Olive Tapenade Recipe — a Staple of the Mediterranean Diet

Appetizers and starters are often more difficult to plan than main meals. After all, you want the entree to be tasty, but not ruin any appetites; complement, but not take over, the flavors of the main; and, if you’re only serving appetizers, like when you’re having friends over for drinks, you want the snack to be substantive enough and hold its own.

Luckily, one food covers all those bases: olive tapenade.

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What Is a Tapenade?

A tapenade is a spread usually made from crushed olives and capers. While it likely originated in the Mediterranean diet regions, where capers are from, tapenade became popular in France’s Provençal region in the south. There, tapenade is usually served alongside bread or crackers, so you can add as much or as little of the spread atop. It’s also mixed with butter and used to stuff chicken or cook fish with.

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Though olives and capers are tapenade staples, different regions also add in their own favorite mix-ins to jazz up the original. Sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic and eggplant are all common additions that take a traditional olive tapenade and make it even better.

The heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering foods like nutrition-rich olive oil, garlic, eggplant and the like are what helped make the Mediterranean diet so famous.

How to Make Olive Tapenade

Because I am a big fan of sun-dried tomatoes, I’ve added some to my version of olive tapenade. You’ll love the extra zest they add.

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Since this olive tapenade recipe is made from so few ingredients, I urge you to find the best quality olives and capers you can get your hands on. They will make a huge difference!

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