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Easy Black Olive Tapenade recipe

by Adrianne

Easy Black Olive Tapenade recipe that everyone will love!  Serve with toast points for a fuss free appetizer, stir through pasta, use for bruschetta or as a dip or spread. 

Black Olive Tapenade in a white bowl with spoon to the right

Olive recipes make entertaining a breeze! With recipes like our Grazing Platter, Artichoke Olive Tapenade and Coconut Prawns, you can prepare them in advance and then party with your guests! Rocket and Cashew Pesto is a great quick and easy recipe! 

Black Olive Tapenade has many uses! It is versatile and brings great flavour to many recipes! 

Our Chicken Liver Pate, Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade and Easy Green Olive Tapenade are ideas for serving as toppings on the Easy Crostini which takes barely anytime at all to prepare! 

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Olive tapenade recipes are sophisticated and stylish, but seriously easy to make. We literally throw all of the ingredients into our food processor, blitz and serve! Serve with homemade pita chips to get your party started! 

Toast points, bruschetta, crostini or crackers are ideal for serving tapenade! 


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What is Black Olive Tapenade?

Black Olive Tapenade is a recipe that used black olives, garlic, capers, anchovies, parsley and lemon juice to make an olive spread. 

It is most popular as an appetizer idea as you can serve it as finger food or a dip. 

Often referred to as black olive paste, it is a versatile recipe that works with so many serving ideas. 

On the blog we also have recipes for Sun-dried tomato tapenade, Artichoke olive tapenade, Olive tapenade, Spicy Olive Tapenade and Easy Green Olive Tapenade. 

Black Olive Tapenade Uses

Some ideas for serving tapenade are:

  • on crostini
  • stirred through pasta
  • as part of a canapy
  • as part of a dip platter
  • with various tapas 
  • on fish
  • as an appetizer
  • part of a graxing platter
  • spread for toast 
  • dressing for a salad

There is no limit to the ways to use this tapenade! 

Black Olive Tapenade ingredients

The photo below shows you exactly what we need for this recipe. They are all simple, easy to find ingredients. 

Ingredients for black olive tapenade on marble background with text over lay

As you can see, we have:

  • sliced black olives
  • pitted kalamata olives
  • olive oil
  • capers 
  • parsley
  • lemon juice 
  • garlic
  • anchovies 

You can easily find the olives at your local grocery store, in a jar with the antipasto ingredients! 

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How to make Black Olive Tapenade

The photos below are step by step showing you how to make this tapenade. The entire recipe is done in the food processor! 

Process shots for black olive tapenade with text over lay

  1. Add sliced black olives to food processor bowl (Photo 1)
  2. Add kalamata olives (Photo 2)
  3. Capers (Photo 3)
  4. Garlic (Photo 4)

For a vegan tapenade, omit the anchovies as an ingredient in the recipe! 

Process shots for black olive tapenade with text over lay

  • Add anchovies (shown in photo 5)
  • lemon juice (shown in photo 6)
  • parsley (shown in photo 7)
  • and olive oil (shown in photo 8)

Once the tapenade ingredients are all in the food processor, we blitz it for a few seconds to chop everything up and combine! Black olive tapenade before and after blitzing with text over lay

Easy Black Olive Tapenade recipe quick info:

About the recipe:

  • we use 2 types of olives in this recipe
  • black sliced olives
  • pitted kalamata olives 
  • drain and discard liquid from capers
  • bottled lemon juice is fine! 
  • the entire recipe only has 8 ingredients

FAQs about Easy Olive Tapenade

  1. the anchovies are the only non vegetarian ingredient
  2. peel the skin and cut the end off the garlic before adding
  3. you make make this tapenade ahead of time
  4. crostini, bruschetta and toast points are all ideal serving suggestions

Your quick questions answered:

  1. This is a quick and easy recipe
  2. Serve the tapenade cold or room temperature
  3. Blitz for only 5 seconds so the texture is chunky
  4. This is a FREEZER FRIENDLY recipe
  5. This is an EASY recipe

Black Olive Tapenade in a food processor bowl after blitzing for 5 seconds

Expert tips:

These tips are to help you master this recipe from the 1st time you make it:

  • have all of your ingredients on hand and ready to go
  • omit the anchovies for a vegan option
  • blitz only for about 5 seconds 
  • make and freeze this recipe for easy entertaining! 

