Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Welcome to the world of culinary exploration! Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to a delight that will elevate your appetizer game, the Olive Tapenade!

This savory, briny spread is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine, renowned for its unique combination of flavors and textures. But, we’re not stopping there. To complement this, we’re pairing it with the star of our board, the Bellavitano Cheese.

Bellavitano Cheese, with its rich, creamy texture and unique flavor profile, truly makes this appetizer a symphony of taste. The harmony created by the tangy, salty olive tapenade, and the creamy, nutty Bellavitano is a match made in culinary heaven.

Choosing Your Olives

When it comes to creating your tapenade, the choice of olives can be a game-changer. While both black and green olives bring their distinct flavor profiles, they unite beautifully to create a balanced, vibrant tapenade.

Black olives, with their deep, robust flavor and a hint of sweetness, lend a satisfying depth to our tapenade. On the other hand, green olives, famous for their bright, tangy punch, add a freshness that beautifully contrasts and highlights the darker tones of the black ones.

Can You Just Use One?

Now, you may be wondering, “Can I use just one type of olive in my tapenade?” The answer is, absolutely! The beauty of cooking lies in the freedom of expression, and the same goes for this olive tapenade.

If you prefer the hearty flavor of black olives or the zesty tang of green ones, feel free to create your mono-olive tapenade. However, remember that blending both varieties can create a more complex, layered flavor experience.

Cheese Choices: Beyond Bellavitano

Like the perfect pair of earrings to a stunning dress, the right cheese can truly enhance the allure of your olive tapenade. While our recipe features the exquisite Bellavitano, there is a world of cheeses out there waiting for you to explore.

Whether it’s the creaminess of a Brie, the tang of a classic Cheddar, or the saltiness of Feta, every cheese brings its unique personality to the tapenade appetizer. Feel free to experiment with your personal favorites or try something entirely new.

The Unique Contribution of Bellavitano Cheese

Now, let’s talk about the Bellavitano Cheese, the star of our recipe. This cheese, with its creamy yet crumbly texture, is an adventure in every bite. Its rich, nutty flavor coupled with the subtle sweetness makes it the perfect companion for our olive tapenade.

When you bite into a crostini topped with a slice of Bellavitano and a generous layer of our olive tapenade, it’s a celebration of flavors that’s simply unmatchable.

Olive Tapenade on Crostini

Prepping For Your Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Before you dive into creating this delightful appetizer, it’s important to have everything set up and ready. From the selection of the freshest olives to the sharpness of your food processor blades, every little detail plays a role in creating the perfect tapenade.

You’ll also want to have your cheese of choice on hand and a crisp, fresh baguette ready to be sliced into crostinis.

Prepping in Advance

One of the wonderful things about olive tapenade is its ability to stay fresh and flavorful even when made ahead. Whether you’re prepping for a party or just want to have something delicious on hand for snack time, storing your tapenade properly is key.

When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, your tapenade can stay fresh for up to a week, allowing the flavors to meld and mature over time. Just be sure to give it a good stir before serving.

Can It Be Frozen?

While our Olive Tapenade is sure to be a hit at your next gathering or even as a tasty treat for yourself, you might find yourself with more than you can consume in a week. Fear not, because tapenade is surprisingly freezer-friendly!

Freezing Your Olive Tapenade

You can absolutely freeze your olive tapenade. The key is to store it in a freezer-safe, airtight container to protect it from freezer burn.

You can also portion it out into smaller containers, making it easier to thaw only the amount you need.

Thawing and Using Frozen Tapenade

When you’re ready to enjoy your tapenade, simply move the container from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. Once thawed, give it a good stir to mix any separated oils back into the tapenade.

Do note that while freezing won’t significantly alter the flavor of your tapenade, the texture may become a bit softer. However, it will still be delicious and ready to elevate your appetizers!

Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Gwen Xavier
The Olive Tapenade Appetizer is a delightful blend of finely chopped black and green olives, aromatic garlic, and tangy lemon, served atop a crispy crostini crowned with a slice of creamy Bellavitano cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 Appetizers
Calories 240 kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 1 Wedge of Bellavitano Cheese
  • 1 Cup Black olives, pitted
  • 1 Cup Green olives
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Combine black olives, green olives and garlic in food processor. Process on low until the pieces are chopped finely and well mixed. 
  • Add the juice from the 1/2 lemon, olive oil, and salt & pepper (to taste).
  • Continue processing for a few more seconds until the mixture is combined very well.
  • The time will depend on how small you want the pieces. I used by Nutri Ninja Blender and processed it on low for about 20 – 30 seconds total.
  • Serve this with the Bellavitano Cheese sliced on top of a crostini and then topped with olive tapenade.
Keyword Bellavitano Cheese, Olive Tapenade

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Gwen Xavier

Gwen Xavier, the culinary genius behind Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life, initially crafted her food-focused website out of a necessity to find joy in cooking. Over the years, her relationship with the kitchen transformed from a mere duty to a fervent passion. Today, Gwen shares a variety of recipes on a daily basis, curating meals that cater to diverse tastes and family preferences, proving that cooking can indeed become a love affair!

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