Easy Italian Olive Tapenade

A delicious spread with all of the best flavors of Italy in one bite!

Easy Italian Olive Tapenade (full recipe is on: HungryHappens.Net)

♬ original sound – Stella Drivas

Our Greek Olive Tapenade went viral so I jumped back into the kitchen to share my favorite Italian version! This simple to make spread incorporates just a few ingredients but a little goes a long way here.

easy italian olive tapenade

I highly recommend using Kalamata black olives for this recipe. They are the best black olives for any job but especially one like this where they are the main attraction. The sun dried tomatoes are also a big component of this dish and help to elevate this once simple tapenade to the next level.

easy italian olive tapenade

Anytime you make dips, salad dressing, etc. I urge you to taste and adjust if needed. Every person’s palate is different and what tastes great to me, may need more salt or sweetness for you. Serve this with fresh crusty bread, pita chips or veggies like celery, carrots or cucumber sticks.

easy italian olive tapenade

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easy italian olive tapenade

Easy Italian Olive Tapenade

5 from 2 votes
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbs fresh basil, fine chop
  • 5 oz sun dried tomatoes, drained + fine chop
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata black olives, fine chop
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 tsp honey


  • Mix all of the ingredients in a shallow plate until combined. Add more olive oil if you prefer that way. Taste and adjust the balsamic or the honey if needed.


Serve with fresh crusty warm bread or pita chips and veggies.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 1242mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 4mg
Author: Stella

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