Tomato and Olive Tapenade

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Tomato and Olive tapenade in bowl
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If you are a tomato and olive fan, this tomato and olive tapenade recipe is for you! This is a quick and easy appetizer recipe made with simple ingredients. Also, you can use it to top your favorite chicken, fish or pork dish. Not to mention, this comes together in a matter of minutes!

spoonful of olive tapenade

What is Tapenade Made Of?

Traditionally, tapenade is made with olives and capers. Next, olive oil is added. Traditionally, tapenade is chopped, crushed or blended into a paste like consistency. We love the idea of halving the tomatoes and olives, so you can enjoy the flavor burst as you bite into them. However, you can choose the method that works for you! Regardless of the method, the tapenade will elevate any dish!

Recipe Tip

To make a pesto type of consistency, place the ingredients into a food processor and pulse 5-8 times until the ingredients have broken down into tiny pieces.

What Is Tapenade?

Tapenade is an all-purpose “salsa”. Basically, It’s similar to bruschetta and can be blended down in a food processor to be more of a pesto-type consistency. Comparatively speaking, it can be described as a topping or condiment.

How Do I Serve Tapenade?

It can be used to top fish, like our Mediterranean Fish with Tomato Tapenade, enjoyed as a dip with vegetables, pita bread or crackers, or on top of chicken or pork.

ingredients for olive tapenade

Ingredients Needed for Tomato and Olive Tapenade

  • NatureSweet Cherubs®
  • black olives
  • red onion
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • oregano
  • basil

How To Make Tomato Tapenade

overhead shot of Naturesweet cherub tomatoes that have been halved

First, slice the NatureSweet Cherubs® and olives in half.

overhead shot of tapenade ingredients in glass bowl

Next, place the tomatoes and olives a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Then, toss all the ingredients together.

tomato and olive tapenade in glass bowl

Finally, serve, and enjoy!

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Tomato and Olive Tapenade

If you're a tomato & olive fan, this olive tapenade recipe is for you! This quick and easy appetizer recipe is made in under 5 minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings12 people


  • 2 c NatureSweet Cherub Tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 c black olives pitted and halved
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 5 basil leaves chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Enjoy with pita bread, vegetables, crackers or top on fish or chicken.


To make a pesto type of consistency, place the ingredients into a food processor and pulse 5-8 times until the ingredients have broken down into tiny pieces.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Calories: 46
Keyword: Tomato and Olive Tapenade
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