Google+ Organic Gardens Network™: Quick & Simple Holiday Appetizer: Fig & Olive Tapenade

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quick & Simple Holiday Appetizer: Fig & Olive Tapenade

If you want something a little different for a holiday appetizer, try this luscious tapenade. It melds the two favorite flavors of sweet and salty. You can whip it up quickly at the last minute when you're off to a holiday party and don't know what to bring, or even if guests are on their way and you need a quick party starter with a nice bottle of wine. It is usually a big hit and the host and guests will definitely be asking for the recipe. You might want to make a double batch!


4 oz Dried Figs
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
1/2 cup Green Olives, Pimiento-stuffed
2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, minced
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar


1. Mince figs and olives finely. If you prefer a finer texture, pulse a few times in a food processor.
2. Add rosemary, balsamic, and olive oil. Add oil as needed to achieve the desired texture and mix or process.

Serve with some fresh cheeses of your choice along with crackers and crostini, or even some of your favorite fresh veggies.

Note: Traditional tapenade recipes call for capers. Although this recipe does not include capers, it still fits the bill for an appetizer in this category. You could substitute the green olives with capers, but try it as is first and see what you think. It is sure to please.


  1. I like this recipe a lot, it is one of my favourites now after i`ve tried it this morning and it was very good, thanks for sharing and also thanks for your good explanations.

  2. Hi Pret,

    I'm happy you enjoyed the recipe. I'm sure your guests will enjoy also if you have it at a gathering.


  3. Both my husband and I are not fans of rosemary. Would thyme be a good substitution?


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