Black Olive Tapenade on toast points with a bowl of tapenade to the right

The bread you see in the photos is known as Toast points. They are are freshly toasted and easy to make! 

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To make, remove the crusts from a regular individual slices of bread, cutting each slice on the diagonal and  in 1/2  and spray with cooking oil. Bake for approx 5 mins until golden brown!  

Black Olive Tapenade spread on toast points

Appetizer recipes  

Entertaining can be simple and fuss free with some easy recipes up your sleeve. Try out these ideas:

  1. Chicken Liver Pate
  2. Coconut Prawns (with 2 different dipping sauces)
  3. Grazing Platter (to feed a crowd)
  4. Mini Quiches (12 different ways)
  5. Baked Brie with garlic

Easy black olive tapenade in a white bowl with spoon to the left

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If you love marinated flavoured olives, you will likely enjoy the Spicy Olive Tapenade recipe!

Black Olive Tapenade in a white bowl with spoon to the right

Easy Black Olive Tapenade

Easy Black Olive Tapenade recipe that everyone will love!  Serve with toast points for an easy appetizer, stir through pasta, use for bruschetta or as a dip and spread. 
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: black olive tapenade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Food processor


Easy Black Olive Tapenade recipe

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced black olives Note 1
  • 1 cup kalamata olives Note 2
  • 1/4 cup capers drained
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and end cut off
  • 4 anchovies
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice Note 3
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Toast points to serve


Black Olive Tapenade

  • Add sliced black olives, kalamata olives, capers, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, parsley and olive olive to the bowl of a food processor
  • Blitz for 5 seconds to chop and combine
  • Transfer tapenade to a serving bowl
  • Serve with toast points



  • Note 1 You can use sliced or pitted black olives. But don't get olives and try and remove the pits as that will take too much time! 
  • Note 2 Kalamata Olives are known as a black olive type. They are a deep reddy/purple in colour and have a very distinct salty flavour about them. 
  • Note 3 Bottled lemon juice is totally fine to use for this recipe. Don't give it a 2nd thought! x 
  • Note 4 I have used both curly parsley (shown in the photos) and flat leaf parsley at times for this recipe and both are perfect to use, either or, whichever you have or can get is fine! 


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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Appetizer recipes

Fuss free entertaining is possible with handy recipes like this tapenade! 

If you know you are going to be flat out, make a batch in advance, freeze and then pull out ready for guests on the day. It defrosts quickly and still tastes fresh and full of flavour when defrosted! 

This chunky olive tapenade recipe is going to rock your socks! 

Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below. 

Adrianne xx


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Dannii May 9, 2020 - 6:02 am

5 stars
This is one of my favourite dips. Perfect with some homemade sour dough.

Adrianne May 9, 2020 - 8:24 am

Thanks Danni, yes for sure!!

Tracy May 9, 2020 - 7:22 am

5 stars
If it has olives, I’m in. This is the perfect dip – we LOVED it!

Adrianne May 9, 2020 - 8:24 am

Cheers for your feedback Tracy, that is great to hear!

Charla May 9, 2020 - 9:07 am

5 stars
Lovely pictures! Sounds like a really great summer appetizer that’s healthy and light on the hips.

Cathy May 9, 2020 - 11:02 am

5 stars
Im so readyyyyy to make this recipe! OMG! Are you kidding me with this amazingness!! Cannot wait to make this recipe this weekend!

Jen May 9, 2020 - 1:19 pm

5 stars
I’m a snacking addict and this is the perfect addition to satisfy my cravings! So delicious!


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