Olive and Herb Tapenade
Summer entertaining? Whether you’re hosting a barbeque, a birthday, or a party in the garden, be sure to offer your guests healthy and savory appetizers. A Mediterranean tapenade rich with olives, garlic and herbs is the perfect hearty pre-dinner snack. Olives are full of healthy fat and packed with briny flavor. When combined with other savory ingredients are a sure crowd pleaser. Serve this tapenade with whole wheat pita, crackers, or the vegetables of your choice.
YIELDS 1 Cup
2 Tbs. capers, drained
½ tsp. dried oregano
2-3 leaves fresh basil, ripped into small pieces
1 medium clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, juiced with seeds removed
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
In a food processor, combine the first 6 ingredients and pulse until roughly combined. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and olive oil then drizzle into bowl of processor while pulsing to combine. Serve immediately or chill for an hour to let flavors combine.
Monounsaturated fatty acids
Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.
Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.
Improves mood, memory, and focus.
Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.