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Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade Recipe

by Adrianne

Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade recipe that will blow your mind!  With olives, capers, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes, this homemade tapenade is a fuss free easy appetizers that you can munch on whilst sipping a wine! 

Sun-dried tomato tapenade in a white bowl with toast points in the top right

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Are Sun-dried tomatoes a healthy snack?

Sun-dried tomatoes can be considered a healthy snack as they are packed with vitamins. However, they are most often sold preserved in oil. 

We do reserve the oil for this recipe and add it as an ingredient, although you can use olive oil if you purchase sun-dried tomatoes in a packet without the oil. 

Ingredients for Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

This recipe uses basic ingredients, they are set out and labelled in the photo below so you can pop to the shops and grab exactly what you need! 

Ingredients for sun-dried tomato tapenade with text overlay

Homemade Tapenade ingredients are:

  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • oil (reserved when draining the sun-dried tomatoes)
  • parsley
  • lemon juice
  • anchovies
  • capers 
  • garlic 
  • stuffed green olives

Grab the stuffed green olives with the red pimento inside! They are easy to find. 

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How to make Sundried Tomato Tapenade (follow these steps): 

The recipe can be broken down into easy steps which are shown in the photos below. There is instructions underneath so you can can follow easily.

Process shots for sun dried tomato tapenade with text overlay

  • Add sun-dried tomatoes, pitted green olives, garlic cloves and anchovies to the food processor  (shown in photos 1-4)

Sun-dried tomato tapenade method with text overlay

  • Followed by capers, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil (shown in photos 1-4)

Once the ingredients are together in the food processor we are going to blitz them to make the tapenade. This part of the process takes less than 10 seconds. We want chopped but textured tapenade where individual ingredients are still identifable. 

Homemade tapenade in a food processor before and after pulsing

Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade recipe quick info:

About the recipe:

  • we use sun-dried tomatoes from a jar
  • the olives have their pit removed when they are stuffed 
  • we discard the liquid from the capers
  • fresh or bottled lemon juice works
  • we do not use salt and pepper in the recipe

FAQs about Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade

  1. If your tomatoes don’t come in oil, simply use olive oil 
  2. There is minimal difference between semi and sun-dried tomatoes 
  3. Both of the above are fine to use 
  4. You can make this recipe ahead of time
  5. Crackers, toast points or crostini are all good serving ideas

Your quick questions answered:

  1. This recipe is quick to make! 
  2. Toast points are the serving suggestion I have made with the tapenade
  3. All of the ingredients are available at your local store
  4. This is an EASY recipe

Expert tips:

This is what I have learnt that will help you succeed in nailing this recipe each and every time:

  • understanding that the blitz time is short is necessary as we don’t want mushy tapenade
  • don’t worry which parsley type ie flat or curly, they both work well!
  • make this recipe in advance, freeze and defrost a few hours or overnight ahead of time
  • a few slices of bread will allow you to make toast points very easily!

Sun-dried tomato tapenade in a white bowl with toast points to the side and above

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Sun-dried tomato tapenade in a white bowl with spoon out to the left

To make Toast points like the ones seen in the photos here, simply remove the 4 crusts from a regular loaf of bread. Cut diagonally across it in 1/2, spray  with cooking oil and bake for approx 5 mins. They are crispy and perfect for tapenade!  

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Toast points with sun-dried tomato on top

Homemade tapenade in a white bowl with silver spoon out to the left

Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade Recipe

Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade recipe that will blow your mind!  With olives, capers, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes, this homemade tapenade is delicious!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: homemade tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Food processor


Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade Recipe

  • 270 grams sun-dried tomatoes Note 1
  • 1/3 cup oil Note 2
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley Note 3
  • 3 cloves garlic skins removed
  • 1/2 cup stuffed green olives Note 4
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice Note 5
  • 4 anchovies drained
  • 1/3 cup capers drained
  • toast points to serve


Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade Recipe

  • Add sun-dried tomatoes, olives, anchovies, capers, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and oil to the bowl of a food processor
  • Pulse for less than 10 seconds to combine Note 6
  • Serve with toast points Note 7



