Paleo Keto Olive Tapenade

(Last Updated On: May 16, 2020)

Paleo Keto Olive Tapenade

This Paleo Keto Olive Tapenade recipe is perfect as part of an appetizer as a dip or to coat on a crostini or low carb/paleo bread. This dip pairs excellent with fish and can be used as a marinade. This recipe is only 4 ingredients and literally comes together in minutes. It is GREAT to serve with a cheese or charcuterie board. (You have no idea how long it took me how to pronounce that properly btw)

Current Updates

Guys, we made it to Friday. Another week of quarantine in the books! Whoo-hoo. Dave and I decided we are going to visit my parents in 2 weeks. I can’t tell you how excited we are. Both my parents and us quarantined for almost eight weeks now, and we have all been super cautious. Sure there are risks involved, but at some point you need to consider mental health too. It’s been eight weeks in this NYC apartment with no access to outdoor space. Eight weeks of two adults trying to work from home in a one bedroom apartment.

Do you have any idea how nice it will be to just sit in a yard? I can’t believe I am going to say this, but I am actually looking forward to the 12 hour drive!! Just for a change of scenery. The two of us are very social people and love to travel, so for us to have not seen anyone else or go more than walking distance from our apartment for over two months now has been torturous. I am so looking forward to this trip! Let me know in the comments below.

paleo keto olive tapenade in clear glass bowl

What the F^%K is a Tapenade?

Great question. I had to look it up too! According to Wikipedia, it “is a Provençal[1] name for a dish consisting of puréed or finely chopped olivescapers, and anchovies.” Mine has no anchovies and has other stuff added in, but why not take a classic and give it an update? My whole life I’ve been obsessed with olives. Even as a little kid I remember always loving pickles and olives, and have never outgrown it. One time my younger brother was snoring loud, so my cousin and I shoved olives up his nose. He nearly choked, and we got in serious trouble. Now we live in a very Greek neighborhood and have access to some of the best olive bars in any grocery store you could ever want. I honestly didn’t even know there were so many options. 

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Olive This Dip So Much 🙂

Typically tapenade is made with black olives, but my favorites are the kalamata (aka Greek) and the big green ones. So I used those. But you can use any kind you like! I’ll never forget the first time I had Olive Tapenade. It was at an Australian restaurant called the Thirsty Koala, and they brought it with the free bread. I was in heaven! I asked for thirds. You guys, thirds… of the FREE Stuff. So embarrassing, I would have asked for more honestly, but I felt terrible already asking for so much free stuff.

The other night, I was looking for a healthy snack to dip my Paleo Everything Bagel Crackers into, and the fridge was bare. But I saw olives, garlic, and cilantro. BOOM! Just like that, Paleo Keto Olive Tapenade was born. I had no idea what was actually in it besides olives and olive oil. But I figured the other ingredients would go well with it, and oh boy, did they ever! After doing some research, I found out usually you make it with anchovies and capers. I LOVE capers, so I added them in. Even better! This dip is definitely going to be a hit at your next party, instead of a bowl of olives with your cheese plate, spice it up a bit. Plus, you’ll get to feel extra fancy when people ask you what it is, and you get to reply oh just some “tapenade I whipped together.”

paleo keto olive tapenade in bowl being dipped with paleo crackers

Nerdy Health Stuff

Olives, olives, olives. First off, did you know olives are technically a fruit? Yup, they grow in trees and are closely related to cherries, mangoes, and peaches. They are a key part of the Mediterranean diet, which some experts believe is one of the healthiest lifestyles. The production of olive oil accounts for 90% of the regions olives. Olive oil and it’s benefits have been studied for decades. Many of which suggest that olive oil can reduce the risk of overall inflammation and heart disease. Polyphenols have been studied as well and repeatedly show a reduction in chronic inflammation in our bodies. These potent chemical compounds have also proven to improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Olives are mostly fats, which is unique for a fruit. Roughly ten olives (100G) contains 10Grams for fat. The only similar fruit is an avocado, which has about 15G of fat per 100g. Both of these fruits are high in fat and have very little carbs, making them an excellent choice for those following a low carb/high fat diet. A while ago, the media and advertising agencies demonized fats, and so people turned to carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods as alternatives. What we now know is that people who eat lots of healthy fats like olives consume fewer calories. These people also report less belly fat, lower BMI, are a decreased risk of heart conditions, and are diagnosed with less chronic diseases.

paleo keto olive tapenade from above in blender

Tips, Recs, Subs

  • Olives – Use any olives you want here. However, fresh is always best! You should be able to find fresh olives in the deli section of your local supermarket.
  • Garlic – You can use fresh garlic, just roughly chopped. Or use a tablespoon of pre cut garlic.
  • Anchovies- Traditional tapenade has anchovies, but I left them out simply because I don’t like them. Feel free to add some.
  • Any food processor or high speed blender will work. I just threw all the ingredients into my Ninja Bullet. I love this thing and use it ALL the time. It’s one of the kitchen appliances I leave on the counter because I use it so much. I linked it below.

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Paleo Keto Olive Tapenade

A delicious olive dip that can used as appetizer, or to top crudites or to serve with fish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • High speed blender or food processor


  • 1 Cup Fresh Olives (I used green and kalamata)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Handful Chopped cilantro
  • 2 Teaspoons Capers (optional but recommended)


  • Add all ingredients to food processor or high speed blender. Pulse until a thick paste has formed. Serve as a dip, with crackers or crostini. Can also be used to coat fish as a marinade. Best served chilled, store in the fridge.
Keyword appetizer, dips, keto, olives, paleo

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