This recipe was given to me by a coworker for the holidays. It is best when made with olives purchased at a deli. Serve with your favorite cracker, baguettes or thin italian bread slices.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the black olives, green olives, kalamata olives, and garlic in the container of a food processor. Pulse to chop, then add balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Process until smooth. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight if possible, before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

45.9 calories; 0.2 g protein; 1.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 284 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
This is SOOOOO good. People ask me all the time "what is this"?! I don't use kalamata olives because usaully I forget so 1 use one can of black olives and one jar of spanish olives. I also suggest on uping the oil and garlic(I love garlic) I also added some black pepper it gave it a nice kick. a GREAT party spread so quick and easy Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/18/2003
This is similar to tapenade. Try it with a tuna salad on a tuna salad sandwich or on a sandwich with baked salmon and avocado. If you're near a Trader Joe you can buy a jar of tapenade. Another olive concoction is what TJ calls a Muffaletta also sold in jard. ALL JUST WONDERFUL!! Read More
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56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
This is SOOOOO good. People ask me all the time "what is this"?! I don't use kalamata olives because usaully I forget so 1 use one can of black olives and one jar of spanish olives. I also suggest on uping the oil and garlic(I love garlic) I also added some black pepper it gave it a nice kick. a GREAT party spread so quick and easy Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
This is SOOOOO good. People ask me all the time "what is this"?! I don't use kalamata olives because usaully I forget so 1 use one can of black olives and one jar of spanish olives. I also suggest on uping the oil and garlic(I love garlic) I also added some black pepper it gave it a nice kick. a GREAT party spread so quick and easy Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2006
Very good but I added some ingredients which made it even better. I added a handful of grated Parm cheese and a handful of chopped walnuts. Everybody loved it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2004
Guests ate this up! AWESOME (I love olives) Changes: 2 T balsamic vinegar 1.5 T olive oil 2-3 garlic cloves. For those of you without food processors don't be afraid to use your blender. Just add EVERYTHING all at once or it's too dry to blend properly. Be sure to mince the garlic before adding it to the blender. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/18/2003
This is similar to tapenade. Try it with a tuna salad on a tuna salad sandwich or on a sandwich with baked salmon and avocado. If you're near a Trader Joe you can buy a jar of tapenade. Another olive concoction is what TJ calls a Muffaletta also sold in jard. ALL JUST WONDERFUL!! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2004
I made this for a party- it was very popular! I served it in a bread bowl with baguette slices on the side and garnished with whole olives. The balsamic vinegar adds a great sweet/sour note to the saltiness. If you love olives try this spread! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2008
This is SOOOO yummy! I was trying to emulate an olive spread we would get at a deli near where we used to live. This is a near perfect match! I only used 1 tablespoon of the balsamic because I didn't want it to be too sweet -- I like the saltiness! I am interested to try it with the required amount of balsamic though -- perhaps next time. For serving I toasted some baguette slices spread a layer of homemade Garlic Spread (recipe on this site by CKBK) and then topped with the olive mixture. It was an AMAZING appetizer!!! Will make again. Very pretty too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2004
I just made this for Easter and had everyone asking for the recipe. It's fantastic. You've got to be a big fan of olives though....which my family is. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2010
I just made this and it is wonderful even before refrigeration. I added about one-quarter of a cup of grated parmesean and loved the flavor it added. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2007
I enjoyed this spread. If you are an olive fan you will too! It is a bit salty but that is to be expected with it being 99% olives. I think it would be interesting to try adding some grated cheese to it and maybe not chopping it so finely leaving it a little chunkier. It makes a good amount so cut the recipe in 1/2 for a smaller gathering. Thanks! Read More
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