Lemony Olive Tapenade with Feta

This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

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This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

Olives might be my very favorite party food. I love basically anything in brine, but I just can’t get enough of the salty, tangy taste of olives.

Last year I made deep fried olives for a holiday get together, but this year I wanted something even easier. This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

I adore olive tapenade, and while this version isn’t strictly traditional, it’s certainly easy and universally appealing.

Traditional tapenades are usually made with finely pureed olives and anchovies, but since I wanted to make a vegetarian version I decided to leave out the fish.

Being a sucker for presentation, I used both green and black olives and rather than pureeing them I gave them a good fine mince. I love seeing the texture of the olives!

Adding the cheese makes this a great olive and feta dip!This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

I wrote about my love for Santa Margherita Wines this past spring when I shared my favorite vegetarian food and wine pairings, so for the holidays I thought a little bubbly would be festive.

I brought a few bottles of their Prosecco to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, along with this tapenade and plenty of bread. prosecco2

It didn’t take long for my family to pop open the bottles and start celebrating. prosecco

There’s just really something special about sparkling wine, especially during the holidays! This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

Luckily, I was able to snag a few pictures of my olive and feta tapenade before the family started digging in.

The recipe is super quick to make, plus it transports well and tastes great at room temperature.

I made this feta olive dip by infusing some olive oil with lemon zest and garlic before tossing it with the chopped olives and feta cheese. This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

I brought along slices of crusty bread and focaccia and let everyone enjoy the olives almost like a bruschetta.

I’ll definitely be making another batch of this olive feta dip for our big Christmas dinner.

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Here’s the Recipe!

This chunky olive tapenade is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta- a memorable party appetizer!

Lemony Olive Tapenade with Feta

Yield: About 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This chunky olive tapenade recipe is flavored with lemon-infused olive oil and tangy feta, a delicious and memorable party appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup finely chopped pitted green olives
  • 1 cup finely chopped pitted black olives (I used kalamata)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil, garlic, and lemon zest in a small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Place the chopped olives in a serving bowl and toss with the lemon juice, feta, and cooled olive oil.
  3. Serve with sliced crusty bread or focaccia.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 124Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 4mgSodium 627mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 1g

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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December 14, 2016 | Last Updated on August 6, 2020 by Linda

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