Green olive and artichoke heart tapenade

Green olive artichoke and walnut tapenade

I’ve been making this green olive tapenade for years now.  The original recipe comes from Moosewood New Classics,  which is a great book for family friendly vegetarian food.  This tapenade never fails to impress but it is dead easy to make and can be pulled together in minutes.

The original recipe calls for the walnuts to be toasted but I stopped doing that after I had too many disasters when I got distracted and burnt the nuts when toasting them in the oven. It’s just not worth the heartbreak. I also realized that it is highly unlikely that any of the high-end gourmet dips we pay so much money for would ever toast the nuts they put in their dips or pesto.  If I need to toast nuts now I toast them in a cast iron pan so at least there in my sight at all times. You can toast the walnuts if you’re a stickler for details but I swear it won’t be any less delicious if you omit that tedious step.

Since Maggie Beer single-handedly converted the foodies of Australia to verjuice, I pretty much always have some on hand as a pantry staple. I usually use verjuice instead of lemon juice in this tapenade. That eliminates yet another step of juicing the lemons. But if you don’t have any verjuice just use lemon juice.  I also like to add some chilli flakes for that little bit of extra zing.

Green olive artichoke and walnut tapenade with bread

Green olive and artichoke tapenade.

  • 5 marinated artichoke hearts (drained)
  • 1 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup of pitted green olives
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest (optional)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice or replace with verjuice
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  1. In the small bowl of a food processor, pulse artichoke hearts, walnuts, olives, garlic, parsley, chilli flakes and lemon zest until they are evenly chopped but not smooth.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the processor, then pour in olive oil and lemon juice or verjuice. Process until a cohesive but not too smooth paste.
  3. Season with black pepper to taste.
  4. Serve at room temperature.  Tapenade can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free


  1. Penniless Veggie says:

    Lovely tapenade, lovely blog and lovely pics!

  2. I love the idea of artichoke hearts in the tapenade – I made green olive tapenade the other day, first time this summer. You are right, it is so easy, especially if you use marinated olives that already have some chilli and garlic in them! Next time will include the artichoke hearts too, it sounds divine.

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