common denominator – they were all so salty I had to eat them very sparingly.
When I eat tapenade, I want to be able to come back for seconds, thirds, and fourths, without the saltiness overwhelming my palette. The amount of fresh parsley in this recipe perfectly balances the saltiness of the olives and capers.
I have brought this tapenade to countless potlucks and wine nights, where many of my friends begged for the recipe. I was so excited to share it, and told them how insanely fast and easy it is to make. In under 10 minutes you have one seriously sophisticated, seriously impressive dish. BAM.
Olives are loaded with wicked health benefits. They are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which helps to increase good cholesterol. They also help to control blood pressure, and act as an antioxidant. And, not to mention, they are DAMN TASTY!!
I use a combination of green and black olives in this recipe, but you can use whatever kind you prefer. Just note that all brands will differ in how salty they are. I also buy pre-pitted olives. Once you’ve made this recipe once or twice, you won’t want to spend half an hour pitting oily olives that slide all over the place. Pre-pitted = a gift from The Universe.
I love pairing this olive tapenade with tortilla chips, crackers, or raw, sliced veggies. It also serves fantastically atop fresh pasta noodles, and spread over a toasted baguette!
However you decide to eat it, I am just so freakin’ excited for this dip to hit your taste buds.
Alrighty, let’s get to it!
Easy Olive Tapenade
The eashiest, freshest, most delicious tapenade your tastebuds will ever cozy up to!
- 3 c. green olives pitted
- 1 c. black olives pitted
- 2 tbsp. capers
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ c. sundried tomatoes
- 4 tbsp. fresh basil chopped
- 1 ½ tbsp. fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp. fresh oregano
- 1 ¼ c. fresh parsley chopped
- ½ c. extra-virgin olive oil
- Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Blitz the mixture until everything is evenly incorporated into itty-bitty chunks, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides. Do not over mix or the tapenade will turn the consistency of hummus.
To clean the thyme from the stems, hold the end of the stalk with two fingers, then, using your opposite thumb and forefinger, pinch the stalk and run your fingers in the opposite direction of the leaf growth. This quickly removes the leaves from the unusable stalk.
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If you’re looking for other great dip ideas, be sure to check out my Smoky Garlic Cheese Sauce. It’s an absolute banger!!