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Olive Tapenade
Olives with leaves on a white background.

Olive Tapenade 

All photos by Nathalie Krull

Here at TNT our resolution for this holiday season is to keep things simple and focus on the spirit of the holidays, instead of being swept up in the hustle and bustle. 

This super easy olive spread, sometimes referred to as a tapenade, comes together in minutes in a food processor. The name is of Provencal origin and refers to tapenas, or capers, that are in it. It can also be made with anchovies, although the recipe below is the vegan version.

Made with only six healthy ingredients, it’s quick to throw together as an appetizer to bring to a party with friends and family… or experiment at home with the many different ways it can be enjoyed. It pairs beautifully with creamy cheeses and is a great addition to a charcuterie board. Use it in pasta dishes, on sandwiches, mix it into hummus and eat with pita chips, or make an olive salad dressing just by adding extra olive oil, and lemon juice. 

There are so many ways to try it. Make it, and come up with some new ones yourself. 


You’ll need…

A food processor

1 cup of Manzanilla olives

1 cup of pitted Kalamata olives

1/4 cup olive oil

4-7 cloves of garlic depending on your taste… I love a lot of garlic, but add as much as you like.

1/4 cup of capers

1 teaspoon of thyme


Peel the garlic and blend it with the olive oil in the food processor, till the garlic is chopped into very small pieces.

Add both Manzanilla, and Kalamata olives, capers, and the thyme to the food processor. Blend all ingredients till it reaches desired consistency.

That’s it! Enjoy this nutritious delicious treat. It lasts for about two weeks in the refrigerator.

Olive branches are a traditional symbol of peace and hope. All of the ingredients are packed with healthy benefits…Olives and olive oil are brimming with antioxidants, anti- inflammatories, and anti-cancer properties. They also support healthy memory and brain function. A few of the many benefits of Garlic are it being an immune system booster, potentially lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol. Thyme boosts your mood, has anti-cancer properties, and also boosts the immune system, to name a few. So not only does this spread taste delicious, but you are feeding your body powerful nutritious food.

Using a food processor, blend olive oil with garlic
Add remaining ingredients
Blend to desired consistency
Store in airtight container for up to two weeks

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