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Easy Appetizer Recipes with Green and Black Olives

Updated on April 16, 2013

Put the Olives to Work

Olives make a wonderful spread.
Olives make a wonderful spread.

Simple Appetizer Recipes with Olives

There are many simple appetizer recipes using a blend of olives that are easy to make with very few ingredients.This olive recipe is a different way for you to enjoy olives. I keep a batch of this olive appetizer in the fridge for last minute guests and when I get a craving for olives--which is often.Get creative with your own favorite seasonings for a different taste experience. Be sure to add the anchovy as it does wonders for bringing out the taste. Keep this mixture well covered in the refrigerator and it will last for several days.

Ingredients For Olive Appetizer

  • One cup Black pitted olives
  • One cup Green olives with pimentos
  • Two tablespoons Olive oil
  • One tablespoon chopped yellow onion
  • One anchovy
  • One garlic clove
  • One tablespoon Oregano, Basil
  • One-half teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Appetizer serving for 10 people

Black and Green Olives are Delicious

Use black and green olives
Use black and green olives

Black and Green Olive Tepenade

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Olive tepenade

Some Ingredients for Olive Spread

Don't forget the anchovy
Don't forget the anchovy
Add different spices and herbs
Add different spices and herbs
Add some onions
Add some onions


  1. Put olive oil, seasonings, garlic clove and anchovy in a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the olives and blend until just coarsley chopped.
  3. Remove from the blender and put in a tightly closed jar, and refrigerate.

Serving Suggestions

Put the olive appetizer in a small shallow bowl with a small spoon. Set out several different type crackers and thinly toasted sourdough bread. You can even fill celery pieces with this mixture for a lower calorie appetizer. This dish will be your favorite among simple appetizers that you may want to try.

Olives In Other Recipes

Both black and green olives add lots of taste and texture to many dishes.

Add to salads: Add either green or black olives to mixed green salad, cucumber salad, coleslaw, or tomato and mozzarella salad.

Add to Chicken dishes: Add black olives to almost any chicken dish to add a new flavor and color.

Add to Pork dishes: Sprinkle black or green olives around your pork roast while baking,

Beef Stew: Add either black or green olives to stew the last 30 minutes of cooking

Tomato sauce: Add either black or green olives to tomato sauce for pasta or Mexican salsa.


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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love olives, alone or with Feta cheese in a veggie salad. Now, I'm hungry. Thanks for SHARING. Have a great weekend!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Rajan: Again I enjoyed your hub on brain health..So well done.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe. I've never tried this. Voted up and interesting. Shared.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I think you will like it..I like the taste of both olives together. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I first tried black olive tapenade when I was working with an Australian chef in Cape Don. I fell in love with it and liked it especially as a sandwich spread. Haven´t eaten tapenade since then and now I am quite tempted by your recipe.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks peggy W. I appreciate the tweet and Vote. Thanks also for just stopping by..I always enjoy a visit.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing this tasty olive tampenade recipe with us. Next time we have a dinner party we will try it out. It would probably also be good to use on sandwiches for an extra zing of flavor. Up votes + tweeted.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      It keeps at least a week in the fridge. Vinegar is a pretty good preservative for short periods of time. And it is so good. Thanks for comments and visit.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      This sounds so good to me. Unfortunately, I'm the only one in the family who likes olives (make that the only one who likes EVERYthing). I could probably half it. Does it keep pretty well?

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in and your nice comments. I do love olives a lot!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this recipe. a bit bias, as I love olives

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by. The anchovy gives the tepenade depth to the taste. I love this recipe and make it often. Hope you enjoy it.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmmmm. I love olives! And I really like your suggestion to add a little cayenne. I've never seen that in a tepenade recipe before. Thanks for this recipe!