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Kalamata Olive and Basil Tapenade Dip

Need a crowd pleasing party dip that’s not loaded with mayo? If you’re having friends over and you don’t want to just open up another package of hummus, you can make a dip on your own that’s very simple but combines complex flavors that impress your guests. Celebrate the rich, salty flavor of kalamata olives and other Mediterranean flavors with this super simple Kalamata Olive and Basil Tapenade Dip. Vegan and vegetarian friendly, this goes well with crackers or on crostini. Fresh garlic, basil, dried oregano and capers combine to create a very salty, savory dip.

Kalamata Olive and Basil Tapenade Dip

All you need for this one is a blender or food processor. Toss all the ingredients in together, pulse a couple times and you’re done. If you’re like me and forever stopping by the grocery store on the way to a party, you’ll surprise your guests with your culinary genius with this one. The foundation is the strongly flavored kalamata olive so a little goes a long way – this is a dip you can really savor. Plus it’s heart healthy with unsaturated fatty acids in the olive oil and olives and antioxidants from the herbs and spices.

And if you need a couple more dips you can make in minutes on your way out the door, check out my:

Garden Herbed Vegan-Friendly Veggie Dip

Savory Sweet Cilantro dip

The Sauce that goes on EVERYTHING

Kalamata Olive and Basil Tapenade Dip

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Servings: 4
Author: Ginger Hultin


  • 2 cups Kalamata olives (pitted)
  • 4 Tablespoons capers (drained)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 leaves largefresh basil (ripped into small pieces)
  • 2 cloves mediumgarlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until roughly combined. Serve immediately or hold in the refrigerator and serve cold.



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Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO

An award-winning, nationally recognized nutrition expert and media spokesperson.

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