Kalamata Olive Tapenade

I never used to be an olive person.

Or at least I thought I wasn’t.

I consider myself to be rather adventurous when it comes to trying new food.  I’ve had my share of escargot, alligator (which does taste like chicken, no joke), and I even tried a chicken heart once or twice.  Why in the world would a little olive scare her, you ask!?

I have no idea.

To this day, I can’t figure it out.  But all of that is about to change because I finally gave in and tried some kalamata olives the other day.

Love at first bite, I tell ya!

While kalamata olives can be rather pricey, especially when you consider the price of black or green olives, they make a great ingredient for entertaining.  This recipe for olive tapenade makes a great appetizer or a spread for sandwiches.

On this particular day we had a family gathering where we were all munching on sandwiches.  I added this to a sandwich made with salami, ham, provolone and roasted red bell peppers.  It was so good I didn’t even have time for a picture!

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 tblsp capers
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tblsp olive oil
  • a few basil leaves
  • 2 tblsp lemon juice
  • pepper to taste

Lightly pulse the olives in a food processor a few times.  Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until there are not any big chunks and the olives are very finely chopped.  Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later.

If you do not have a food processor you can chop everything by hand.  You may be able to use a blender but I have not had a chance to try it so no guarantees!


  1. I consider myself pretty adventurous too, but I’ve never tried these olives either. This certainly does look and sound tasty.

  2. I LOVE olive tapenade. This looks like a great recipe 🙂 Sometimes I get store bought tapenade and have that and hummus on whole grain bread. Amazing.

  3. kalamatas are my favorite – and tapenade on a sandwich is SO good. this sounds great, and the photos are stunning!

  4. Love me a salty tapenade dip, looks great!

  5. YUM! It’s about time I make my own olive tapenade. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Love love love olive tapenade! We make one with figs that has become a staple at family parties

  7. Olive tapenade is something new to me!! I loved your photographs and this recipe!!


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