How do you make the perfect tapenade for your breadboard?

Welcome to this blog post where we show you how to make the perfect tapenade for your breadboard! We understand that choosing the right spread can make your moment of enjoyment even more special. That is why we are happy to share our knowledge and tips with you, so that you can enjoy a delicious and tasty addition to your bread board. Keep reading to discover how you can easily prepare this delicious tapenade yourself!

Introduction to Tapenade

tapenade is a delicious Mediterranean spread that originates from the sunny regions of southern France and Greece. It is a mix of olives, capers, anchovies, garlic, olive oil and herbs that together form a spicy and tasty paste.

Ingredients and Variations

  • Olives: The main ingredient of tapenade. Kalamata olives from Greece or black Niçoise olives from France are often used for their intense flavor.
  • Capers: Add a salty and spicy touch to the tapenade.
  • Anchovies: Provides an umami flavor that enhances the other ingredients.
  • Garlic and Herbs: For extra aroma and depth.
  • Olive oil: Binds the ingredients together and provides a creamy texture.

Popular Variations

  1. Black olives Tapenade: Made from ripe, black olives for a rich and intense taste.
  2. Green Olive Tapenade: Based on green olives and often refined with lemon or thyme for a fresh twist.
  3. tomato Tapenade: A Mediterranean variant with tomatoes as the main ingredient for a sweeter taste.

Brands and Products

  • Casa Rinaldi Black Olive Tapenade: Famous for its rich and creamy texture with the perfect balance of salt and spice.
  • Roullier Blanc Green Olive Tapenade: An elegant option with a refined taste that is perfect for dipping or spreading.

Remark: Tapenade is versatile and can be served as a dip for bread, combined with cheese on a snack board, or as a seasoning in pasta and salads. Try one of the different variations and discover your favorite!

Essential Ingredients

For a delicious tapenade you need the following essential ingredients:

  • Black olives: Choose ripe, juicy black olives such as the brand's Kalamata olives Rea for an intense taste.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Use the Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a rich and full taste.
  • Capers: Add a little salty bite with capers, for example Royal.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves from the local market provide a spicy touch.
  • Anchovy fillets: Choose the Rio Mare anchovies for a deep umami flavor.

Where to find it

To find the best quality ingredients, we recommend the following locations:

  • Delicatessen shops: Go to a local deli for authentic products.
  • Online specialty stores: Order ingredients from specialized web shops such as The Taste of Italy for a wide choice.
  • Farmers markets: Visit farmers markets for fresh and seasonal ingredients from local suppliers.


Do you want to make your tapenade unique? Then try these variations:

  • Sun-dried tomato tapenade: Add sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil for a Mediterranean twist.
  • Spicy tapenade: Mix red peppers and smoked paprika for a spicy version.
  • Walnut tapenade: Add roasted walnuts and honey for a sweet and nutty flavor.


By choosing and combining the right ingredients, you can vary endlessly with tapenade. Experiment with flavors and textures to find your perfect recipe and enjoy this delicious spread on fresh bread, crackers or as a dip!

Step-by-step recipe for making tapenade


  • 200 g black olives, for example Kalamata olives from the Del Monte brand
  • 50 g capers, such as those from the Hengstenberg brand
  • 2 cloves garlic, fresh and finely chopped
  • 4 anchovy fillets, from Roland
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, from the Jumbo brand
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, such as Bertolli
  • A pinch of black pepper

Preparation method

  1. Place the olives, capers, garlic and anchovies in a food processor or blender.
  2. Add the lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Mix everything into a smooth puree. Add additional olive oil if necessary for desired consistency.
  4. Season with black pepper.
  5. Serve the tapenade on toasted baguette or as a dip with vegetable sticks.

Tips & Variations

  • Add a handful of fresh herbs, such as basil or parsley, for extra flavor.
  • Use green olives instead of black for a unique twist.
  • Experiment with ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes or walnuts for different textures and flavors.

Benefits of homemade tapenade

  • Fresher and tastier than ready-made options.
  • You can adjust the ingredients to your preference.
  • It's simple and quick to make, perfect for last-minute snacks.

