Olive Tapenade

Makes: 1 1/2 cups 

Prep/Cook Time: 15 minutes

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1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata olives

1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste or 3 anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry

3 tablespoons capers, rinsed

1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/4 cup olive oil


Begin by roughly chopping your kalamata olives.  Then combine your olives, anchovy paste, capers, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, and ground pepper in your food chopper or food processor.  Pulse a couple of times until your ingredients are blended and roughly chopped.  Then add your olive oil and continue to pulse, scraping your sides once or twice, until you have a slightly chunky, pasty consistency.  Make sure not to pulse until you reach a puree consistency otherwise your tapenade will be too wet and runny.

Recipe Tip:

  • Make sure not to chop until a puree consistency- should be slightly chunky.
  • Liquids may separate so stir before serving if you're using it as a dip.