Black Olive Tapenade

This Black Olive Tapenade recipe is a savory dip filled with olives, garlic, capers, and a hint of lemon to make a delectable spread!

If you like recipes with black olives then you have to check out my Zesty Italian Pasta Salad, Mini Spooky Spider Pizzas, and Easy Red Enchiladas!

Black Olive Tapenade on a cutting board with slices of baguette

If you are a fan of olives, then this recipe is for you! This Black Olive Tapenade is savory, and garlicy, and also has saltiness that comes from the capers and a hint of lemon. It’s absolutely delicious and the perfect dip for any type of baguette or crostini. If the flavors weren’t enough, this is one of the EASIEST recipes to make. This recipe is so quick and easy, all you have to do is throw everything into a food processor, pulse it to blend it together, and voila, a delicious olive spread right at your fingertips!


With the exception of the fresh lemon juice and fresh parsley, this recipe can be made with pantry staples that include, a can of black olives, a jar of capers, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

How to make Black Olive Tapenade

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts see the recipe card below.

Ingredients for black olive tapenade

Next, combine the pitted black olives, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, capers, fresh parsley, freshly ground black pepper and salt in a food processor and pulse until a coarse paste is formed.

Tapenade ingredients in a food processor

Finally, serve with toasts, bread, crackers, or any other dipper of your choosing, and enjoy! This recipe also makes a delicious sandwich spread that can add flavor to any sandwich.

Black Olive Tapenade in a ramekin

Recipe Variations for this Black Olive Tapenade


Obviously, this is a Black Olive Tapenade, but if you prefer green olives, Kalamata olives, or a mixture of them all you can absolutely use that as well! Keep in mind that the flavoring will be slightly different with the use of different olives.

Lemon Juice

This recipe only calls for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. I have had a number of tapenades with more lemon juice but for my taste it can sometimes be overpowering. However, if you love lemon juice in your tapenade, feel free to add an additional teaspoon, or as much until you achieve your preferred taste.


This recipe calls for capers and a pinch of salt so if you are wanting to take it easy on sodium you can reduce either or even remove the salt altogether. However, I would recommend you keep some capers because they provide more than a salty flavoring.

Slices of baguette with black olive tapenade on it

Storage Information

This black olive tapenade recipe can be stored in an airtight container in your fridge for 2-3 days. With this recipe taking only a few minutes to put together, I do not recommend freezing this dish.

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Black Olive Tapenade in a bowl served with bread.

Black Olive Tapenade Recipe

Elevate your appetizers with our sumptuous Black Olive Tapenade, a perfect blend of ripe olives, zesty garlic, tangy capers, and a splash of lemon – an irresistible spread for any occasion!
4.80 from 10 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Andrea
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  • 1 cup black olives - pitted
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 3/4 tsp garlic - minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil - extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley - optional garnish
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  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a coarse paste is formed.
  • Serve with a slice of crusty bread, crackers, or any other dipper of your choosing, and enjoy!



STORE the Black Olive Tapenade in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will stay fresh for up to one week. Freezing is not recommended, as it may affect the texture and flavor.
Reheating is not necessary, as tapenade is typically served at room temperature or slightly chilled. If it has been refrigerated, simply let it sit out for a short time before serving to allow it to reach the desired temperature.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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