Kalamata Olive Tapenade

If you are looking for a healthy snack, this recipe is for you.  Keep it in your archives, because it is a quick and tasty recipe for very little work.  It only has four ingredients, but tastes rich and complex.  This dip is versatile.  Spread on tortilla with turkey, peppers and lettuce as shown, use as a spread on crostini or as a dip with vegetables or pita chips.   You can even serve it as a starter for a Greek or Mediterranean themed dinner. 

Kalamata Olive Tapenade
3/4 C. Kalamata olives, pitted
3/4 C. cream cheese
2 cloves garlic
1 T fresh lemon juice

Directions:  Put olives, cream cheese, garlic and lemon juice in Cuisinart and pulse until desired consistency.   Olives are cured with salt already.  If you think you need to add some salt, use it sparingly.  After mixing, place in decorative bowl and serve up as desired.  Your guests won’t know what hit them! 
Picture courtesy Jolene Hansen 2009
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