With this step-by-step recipe you can make delicious tapenade in no time that will surprise your guests. Try the different variations and discover your favorite flavor combination!

Breads and side dishes

When serving homemade tapenade on a bread board, it is important to choose bread types and side dishes that complement and enhance the flavors of the tapenade. Here are some suggestions:

  • Different types of bread:
    • Rustic baguette from the local bakery, such as 'Artisan Sourdough loaf from Bakkerij de Vries'
    • Multigrain bread with sunflower seeds, for example 'Wholegrain Multiseed Bread from Bakery Heerlijk & Gezond'
    • Sourdough bread with olives and rosemary from 'Bakery Brood & Zo'
  • Crackers:
    • Whole wheat spelled crackers from 'Crispy & Healthy'
    • Spicy cheese crackers from 'Snackmeester'
    • Sea salt crackers with linseed from 'Croccanti'
  • Other side dishes:
    • Roasted nut mix from 'Notenkraam de Seduction'
    • Dried figs from 'Fruit en Zo'
    • Grilled vegetables, such as zucchini and peppers

Combinations and flavor enhancement

To make the best of the tapenade, here are some combinations that are sure to please:

  • Black olives Tapenade with sourdough bread and spicy cheese crackers
  • Sun-dried tomato tapenade with multigrain bread and roasted nut mix
  • Artichoke tapenade with rustic baguette and dried figs

You can also combine the tapenade with a glass of red wine, such as a Merlot or Shiraz, to complete the taste experience.

Important: Make sure the bread board is beautifully presented with small bowls for the tapenade and side dishes. Also consider napkins, cocktail sticks and possibly decorative elements such as fresh herbs or flowers to complete the whole.

Discover our tips for the ultimate tapenade!

After following the steps in this blog post, you will be ready to make the perfect tapenade for your breadboard. Experiment with flavors and enjoy this delicious and simple dish during your next drink or brunch! Have fun and enjoy your meal!

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What ingredients do you need to make tapenade?

To make tapenade you need the following ingredients: black olives, capers, anchovy fillets, garlic, olive oil and possibly lemon juice and herbs to taste. You can also play with the proportions of these ingredients to make the tapenade exactly to your taste. Good luck making your own tapenade!

How should you prepare the ingredients for tapenade before mixing them?

To make tapenade, you must first prepare the ingredients before mixing them. Start by chopping olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and herbs. Then add olive oil to make the tapenade smooth. You can also add lemon juice or vinegar for extra flavor. Mix all ingredients well and don't forget to taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy your homemade tapenade! Good luck!

What are good herbs and seasonings to add to tapenade?

Good herbs and seasonings to add to tapenade include garlic, fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme, and spices such as paprika and cumin. Black olives, capers and anchovies are also popular ingredients that add extra flavor to a tapenade. Good luck making your delicious tapenade!

How long can you store tapenade and how?

You can store tapenade in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 weeks. Make sure to store it in an airtight container to maintain freshness. Stir the tapenade before use and always check the expiration date of the ingredients you used. This way you always enjoy the delicious taste of your tapenade!

Can you use different types of olives in tapenade and does that make a difference in taste?

Yes, you can use different types of olives in tapenade and this can certainly make a difference in taste. Each olive variety has its own unique flavor profile, ranging from mild and buttery to spicy and salty. By combining different types of olives, you can enrich the taste of the tapenade and create an interesting and balanced flavor creation. So feel free to experiment with different olive varieties to find your favorite flavor combination. Have fun cooking!

What type of bread is best to serve with tapenade?

The best type of bread to serve with tapenade is baguette. The crispy crust and soft inside of baguette are perfect for bringing out the flavors of the tapenade. In addition, baguette absorbs the oils and flavors of the tapenade, making every bite a delicious taste sensation. Enjoy it!

Are there alternative ingredients you can use to make tapenade for people with special dietary needs?

Yes, there are alternative ingredients you can use to make tapenade for people with special dietary needs. For example, if someone cannot eat nuts, you can replace them with seeds such as sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. You can also use olive oil instead of cheese for a vegan version. Don't forget to take into account any allergies or dietary restrictions of the person you are making the tapenade for.



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