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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 tablespoons: 43 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat.

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Haylen User ID: 3214628 231779
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

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

Pammie300 User ID: 7819260 230748
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."

grammy4ever User ID: 8195164 230106
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!"

Cleancook User ID: 7918947 167492
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."

raceywlf User ID: 3872239 161583
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!"

akaufmann User ID: 5117425 161789
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."

dazzling User ID: 5114223 161618
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!"

oneFitzy User ID: 5803125 100226
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."

PBaysore User ID: 5998497 145989
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."

dream builder User ID: 5346456 161559
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

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

KScales User ID: 3262967 162187
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"

Shantyboat User ID: 5087256 208421
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"not real sure at this point"

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 93377
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."

barden47 User ID: 4825440 146541
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."

Mybenson User ID: 3268667 161558
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."

carolmcdowell User ID: 1146839 93092
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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