Makeover Green Olive Tapenade

Green Olive Tapenade

A good appetizer can make a party great. But a few minutes munching at the buffet table can also lead to an excess of calories consumed at the end of the day, which was just what Teresa Spencer worried about with her green olive tapenade.

“This recipe offers an excellent way to create elegant and full-flavored appetizers,” she writes from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. “It’s perfect with wine and other drinks, but a bit too high in fat and calories. Any chance you can lighten it while keeping all the tasty olives?”

It was a challenge, but we did it! Our experts got creative and reduced the recipe’s fat and calories without a single change to the star ingredient. First, the pros decreased the olive oil from 1/3 cup to just 2 tablespoons. To compensate, they added a bit of water to make the tapenade easier to spread and increased the amount of lemon juice to perk up the flavor.

The result is a scrumptious, super-fast appetizer that looks and tastes just like the original. The tangy taste of Makeover Green Olive Tapenade pairs perfectly with French bread at any special event.