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Green Olive Tapenade with Citrus & Herbs

Green Olive Tapenade with Citrus & Herbs
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The following recipe was developed by Jennifer Thornton, Owner & Educator at Buttercream & Olive Oil.

Treat yourself to a tasty tapenade that can be made from scratch in a matter of minutes.

Tapenade is a savory spread or condiment that originated in Provence, France. It primarily consists of very finely chopped olives and capers and tastes delicious spread over crackers and bread.

While many tapenade recipes feature olives as the primary ingredient, this particular recipe places an emphasis on capers, as by law in France to be called tapenade, the recipe must contain capers. This comes from the Provencal dialect, in which the word “tapeno” translates to capers.

To add depth of flavor, a squeeze of fresh citrus and dried herbs are incorporated into the finished spread, making each bite vibrant and refreshing.

Green Olive Tapenade with Citrus & Herbs

Green Olive Tapenade with Citrus & Herbs


  • 1 tsp. Heinen's capers
  • 1 jar Divina pitted Castelvetrano olives
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Heinen's extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried herbs, like Heinen's dried thyme


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture is no longer chunky, but not perfectly smooth.
  2. Spread over bread or crackers.
  3. Store covered in the fridge for up to one month. After each use, add a thin layer of olive oil to the top to keep it fresher longer.

A Vertical Image Featuring a Small White Bowl Filled with Tapenade. A Full Green Olive Sits on Top of and Around the Bowl.

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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