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Olive Zucchini Spread Recipe

Olive Zucchini Spread Recipe

Zucchini tends to spread—across bread, crackers and veggies—when this recipe is served at a reception, potluck or casual get-together. It makes enough to satisfy a crowd. —GaleLynn Peterson, Long Beach, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:48 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 French bread baguette, sliced


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients; beat until blended.
  • 2. Transfer to a serving bowl; cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve with baguette slices. Yield: 6 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 43 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 fat

Reviews for Olive Zucchini Spread

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

""Soo yummieee

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Left out olive oil. I loved this recipe, you dont know its zucchinni"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

"After some tweaking, got to a crowd pleaser . Only 1 cr. cheese, 1.5 cups zucchini, 3 Large cloves garlic, & 3 minced jalepenos were added to the other recipe ingredients which I did not reduce. Best made day before for flavor development."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"It only says 8 cloves of garlic in this recipe, not 18, but I am going to use 4.and grate them finely. It sounds yummy!"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"I substitute 2 cans Cannelinii beans for the cream cheese. I pureed the beans in a food processor using a bit of the liquid from the veggie mixture and a splash of extra olive oil for richness . This variation made it this a non-dairy, gluten -free, vegan and delicious."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"Made it a few times, always turned out great,

I only used 1 pkg, of cheese & 1 cup zucchini, the rest the same, except 4 cloves of garlic.
I even loved the leftovers, great on bread!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Fantastic! I love Garlic but if you are serving this to a large group of people 4 cloves may be a better amount."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"I like zuchinni almost any way but this is the best use I've found for it. Oh, my goodness! It is addictive! 8 cloves of garlic is pretty potent. Just right for us but anyone stepping in the room can smell it!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"This will make your taste buds perk up and try to figure out what kind of ingredients are in this spread."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I made the and the whole family loved it. I used three variations. I used 10 cloves of garlic. I used a high grade of Greek olive oil, I cut down on the cream cheese and added plain Greek yogurt. The yogurt gave it a little tartness and made it more spreadable. Next time I make it I am going to add some lemon juice and a little fresh chopped thyme to give it more of a Greek identity."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"Everyone loved this wonderful appetizer; always looking for different ways to use zucchini from my garden!"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"We apologize for an error in this recipe. It should be 8 cloves of garlic (instead of 18). That may still seem high to some, but this makes 6 cups of spread. You can always start with less garlic if desired.

This error will be corrected soon.
Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"not real sure at this point"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I love garlic, but I'm going to try 2 (1 per brick of cream cheese) to start with. The only way I could see 18 cloves is if you were roasting it-then it has a very mellow flavor."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"My suggestion would be to just add garlic cloves individually until you like the taste. I want to try this and that's they way I am going to do it."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"18 cloves of garlic would kill any conversation. I wonder if there was a typo and they only meant 1 clove."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I agree. Until someone addresses the 18 cloves of garlic, I'm not likely to try this recipe. Too bad, too, because I have a big crowd coming over for football this weekend!"

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