Wine Country Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade


This tri-toned olive tapenade contains a melody of west coast flavors, including sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, shallots, basil, and mellow green and black California ripe olives.

Wine Country Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade

Naturally, this rich olive tapenade is amazing with crackers and a glass of wine, but it can also be blended with dairy-free sour cream or cream cheese for a dip, spread on sandwiches, stuffed into chicken breasts prior to baking, or used as a unique pizza sauce!

Since this olive tapenade is at its best after chilling in the refrigerator for an hour or more, it can be made a day in advance for parties and picnics.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Olive Tapenade

This recipe is naturally dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, soy-free, and all around allergy-friendly. It is also vegan / vegetarian. Just be sure to select your accompaniments wisely, such as dairy-free and gluten-free crackers or bread, if needed.

This recipe was shared with us by the California Olive Committee.

Wine Country Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade
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Serves: 8 servings
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ¼ cup chopped smoked sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6-ounce can California Green Ripe Olives, well drained
  • 1 6-ounce can California Black Ripe Olives, well drained
  • ¼ cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Crackers or toasted baguette slices (gluten-free, if needed)
  1. Place shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and garlic in a food processor and pulse on and off until finely chopped.
  2. Add olives and basil, and pulse again until chopped.
  3. Stir in salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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