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Olive Tapenade in a white bowl with a blue towel, two lemons, and a baguette nearby

Olive Tapenade

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  • Author: Whip & Wander
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers & Bites
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Olive Tapenade is a fancy, yet easy, appetizer that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. This recipe fits Paleo, Whole30, Low-FODMAP, and Keto diets.


  • 223 g (about 1 1/2 cup) pimento-stuffed green olives (Manzanilla)
  • 138 g (about 1 cup) pitted kalamata olives
  • 34 g (2 tbsp) non-pareil capers
  • 15g (about 1/4 cup) flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil (may sub 2 tbsp olive oil + 2 minced garlic cloves)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper


  1. I like to start by doing a quick safety check on the kalamata olives for remaining pits by slicing each one in half before adding to my food processor. Although I purchase olives that have been labeled pre-pitted, I almost always find one olive in the bunch that still has it's pit (no matter what olive bar I buy them from). Though this is an additional step, its totally worth the extra couple minutes because you definitely don't want a pit in your lovely tapenade.
  2. Add all ingredients to your food processor and pulse on your lowest setting until the mixture is chunky and resembles gravel. My machine has three settings low, high, and manual pulse. I like to use the latter so that I am literally just giving the mixture a series of quick pulses like flicking a light switch off and on until it's reached the desired consistency. If you prefer a smoother, spreadable tapenade you can pulse for longer, but I like mine to be quite gravelly.
  3. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.


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  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 122
  • Sodium: 1145 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g