Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

Olive tapenade

Very easy to prepare, a tapenade of black olives and sun-dried tomatoes can be a go-to appetizer when you have little time to spare, as it takes only minutes to prepare. It’s equally good with crispbreads or sliced fresh baguette.


Makes about 1 cup, about 8 servings

  • 3/4 cup pitted brine-cured black olives such as Kalamata
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, oil cured or not, as preferred
    (make sure they’re moist if not oil-cured; soak in hot water if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup walnut or pecan pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • More fresh parsley or other herb for garnish (such as small sage leaves) 

Place all the ingredients in a food processor with 1/4 cup water. Pulse on and off until everything is finely and evenly minced. If need be add a small amount of additional water so that the mixture adheres. 

Transfer to an attractive crock and serve with the desired accompaniments.

Olive tapenade recipe


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