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Olive Tapenade


I’ve gotten into a little bit of a food rut lately.  Not that that’s a bad thing at all.  I just have a tendency to find a food or meal I like and then eat it again and again for weeks and weeks.  Case in point?  Oatmeal.  I really can get enough.  I generally eat it for breakfast anyway, but I’m obsessed with adding different nut butters to it, making apple butter for it.  Anything that keeps me eating oatmeal.

Then I moved on to healthy homemade parfaits with plain yogurt, apple butter, and homemade granola. (OK, maybe I’m just obsessed with apple butter 😍).

Then there was about a three month span where I kept making homemade pizza over and over again.  My favorites: homemade taco slathered in refried beans and a traditional with a spicy red sauce.

But now I’m deep into sandwich territory.  Veggie sandwiches, to be more specific, because I don’t eat much meat.  I’m saving those calories for pie. 😄  Cold sandwiches, paninis…it doesn’t matter.  I’m roasting veggies and making sauces like a wild woman.

Now I love hummus and guacamole on a nice veggie sammie, but I wanted to try something a little different.  Enter olive tapenade, aka sandwich crack.  A little dab will not suffice.  I slather this on crusty bread with no regrets.

Now I’m pretty sure that traditional olive tapenade contains anchovies and capers, but this one does not. Don’t let the food police know, OK?  🙂  Definitely feel free to add both in if you feel like it.


I’ve had an obsession with olives since I was a kid.  My favorite pizza toppings used to be pepperoni, green pepper, jalapeños, and olives.  And back in the day I’m pretty sure that Quiznos used to put an ample amount of olives on their toasted veggies sub, along with guacamole.  What the heck ever happened to Quiznos?  I like them ten times better than Subway.

Anyway, this tapenade is great on cold sandwiches and paninis alike.  And don’t forget it for your next cheese and cracker tray.  I could pretty much eat it with a spoon, but that’s just me being weird.

What foods or meals do you make obsessively over and over again?


(Adapted from an olive tapenade recipe on Food Network)

Olive Tapenade
  • ½ cup pitted black olives
  • ½ cup pitted green olives
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • A clove of garlic, smashed
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Add all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Blend until thick and combined.
  2. Gradually add in olive oil and blend until smooth.


{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen May 7, 2016, 10:33 am

    I love olives and I am sure I wouldn’t be able to get enough of this tapenade! It looks so good!

    • Amanda May 9, 2016, 9:36 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Aria May 7, 2016, 3:28 pm

    Currently, my bro and I are obsessing over smoothies. We just can’t get enough of them. This olive tapenade looks sooooo delicious! Olives are amazing. 🙂

    • Amanda May 9, 2016, 9:37 am

      Thanks! You’re making me in the mood for a smoothie now! 😀 I could really go for one with pineapple or peaches. Or maybe both. 😉

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop May 7, 2016, 8:01 pm

    I guess I’d better get on this bandwagon! I like tepanade but I’ve never made one.

    • Amanda May 9, 2016, 9:38 am

      If you start making them you might get addicted, just to warn you. 😉

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 9, 2016, 6:35 am

    I get in food ruts sometimes too, so it’s nice to finally switch things up! This tapenade looks SO good! I could eat olives pretty much all day, every day, so this is just calling my name. I love that you can spread it on just about everything! Sounds so perfect!

    • Amanda May 9, 2016, 9:40 am

      Thanks, Gayle! About the only thing I haven’t spread it on is a peanut butter sandwich. And I wouldn’t be surprised if I tried. Haha.

  • Mir May 9, 2016, 6:43 am

    I’ve had this at restaurants but never at home. That’s gonna have to change!

    • Amanda May 9, 2016, 9:41 am

      It’s fun because it’s so easy. I like trying weird variations too.

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary May 9, 2016, 8:25 am

    I feel like I live in a food rut. I am constantly eating the same thing on repeat… but it’s because I fall in love with something and feel the need to eat it until I literally can’t eat it anymore. 😉 Love this tapenade! I would say this tapenade is a delicious food rut to be in! Cheers, friend!

    • Amanda May 9, 2016, 9:43 am

      Thanks! I love the food ruts I get in! When I love a food I just have to have it.

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat May 10, 2016, 2:39 am

    Oh my gosh I get in ruts all too often. And that’s ironic given we are food bloggers! Fortunately I have my blog to always force me to try new things 😉 Loving this tapenade, wish I could snack on it right now!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker May 10, 2016, 4:42 am

    I go on eating sprees too! I’ve been on a granola kick for over a year and I don’t see it ending anytime soon. I haven’t done any cooking with olives, but maybe this tapenade will get me on a new trend 🙂

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