The Ultimate In Salty And Sweet Olive And Fig Tapanade

Olive and Fig Tapenade

Do you like the taste of salty and sweet together? The addictive combination is incredibly popular for a reason. There is research to show that there are certain sweet taste receptors on our tongues that are activated only when sodium is also present. Whatever the reason, sweet and salty are SO FREAKING GOOD TOGETHER and this olive and fig tapenade is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this mouthwatering flavor combo.
The ultimate in salty and sweet - Olive and Fig Tapenade

While I’m not averse to salted caramel or chocolate pretzels, there are other ways to get the flavor kick that are a bit closer to nature. Enter Olive and Fig Tapenade. I’m a longtime fan of jam on cheese and crackers but spread a little of this drool-inducing mixture on a rosemary cracker and KAPOW! Your mind is blown.

Olive and Fig Tapenade Recipe

One more little ditty about this tapenade: it’s super easy to make. So go grab your food processor and let’s tapenade!


Makes 1 cup (250ml)

  • 1/2 cup dried mission figs, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/8 cup dried apples or apricots
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp good quality sweet balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp good quality olive oil

Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor and pulse until the mixture is fully blended but coarse. Drizzle in the olive oil and pulse one more time to stir.

Spoon mixture into a short, wide-mouth 250 ml / 8 oz canning jar. Label and refrigerate until party day. Can be made up to 3 days ahead. Serve with crackers or bread and a medium sharp cheese like cheddar or gouda.

Simple but Showy Olive and Fig Tapanade Recipe


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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Deanna at Nature's Footprint
    Deanna at Nature's FootprintAugust 20,14

    This yummy treat reminds me a delicious fig mead I had with whole fig submerged. Could be an elegant and tasty companion to the tapenade…

  2. Bonnie
    BonnieJuly 6,16

    Figgy Question … can this be made with fresh figs? We seem to have a bumper crop of them on our two fig trees this year. Any suggestions on how to preserve the ones we can’t eat before they spoil?

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