olive and pepper tapenade

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers,Gluten Free,Happy Hour at Home,recipes,snacks,Vegan

Jason has been wanting big salads for dinner as much as I have lately. Even though the salads are entree size and full of protein,
I will sometimes include an appetizer to eat beforehand.

I’ve been calling it happy hour at home…

olive and pepper tapenade

3/4 cup green olives
1/2 roasted red pepper (several strips jarred)
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons capers
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
splash red wine vinegar
sea salt

Chop the olives and pepper uniformly; finely mince garlic cloves. Leave capers whole, mix with olives, peppers and garlic. Stir in olive oil and vinegar, salt as needed.

Serve with pita points, kalamata olives and hummus.

What is your favorite appetizer?


{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa April 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

YUM! I love “dips.” Chips or pita bread with hummus, tzasitiki, tapenade, salsa, anything dip worthy.

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2 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

aren’t dips great? hummus and olives could be a full meal for me…

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3 Lisa April 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I’ve been known to have a chips and salsa dinner once in awhile. ;)

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4 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

haaa! love it.

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5 mitzi @ my nikon eats food April 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

happy hour at home…i love that! i should start that up as well =)
i love bruschetta!

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6 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

DO it!! :) it’s fun! oh, yeah – I love bruschetta too… just wait until I have my BASIL and romas growing in the garden… :)

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7 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE tapenade!! So awesome!

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8 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

mmm hmm… me too!

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9 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Oh hello! I love a good tapenade. In fact, Giada just made one yesterday with chickpeas.

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10 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

oooh, that sounds interesting… gotta look that up!

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11 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 6, 2011 at 5:56 am
12 spabettie April 6, 2011 at 6:09 am

ooh, that sounds interesting – honey? just might work! thank you for finding it for me – you’re so sweet!! <3

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13 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

That looks so good! Wish my hubby liked olives so he could enjoy it too. :(

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14 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

thanks, Jenn! the things that Jason doesn’t like? I make for my lunches or when he is out of town… :D

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15 Angela April 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

YUM, looks great! I have a black olive tapenade that I make all the time (http://www.vegangela.com/2010/12/02/two-mushroom-tapenade/), but I’ve bookmarked this to try next time. Thanks!

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16 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

oh, wow, yours looks good too… thanks for sharing Angela (and beautiful photos!) I’m going to have to try it sometime!

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17 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

oooh its gorgeous dahhhling

but you should know. I am the inventor of this. you stole my entire life.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! =) luff yew

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18 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

oh, girl… I am laughing so hard I scared the dog! XO

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19 Zoe April 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

This looks so yummy!!!! I love tapenade, it is a mixture of all the things I love: olives, capers, garlic. YUM!

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20 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

thanks, Zoe! I like adding capers to things… and garlic… and roasted peppers… ;)

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21 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

This look delicious. I just love olives and kalamata is my favorite kind!

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22 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

team kalamata over here too!

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23 Neyal @ Looking Up While Slimming Down April 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm

That tapenade looks soooo good. I’m totally trying that!

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24 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

thanks, Neyal !! hope you like it!

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25 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm

looks so delicious! I totally forgot that I was supposed to make pasta tonight. I was thinking about it all day but the minute I got home I ate 1 mango, kale chips, and a handful of raw buckwheat. doh! Better luck tomorrow.
My favorite appetizer is… bacon wrapped figs. (with pistachios inside!)

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26 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

oh, no! :) well, what you ended up having sounds good too :) I LOVE bacon wrapped figs… SO good!

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27 Dorry April 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Yummmmm! I love olive tapenades. I’ll have to make this! Hmmm – I like chips and guacamole or veg & hummus. But I like those both so much, I’ve been known to fill up on the appetizer and have no room for the meal!

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28 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

me too! I have made a meal out of hummus, olives and cucumbers! :D

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29 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit April 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I love the happy hour idea. :) I’m ravenous when I get home, and a healthy snack keeps me from overdoing it at supper. This tapenade looks great. :)

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30 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

thank you, Betty! yeah, I think I like my Happy Hour at Home… it’s going to become a thing… ;)

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31 Lisa April 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

That looks so yummy! My fave is usually bruschetta or chips and guac. I love most appetizers though. I could definitely live on them :)

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32 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

oh, I could too, Lisa B! :D I love bruschetta – I think we DO live on it during the summer!

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33 Christin@purplebirdblog April 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I am a huge chips and salsa fan. And hummus… ohhhh the hummus! :)

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34 spabettie April 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

me too… love some spicy pineapple salsa with crunchy awesome chips!

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35 Katie April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This looks, quite simply, DIVINE.

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36 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

thanks, Katie! we ended up MIXING it with the hummus – SO good!

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