Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Thursday, August 13, 2020
This is one of my favorite appetizers I first had at a 5 Star Italian Restaurant and so delicious for all the olive lovers out there.

It's really an addicting starter for any meal, served as a topping on crusty bread or crudités.

It may be used as a condiment, as well on salads and some grilled meats.

Tapenade is also used in preparing fish dishes

Olive tapenade is loved in southern France but originally comes from Italy.

While the word and the tradition come from Provence, the first written recording of eating tapenade was made by Italians in the first century AD, and Cato the Elder included a tapenade recipe in his book On Agriculture.

This is a simple easy way to make it for dinner parties or just as a delicious snack any time of the day, and leftovers make a perfect topping as suggested previously.

To all my olives lovers, this is a must-try you will love it or you can also try my Tomato Tapenade and Avocado Tapenade.

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these are garlic toasted bread with olive tapenade on them there are also fresh herbs in the photo with an olive skewer

these are breads cut into shapes and topped with assorted chopped olives called tapenade

Easy Appetizer

This is a delicious olive appetizer.

The spread goes great on garlic bread or flavored crackers of any kind.

If you need an easy appetizer before an Italian meal, this isn't filling and the perfect choice,

Olive spread tapenade appetizer is famous in established gourmet 5 Star Italian Restaurants, and now you can make it at home easily with just a few ingredients.

this is cookie cutter bread appetizers with 3 types of olives on top


You can use an assortment of olives or just two that you like or all the same it doesn't matter.

We have a fresh gourmet market to get non-bottled olives which is my first choice for this recipe.

I prefer to have a balanced color when using olives.

I love oiled cured Italian black olives.

The green large Italian olives can be purchased sometimes stuffed with garlic or almonds which adds another delicious flavor.

IF you use the canned of bottled types rely on a gourmet label with lots of great reviews.

this is an olive appetizer in a white dish

Ingredients To Use

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  • green olives with stuffed pimentos, plain or stuffed
  • pitted black American olives or Italian black olives in oil (or use both)
  • Kalamata olives
  • olive oil
  • aged balsamic vinegar
  • garlic minced
  • oregano
  • fresh basil leaves
  • freshly ground pepper a twist
  • dash cayenne pepper optional

these are bottled olives to make a tapenade for an appetizer on bread


  1. Always removed any pits
  2. Buying fresh olives in special gourmet shops are always the best choice
  3. Bottled olives are fine for this recipe if you can find fresh olives
  4. Use a good grade olive oil
  5. I also recommend an 18 year aged balsamic vinegar for the best flavor
  6. Spread on toasted rounds, crackers or pita bread

these are appetizer cutters made by pampered chef for cutting bread out to make orderves

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Tools You Will Need

  1. Appetizer cutters or make large cookie cutter shapes
  2. Toothpick to thread olives for extras
  3. Food processor or sharp knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Bowl
  6. Serving dish

this is olives chopped in a white ramekin dish for an appetizer

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these are mini appetizers cut out by pampered chef cookie cutters and made into garlic bread for an olive topped creative appetizer


I love this simple recipe and if you're an olive lover, it certainly will be a hit at any party or family gathering.

The recipe is simple and can be made ahead of time.

You can even buy frozen garlic bread and bake it and this will eliminate any other step in the recipe for a quick appetizer to serve at any cocktail dinner party.

Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 3 MCook time: 6 MTotal time: 9 M
Olive Tapenade is served in many Italian restaurants as an appetizer and it' totally addicting. I usually use two of three different kinds and it's a chunky spread on top of toasted garlic bread, crackers and leftovers are perfect for a salad garnish!


  • 1/4 cup green olives with stuffed pimentos, plain or stuffed
  • 1/4 cup pitted Black American olives or Italian black olives in oil (or use both)
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • freshly ground pepper a twist
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon capers folded in a dash cayenne pepper 


  1. Add everything into a food processor (or chop by hand) then pulse around 6 times or till desired chunkiness. 
  2. This is ready to spread on anything you like or top a salad with.
  3. Using cookie cutters or appetizer cutters of any shapes, cut soft bread (I use Italian Chicago Style bread) and you can either toast the cutouts or you can leave them plain.
  4. The cutters are great for a party theme whether is a holiday or just a nice touch for any dinner party appetizer.
  5. Note: For garlic toast, just drizzle olive oil on sliced Italian bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano, a little grated cheese, and bake on high for 20 to 30 seconds just until it starts to watch so watch carefully it doesn't burn. 
  6. Spread on toasted Italian garlic bread. crackers, or pita bread points.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2014. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. I do like olives and this sounds delicious Claudia

  2. We love olives so this is a must try! Thanks, Claudia!

  3. You can never have too many tapenade recipes! Love the spices in this!

  4. I love your Tapenade Appetizers, the shapes are great! It is that time of the year when we start looking for those little bits for our special events. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. I love how unique and simple this appetizer looks, yet so flavorful! I've always loved tapenade and I love the cut outs, saving!

  6. This is such a delicious (and so pretty too!) appetizer. Love love love the toast cut-outs!

  7. We made these for Christmas and they were a hit. Super easy and delicious. I will make these again.

  8. I love tapenade and always buy them from grocery stores! This recipe is very useful! Thanks.

  9. I love olives so much and now I have another way to incorporate them in my diet. Love this recipe!


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