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Easy Green Olive Tapenade

by Adrianne

Easy Green Olive Tapenade will be the life of your party!  Green olives are the star of the show in this easy appetizer. For a no fuss olive spread recipe that you will use with everything, whip up a batch today! 

Spoon holding green olive tapenade over a white bowl

Entertaining is made simple with recipes like our Grazing Platter , Caprese BitesEasy Crab Cakes, Baked Brie with garlic and our Spinach Cob Loaf

Make this recipe in advance and simply pop on the table when guests arrive! 

Recipes like our Coconut Prawns, vegetarian spinach dip and cranberry brie are ideas that you may like to explore!  

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This olive tapenade is sophisticated and stylish, but ridiculously easy to make. You can literally throw the ingredients together! Try serving it with our easy crostini for a fuss free appetizer! 

Serve with toast points or crackers both are easy and delicious ideas


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What is Green Olive Tapenade?

Green Olive Tapenade is an easy recipe made from a combination of olives and other ingredients. Traditionally this recipe uses ‘green olives’ not black or kalamata. 

Commonly found as an appetizer or spread, it often has anchovies, capers, garlic and parsley in it. 

With different recipes and ingredient combinations, olive recipes like this tapenade are a popular choice when entertaining guests. 

Other variations include recipes such as Sun-dried tomato tapenade, Artichoke olive tapenade or simple Olive tapenade with kalamata olives. 

Green Olive Tapenade Uses

The best thing about this recipe is how versatile it is! 

You can literally use it with almost anything. How about:

  • on fish
  • stirring through pasta
  • as an appetizer
  • part of a grazing platter
  • as a dip
  • spread for toast 
  • dressing for a salad

Here is an Easy Crostini recipe using this recipe and some simple little toasts! 

Green Olive Tapenade ingredients

The photo below shows you exactly what we need for this recipe. 

Ingredients for green olive tapenade set out with text overlay

As you can see, we have:

  • pitted green olives
  • stuffed green olives
  • garlic cloves
  • capers
  • anchovies 
  • parsley 
  • lemon juice 
  • olive oil 

The olives will be easy to find at Woolies or Coles in a jar or fresh! 

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Easy method to make Green Olive Tapenade

The photos below show you the steps we take to make this recipe, it is all done in the food processor. 

You can put the ingredients in 1 by 1 and then we blitz in a single end step. 

Process shots for green olive tapenade with text overlay

  1. Add green olives, stuffed green olives, capers and anchovies to the food processor bowl (Photos 1-4)

To make an olive tapenade without anchovies, follow the steps above but omit no. 4

Process shots for olive spread recipe with text overlay


  • Add garlic, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice (shown in photos 5-8)

To get the tapenade to be chunky and textured as seen in the photos, the trick is to blitz only for seconds! I use the pulse button, but only for about 5 seconds, then turn it off. 

Food processor showing blitz ingredients for tapenade

Easy Green Olive Tapenade quick info:

About the recipe:

  • we use 2 types of green olives
  • don’t check each for a pit, throw them in 
  • drain the capers before adding (discard liquid)
  • bottled lemon juice works well! 
  • the garlic is essential for depth of flavour

FAQs about Easy Olive Tapenade

  1. the pimento stuffed olives brings the red flecks of colour 
  2. Remove the skin and end of each garlic clove
  3. This can be prepared ahead of time and kept refrigerated
  4. For serving suggestions think crackers and toast points

Your quick questions answered:

  1. This recipe is quick and very easy! 
  2. The olive tapenade is served cold 
  3. We don’t want mushy over blitzed tapenade
  4. This  recipe is FREEZER FRIENDLY
  5. This is an EASY recipe

Expert tips:

This is what I have learnt:

  • have all of your ingredients on hand and ready to go
  • omit the anchovies for a vegan option
  • only blitz till olives are diced but you can still work out individual ingredients (about 5 secs)
  • make and freeze this recipe for easy entertaining! 

Appetizer recipes (it’s party started!)  

These ideas are to inspire you and give you options that work and are not overly complex. 

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

Tapenade in a white bowl with toaste points above and to the right on seperate plates

Toast points are crunchy and delicious! They are made by removing the 4 crusts from a regular loaf of bread, cutting each slice diagonally in 1/2  and spraying with cooking oil before baking for approx 5 mins. 

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Toast points with green olive tapenade on top

Spoon holding tapenade above a white bowl

Easy Green Olive Tapenade

Easy Green Olive Tapenade will be the life of your party!  Green olives are the star of the show in this easy appetizer. For a no fuss olive spread recipe that you will use with everything, whip up a batch today! 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Australian, French, International
Keyword: green olives, homemade tapenade, tapenade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Adrianne


  • Food processor


Easy Green Olive Tapenade

  • 350 grams pitted green olives Note 1
  • 1 cup stuffed green olives Note 2
  • 3 garlic cloves skins peeled
  • 1/3 cup capers drained
  • 4 anchovies drained, oil blotted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice Note 3
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • Toast points to serve


Easy Green Olive Tapenade

  • Add whole green olives, stuffed olives, garlic, capers, anchovies, lemon juice, olive oil and parsley to the bowl of a food processor
  • Pulse to combine for less than 10 seconds Note 4
  • Transfer to a bowl and serve with toast points Note 5



  • Note 1 These are whole green olives with the pits removed. They will come in a tall jar. We drain them and discard the liquid. 
  • Note 2 These are stuffed green olives that have the red centre. They will also come in jars of all sizes. We need slightly less of these than the whole green olives. We also drain these and discard the liquid. 
  • Note 3 An Australian tablespoon measures 20ml which is just a little bit bigger than an American one. Bottled lemon juice is fine! 
  • Note 4 We want the texture of our tapenade to be chunky. Pulsing for just seconds achieves this, using low or high will obliterate the ingredients and leave them a mushy mess. We WANT the texture which also allows us to still SEE what is in our food. 
  • Note 5 Toast points are super easy to make! Simply cut the 4 crusts off a slice of bread. Cut the bread in half and place on a lined baking tray. Spray with cooking oil. Cook in a moderate oven oven for 10 mins until the toast browns and becomes crunchy! 
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It is party time and the entertaining has begun, you will love how easy this recipe is and the crispy bread and salty garlicky tapenade pair so well together!! 

You have flavour, texture and a recipe that delivers with this one. Make it in advance and freeze if you like so you are well prepared. I’ve got you, its all good. 

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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Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry March 11, 2020 - 11:35 am

5 stars
This looks like such a delicious appetizer, definitely going to be giving it a try next time I am in need of a tapenade.

Danielle March 11, 2020 - 12:11 pm

I just love olive tapenade but have never made it myself. This came out perfectly and I’ll be making my own from now on!

Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy March 11, 2020 - 12:16 pm

5 stars
I’m not the biggest fan of olives but I’m always open to recipes that look as divine as yours to win me over.

Adrianne March 12, 2020 - 7:15 pm

Aww you are sweet, thanks Charla!

Aimee Mars March 11, 2020 - 1:30 pm

5 stars
This green olive tapenade is perfect to have on hand! It sounds like a delicious addition to all kinds of recipes like you suggested, but I think my favorite would be to just enjoy it with some pita bread or chips.

Adrianne March 11, 2020 - 8:03 pm

Thanks Aimee!! Yes, with pita bread or chips is perfect! Thanks for your feedback.

Dannii March 11, 2020 - 2:02 pm

5 stars
This is one of my favourite dips. So great with homemade flatbread.

Adrianne March 12, 2020 - 7:09 pm

Thanks Dannii, yes the flatbreads are a perfect way to serve I agree!


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