Olive Tapenade

This traditional recipe combines olives, capers, basil plus another secret ingredient to make a quick flavorful tapenade. Serve it with fish, grilled chicken or your favorite cheese and crackers. This easy dish comes together in less than 10 minutes!

Olive Tapenade

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Serves: 6 Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 pound pitted mixed olives
  • 2 anchovy fillets, rinsed
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 to 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil



Thoroughly rinse the olives in cool water. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes a coarse paste, approximately 1 to 2 minutes total.


Transfer to a bowl and serve with your favorite crackers.


Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

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