  • Note 1 If you purchase your Sun-dried tomatoes in a jar, we are going to drain but keep the oil from the jar. The recipe uses 1/3 cup reserved oil from the jar. However, if you purchase your sun-dried tomatoes without the oil, you can use olive oil instead. You will find that you can get either Sun-dried or Semi dried tomatoes. The jars are very similar and it is only a keen eye that can see the difference especially if you grab it, throw it in your trolley and head to the check out. Never fear, both will be perfect for the recipe, so don't loose a minutes sleep over it!
  • Note 2 This is reserved from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes talked about above. It has GREAT flavour and will enhance the tapenade delightfully. 
  • Note 3 You can use curly leaf parsley if you have/grow/prefer, both work well and bring great flavour. 
  • Note 4 The olives I am referred to here are the stuffed green olives that have the red colour in the middle. You can also use pitted green olives. 
  • Note 5 An Australian tablespoon measures 20ml, slightly more than an American one. 
  • Note 6 This keeps our texture chunky is much better for tapenade than mushy!
  • Note 7 Toast points are super easy to make! Simply cut the 4 crusts off a slice of bread, put the bread in half on the diagonal, place on a lined baking tray and spray with cooking oil. Cook in a moderate oven for approximately 10 mins or till toast points are browned and crispy! 1 slice of bread will produce 2 toast points. 


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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Appetizer recipes

Olive tapenade recipes are the best! They are so easy and quick to make. Once you have tried one of my recipes for it, you will want to make each of them again and again. 

Tapenade can be used for an appetizer, added to pasta, spread on crackers, as a layer in a finger food recipe and more. Try it, love it and ideas will come thick and fast about what to do with it. 

I’ve got your tapenade sorted with this recipe and you have got your party covered by serving it! 

Would love to hear you feedback in the comments below. 

Tap, tap, tapenade on my friends! 

Adrianne xx


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Katherine March 6, 2020 - 12:02 pm

5 stars
So many great flavors in this tapenade! Thanks for all the tips to make it turn out perfectly.

Adrianne March 6, 2020 - 6:02 pm

No worries Katherine, appreciate your thoughts, cheers!

Marie-Charlotte Chatelain March 6, 2020 - 2:13 pm

5 stars
AMAZING! I bet this would be the most amazing to homemade mayo or sandwich spreads! LOVE all things capers and olives so this is my thing!

Adrianne March 6, 2020 - 6:04 pm

That is great to hear thanks Marie-Charlotte Chatelain!

Carrie Robinson March 6, 2020 - 2:15 pm

5 stars
I want to dig right into this! Yum! 🙂

Adrianne March 6, 2020 - 6:04 pm

Haha, love it, thanks Carrie!

Tara March 6, 2020 - 2:32 pm

5 stars
Packed with flavor and super simple to make!

Adrianne March 6, 2020 - 6:05 pm

Spot on Tara!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry March 6, 2020 - 2:34 pm

5 stars
What a delicious sounding tapenade – so tempted to go and make it right now!

Adrianne March 6, 2020 - 6:01 pm

Thanks for your feedback Bintu!

mimi rippee March 6, 2020 - 9:53 pm

Love this. I love fresh garlic in tapenade, and I like what you did with the rest of the ingredients. sometimes I add roasted red bell peppers. Sometimes people don’t like the all olive tapenade. It’s fun to play with colors in this, too! Great job!

Adrianne March 7, 2020 - 3:32 pm

Thanks Mimi! Love to hear your feedback. Yes you are spot on about the all olives thing! Roasted red bell peppers in there sounds amazing, yum!

Sarah April 13, 2020 - 3:48 am

Looks amazing! I was wondering how long this can be kept in the fridge?

Adrianne April 13, 2020 - 3:57 am

Thanks Sarah! You can keep it in the fridge for at least 3 days. My preference if it is going to be any longer than that is to freeze it. It freezes really well and defrosts well too. You can store it in a zip lock bag and take out when you need to use it. I find freezing it a handy way of having it taste as fresh as the day I make it even a month or so down the track. Lots of foods can be kept in the fridge for longer than that but I find they have a tendency to loose their freshness the longer they are in there. The garlic and oil in this recipe helps to preserve it in the fridge though also, so it won’t go off suddenly, more so after 7 days it will get a little funky! Hope you love it, cheers!


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