Olive and Caper Tapenade

Tapenade is a ground mixture of olives, capers, and garlic. The ingredients are mixed together with olive oil until they form a paste. I thought tapenade was an Italian food but it turns out it comes from southern France. Sometimes anchovy paste and herbs are added to it as well depending on the region. Usually it’s served on bread or eaten as a condiment but I thought it would be great on a sandwich. I really liked the flavors of the tapenade and it was even better on the Grilled Eggplant Panini.

Olive and Caper Tapenade
(makes about 1 cup)
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  • 1 cup black olives, minced
  • 3 tbsp capers, crushed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 leaves basil, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice


  1. Mix all ingredients on a cutting board and mince until fine or puree in a food processor. 

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