Easy Vegan Olive Tapenade

Easy and quick vegan olive tapenade recipe

This is one of those recipes that seems kind of fancy, but is ridiculously easy and quick to make. So it's perfect for impressing guests to serve as a canapé or even on grilled bread to make bruschetta as a starter. It's great because you can make it up to a week in advance and it'll keep well in the fridge, and you may well have most of the ingredients you need already in your cupboard. Salty, herby, lemony, and garlicky - what more could you ask for?!

Easy Vegan Olive Tapenade

Ingredients (makes 1 cup):

  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives

  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


Chuck all ingredients into a small food processor (not a high speed one like a nutribullet - that's too powerful) and pulse until at the desired consistency. Pulse less if you're serving slightly chunky for bruschetta, or more if you'd like is as a smooth spread (this is great in sandwiches too by the way). 

Tip: to make crunchy melba toasts to serve with the tapenade as a starter / canapé, simply pop a couple of slices of bread in the toaster. When done, lay the toast flat on a chopping board, place one hand on top, and carefully use a serrated bread knife to slice through the bread to split into two halves. Then cut each half into four triangles, and place un-toasted side up under a grill until golden and crunchy. The corners will turn up a little so be careful they don't burn! 

easy vegan olive tapenade recipe

Nutrition (per 4 melba toasts & 4 tsp tapenade):

  • Protein: 2.3g (Women: 4.6% / Men: 4.2%)

  • Iron: 1.2mg (Women: 8.1% / Men: 13.8%)

  • Calories: 107 (Women: 5.4% / Men: 4.3%)

  • Sugar: 0.9g (Women: 1.0% / Men: 0.8%)

  • Total Fats: 6.7g (Women: 9.6% / Men: 7.1%)

  • Saturated Fats: 0.9g (Women: 4.5% / Men: 3.0%)

  • Salt: 0.7g (Women: 11.7% / Men: 11.7%)

  • Fibre: 1.9g (Women: 6.3% / Men: 6.3%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.