Ruth Reichl's Tapenade, Super Easy and Elegant!

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

If you are familiar with Ruth Reichl, you know that she knows food! This is from "The Gourmet Cookbook" I love this Tapenade. It is wonderful served with fresh, warm french bread, or any artisan bread. Very impressive for dinner guests! This keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Combine olives, garlic, capers and lemon zest in a food processor and blend until smooth paste forms, about 3 minutes.
  2. With motor running, add olive oil in a steady stream and pulse until well combined.
  3. Hint: I use my cherry pitter to pit the olives.
Most Helpful

Absolutely the best tapenade, and so easy. If you're a foodie who likes to read, check out Ruth Reichl's books. Stories of her mom's cooking in Tender at the Bone are hilarious, and her experiences - and disguises - as a restaurant critic in Garlic and Sapphires are fascinating. Thanks for posting this recipe - it really can't be beat.

Fran6 January 24, 2007

Very fast and easy to make. Be careful of the salt in the olives. I also needed far less oil, the full amount would have had it swimming in oil. Literally took less than 5 minutes and that includes cleaning the food processor.

Kasha July 15, 2010

Mmmmmm...I love tapenade, but have never made it from home! Left out the lemon zest (didn't have any) but don't think we missed it. Also, used far less EVOO (just added until it was moistened enough. So delicious!

MrsKnox2016 October 11, 2009