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How to make green olive tapenade

Green olive tapenade spread thickly on bread

Tapenade is a taste of the south of France. Made from olives it’s served as a snack with aperitifs and  added to stews and dishes to give them flavour.

Both unripe, green, olives and ripe, black olives, are used to make tapenade either separately or even together. Black olive tapenade has a light taste and is oilier, while green olive tapenade is sharper.

Here’s how to whip up a simple green olive tapenade…


160g (just under 1 cup) pitted green olives
5 anchovies (optional)
1-2 cloves of garlic (according to taste)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon thyme (optional)
1 teaspoon capers
Dash of lemon juice

Preparation time: 10 minutes


Put the green olives and garlic in a bowl and blend until you get a coarse mixture.

Add the olive oil, capers, lemon juice, thyme and anchovies (if you’re using them) and mix for about 15 seconds. It’s not actually green, more of a light brown colour by now.

The tapenade is ready to serve.

Keep it in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge, covered with olive oil.

How to make black olive tapenade

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