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Perfectly Simple Green Olive Tapenade

This green olive tapenade is always a lovely addition to any cheese plate! Using large, quality Spanish olives makes the tastiest spread for cheese with crackers or sliced baguette.

A cracker with goat cheese and olive tapenade next to a stack of crackers on a wooden tray.

Perfectly Simple Green Olive Tapenade

I love having cocktail parties in the winter. It’s too cold to go searching for new cocktail bars or restaurants every weekend, so I spend the time refining my cheese plate arrangements for cocktail parties at home, and developing new treats for them.

No matter how I adjust them, which new treats I serve, or which cheeses I experiments with, this olive tapenade is a staple.

Almost any time I serve a fancy cheese plate, I serve olive tapenade. It smells divine, it tastes divine and it’s so easy to prepare! You simply grind Spanish green or kalamata olives in a food processor and serve. That’s it!

But if you want to give your tapenade a little more pep, try adding a 4th a clove of garlic, a teaspoon of olive oil and mix in some finely grated parmesan cheese by hand after you’ve ground the olives.

A bowl of chopped olive tapenade on a wooden tray next to stacked crackers and olives.

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If you try this recipe or any of my tasty drinks or treats, make sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram! I love to see your creations! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more loveliness, too.

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Perfectly Simple Green Olive Tapenade

This green olive tapenade is always a lovely addition to any cheese plate!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: party food
Servings: 1 Cup
Calories: 72kcal


  • 1 cup green Spanish olives - pitted
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 clove of garlic


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse. You want the olives coarsely chopped.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 68mg | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 9.3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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