Tapenade Is a Savory Appetizer

Kalamata Olives

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.


1 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted
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
Phenols (antioxidants)
Vitamin C
Vitamin E

About Ginger Hultin, MS RDN CSO

Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, is a health writer and owner of Champagne Nutrition specializing in integrative health and whole food-based nutrition. She serves as Immediate Past President for the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chair-Elect of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and is a Media Representative for the Illinois Academy. Read Ginger's blog, Champagne Nutrition, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Ginger Hultin MS RD CSO LDN gingerhultin@hotmail.com | @GingerHultinRD Chair-Elect, Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group ChampagneNutrition.com  
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