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Meyer Lemon Tapenade

Delightfully fresh Meyer Lemon Tapenade (olive tapenade)one of the fastest appetizer recipes, and has many other uses in your cooking!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizers, Dips, & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: olive tapenade, tapenade, tapenade recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 111kcal


  • 1 cup green olives pitted and drained
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives pitted and drained
  • ¼ cup capers drained
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon you can use regular lemons, Meyer lemons are sweeter
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Combine all ingredients (except olive oil)  in a small food processor, pulse 8 times. (or if doing by hand, finely chop green and kalamata olives, capers, and parsley on a cutting board. Then add to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients)
  • Next, add olive oil, scrape down the bowl, and pulse 4 more times.
  • Stores well in mason jars in the fridge for up to a week.


mixing tips:

If you don't have a food processor, simply chop the green and kalamata olives, capers, and parsley finely on a cutting board, and mix with other ingredients in a bowl.

tapenade uses:

Try tapenade on grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, or toss into a salad, or with pasta and herbs.

serve with: 

  • crackers
  • pita chips
  • cut vegetables
  • baguette slices
  • breadsticks

more Tapenade uses:

  • serve on crostini
  • toss into Greek salads
  • sprinkle as a homemade pizza topping
  • add to pasta red sauce
  • spread on pressed Italian sandwiches
  • add into tuna salad
  • a topping for deviled eggs
  • put into compound butter, use on fish
  • baked into bread loaves for olive bread


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.4mg