Olive Tapenade

I have a serious weakness for olives and black kalamata olives are the deadliest for me. I don’t really have a sweet tooth. Instead, it is the salty snacks that really get me. Kalamata olives are just addictive and they never last long in my house.

I look for any reason to buy olives. Whether it is for using the olives in a dish, having them as part of a cheese and olive tray for a party, or just for snacking, it seems that olives always make their way into the shopping cart when I am at the supermarket.

Tapenade is one of my most favourite ways to enjoy kalamata olives. Tapenade is a spread made by pulsing black olives, capers, garlic and some other ingredients until it is a spreadable paste.

How to make olive tapenade recipe with kalamata olives

Tapenade comes from the Provence region of France and is typically served as an appetizer. It is amazing when spread on some crusty bread, tapenade is also excellent on crackers with a slice of cheese, or spread on a sandwich.

How to make olive tapenade recipe with kalamata olives

Making tapenade could not be simpler. Dump all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse. That is it! Some of the main ingredients in tapenade is kalamata olives, capers, garlic and olive oil. I also like to add some roasted red peppers, fresh herbs and lemon juice. There are so many incredible flavours in every single bite!

How to make olive tapenade recipe with kalamata olives

While pulsing, you are looking for a coarse spreadable texture. You can see in the picture above the consistency that I go for. It is not super smooth, and you can still see small bits of olives, capers and other ingredients throughout the tapenade.

Once made, this can be stored in the fridge in a small mason jar or other container. Trust me, once you make this, you may find yourself regularly having some tapenade in the fridge for any time you get the craving!

How to make olive tapenade recipe with kalamata olives

I have lots of other dishes that use black olives. Check out some of these recipes!

If you also love green olives then check out these recipes!

How to make olive tapenade recipe with kalamata olives
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Olive Tapenade

Delicious recipe for kalamata olive tapenade spread from the Provence region of France. Ingredients also include capers, garlic, lemon juice, oil, herbs and roasted red peppers.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Keyword appetizer, kalamata, olive, spread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 143kcal
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 1/2 cups kalamata olives , pitted
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper
  • 3 tbsp capers
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves , or parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the tapenade has a coarse spreadable texture.
  • Serve with crusty bread, crackers, pita chips, or spread on a sandwich.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1086mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 6.5% | Vitamin C: 7.6% | Calcium: 4.1% | Iron: 2.9%

How to make olive tapenade recipe with kalamata olives

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

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  1. Pinned to Mediterranean ! Beautiful !

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