Black Olive Dip is a quick and easy recipe to get your party started!! Perfect for entertaining this olive dip is simple to make and will win over olive lovers and party goers!!
You can make this recipe ahead of time and keep in the fridge till the door bell goes and the guests arrive!
Our Olive Tapenade recipes bring fanciness to regular snack ideas for entertaining.
Cream Cheese olive dip takes 2 simple ingredients and combines them for a textural delight! Serve with the Easy Crostini for a quick appetizer idea!
Or embrace a change in flavour from the Spinach Cob Loaf!
What goes well with Black Olives?
Black Olives and cream cheese compliment each other well as they are savory and sweet flavours!
I like to use sliced black olives for this recipe (and on pizzas for that matter!) as you don't have to wonder if any of the 'pitted olives' still have pits as they are banging around in the food processor.
Olive recipes are sought out for entertaining as they bring next level taste and texture!
It is amazing how quick Olive tapenade with kalamata olives can be whipped up at the same time as delivering SO much taste and character.
What goes well with black olives?
Black Olives deliver taste and can be used for a variety of recipes. They are commonly used in the following ways:
- stirred through pasta
- on a Charcuterie Board
- with pita chips
- on a cheese board
- baked wth green olives
- for tapenade
- in salads
Another idea is to pair them with Crostini recipe for a quick go to Sunday brunch!
Black Olive Dip ingredients
The photo below shows you exactly what we need for this recipe. They are all simple ingredients and can be found at your local store:
As you can see, we have:
- sliced black olives
- cream cheese
- dried onion
- garlic powder
- olive brine
- salt and pepper
The olive brine is simply the liquid that comes in the jar with the olives. We only need 2 tbs of it, generally the jar will have a little more than that!
Easy method to make Cream Cheese Olive Dip
The photos below show you the steps we take to make this recipe, it is all done in the food processor.
We start simply by adding the ingredients one by one:
- Add olives to the food processor and blitz to roughly chop (Photo 1)
- Next add the cream cheese (Photo 2)
- Then add the dried onion (Photo 3)
- Followed by the garlic powder (Photo 4)
The onion and garlic powders give an extra depth of taste to our dip in a refined manner!
- Next add salt and pepper (Photo 5)
- Then the olive brine (Photo 6)
- Before blitzing your ingredients will look like this (Photo 7)
- Blitz to combine (Photo 8)
It only takes seconds to go from unblitzed to blitzed and combined and it is SO EASY!
Check the before and after photos for consistency to see the texture that the dip will have. We only need to blitz the olives for a few seconds as then we get that lovely chunky appearance visible in the cream cheese.
One of my favourite ways to serve this recipe is like the photo above with a side of Pita Chips.
Black Olive Dip quick info:
About the recipe:
- We use sliced black olives for the recipe
- Alternatively you can use pitted black olives
- Drain the olives and reserve the liquid
- That liquid is olive brine and we need 2 tbs of it for the recipe (also added to the dip)
FAQs about cream cheese olive dip
- We use the 1 type and colour of olives for this recipe
- The garlic powder and dried onion will be in the spices section of the supermarket
- The dip can be made ahead of time and refrigerated
- To serve, use pita chips, crackers or vegetable sticks
Your quick questions answered:
- This recipe is quick and simple to bring together
- The dip is served cold
- The olives only need to be blitzed for seconds (ie still chunky)
- This recipe is VEGETARIAN
- This is an easy recipe using black olives
This is what I have learnt that will help you master the recipe from the 1st time and every following time:
- the sliced black olives are EASY and won't have you second guessing
- the brine has a strong unique flavour that enhances the dip
- don't over blitz the olives, we want the chunky texture (less than 5 seconds)
- be organised, make the recipe and keep in the fridge ready!
Get the party started with these entertaining ideas:
- Green Olive Dip
- Spicy Olive Dip (these are my favourite olives!)
- Black Olive Tapenade
- Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade
- Artichoke Olive Tapenade
- Olive Tapenade
Or check out the full collection of olive recipes in this How to Cook with Olives showcase.
Crackers are an easy way to serve this dip as you can open the packet and throw them on a plate. But the pita chips and crostini work if you have the time!
Or some ideas to serve alongside your olive dip are:
- Cranberry Brie
- Chicken Liver Pate
- Baked Camembert with Cranberry Sauce
- Coconut Prawns (with 2 different dipping sauces)
- Grazing Platter (to feed a crowd)
- Labneh Dip
- Mini Quiches (12 different ways)
- Baked Brie with garlic
- Baked Feta
- Crudité Platter
If making the pita chips as a serving idea, throw some dried thyme or your favourite herbs on them like in the photo above. This adds texture, colour and taste!
You can do that after spraying with oil just before oven baking them.
You don't have to be an olive fan to get your dunk on with this one!
Dip it, dunk it, spread it, dollop it, stir it, it's delightful whichever way you decide.
Black Olive Dip
- Food processor
- Serving bowl
Black Olive Dip
- 430 grams sliced black olives Note1
- 250 grams cream cheese room temperature, Note 2
- 2 tablespoon olive brine Note 3
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder Note 4
- 1 tablespoon dried onion Note 5
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
Black Olive Dip
- Add olives to the food processor and blitz for 5-10 seconds to roughly chop
- Add cream cheese, garlic powder, dried onion, salt, pepper and olive brine, blitz for 5-10 seconds till all ingredients are consistency mixed in.
- Serve with pita chips, crackers or veggie sticks
- Note 1 I buy a tall thin jar of olives that you can purchase at Aldi, Coles or Woolworths. Sliced Olives are good for this recipe as you know without doubt there will be no pits!
- Note 2 Cream cheese is very thick and solid. When it comes out of the fridge it is quite firm. It will be MUCH easier to work with (for any recipe) if you let it sit on the bench for a bit as it will naturally soften as it reaches room temperature.
- Note 3 The olives will be in their own brine (liquid), we drain the olives and reserve some of this brine to add to our dip as it is PACKED with flavour!
- Note 4 You will find this in the herbs and spices section of the supermarket. It is a very fine white powder (ie not garlic salt)
- Note 5As above you will find this in the herbs and spices section of the supermarket. In a small packed or jar. If you cannot find it, look for onion powder, but don't use regular diced onion as it will be too much (ie omit instead).
Olives bring their own PARTY to the party!!
They have texture, taste and decadence but are super easy to make shine.
Salty, olivey goodness- check, chop chop for texture - check, creamy smooth cheese- uh hu!
Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.