Artichoke Tapenade

When Ryan and I are enjoying a celebration dinner, whether at home or at a restaurant, we enjoy taking our time and we really go all out. To us that means starting the meal with an appetizer. A little something that we can nibble on while we chat over our cocktails or while finish up cooking dinner together. This artichoke tapenade made with artichoke hearts, garlic, capers, kalamata olives, lemon juice and olive oil is always a good choice. Spread on crackers its a flavorful, elegant appetizer perfect to share with your sweetie during your at-home Valentine’s Day celebration.

You have probably heard of  an olive tapenade. If you haven’t, traditionally it is a puree of olives, capers and olive oil. They are common as dips for bread or as spreads on sandwiches. Personally, I have always enjoyed tapenades. I love their tangy, salty flavor although at times they can be a bit briny. It is because of this that when I set out to make one on my own I decide to shake things up a bit by using less olives and adding a can of artichoke hearts to the mix. The result was a smooth, flavorful dip that Ryan and I could not get enough of.

Artichoke Tapenade Recipe

Makes 1/2 cup Prep Time:


  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 7 pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon non-pareil capers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil



Place artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, garlic, capers and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until mixture is chopped fine.


Remove lid add in olive oil. Pulse a couple more times until well combined.


Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.


Serve with crackers or crusty french bread.



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    June 3, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for the idea, I made it last night and liked it so much I posted it on my own blog (giving you credit, of course). I like your blog as well, because you make things from scratch.

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    February 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    An artichoke tapenade is a great idea!

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    February 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks everyone! Anu- Sorry for that misspelling- its nonpareil capers. Nonpareil capers are capers about the size of a pea. I prefer these to the bigger capote because nonpareil have a milder flavor and a wonderful aroma. Hope this helps!

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    February 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I ♥ artichokes – saving this recipe for later!

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    February 10, 2010 at 7:54 am

    what are “non-peril” capers? this looks yummy :)

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    Village Feast
    February 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Yummo, this looks so simple and tasty. I will definitely be trying.

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    Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes
    February 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Oh artichoke is one of my new favorites! This looks great! I want to try it.

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    February 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Lovely dip! My husband and I always go all out with nice suppers, too. I’ll think I’ll make this our next nice dinner appetizer!

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    February 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Great recipe. I will be making this very soon!