3 Ingredient Medjool Date & Kalamata Olive Tapenade


When it comes to holiday entertaining, as with most things in life, I like to keep things simple.

Having people over to my house already involves so much especially with holidays like Thanksgiving.  There is cleaning to do, a turkey to prepare and of course, side dishes to make.  So, as far as the pre-feast appetizers are concerned, I like to expend as little effort as possible. 

That doesn’t mean that I don’t like them to look yummy or taste delicious.  Of course, the dishes have to be yummy  (why else would you serve them?) and presentation is absolutely key but in my world, you don’t need to spend hours making something in order for it to look like you have your act together.  

Little appetizers as simple as Toasted Goat Cheese & Pecan Sweet Potato Bites and Caramelized Mushroom Polenta Bites are staples.  They’re quick to make, have just a few ingredients and look like they were prepared by a five star chef.  Recently, I came up with another recipe that fits that category as well except it’s even easier to make and has only 3 ingredients: Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, kalamata olives and balsamic vinegar. 

This 3 ingredient Medjool date and kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect holiday party appetizer.  It's gluten free, dairy free, vegan and allergy friendly and takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Bard Valley Natural Delights but as always, all opinions are my own.

It probably seems quite strange to mix together something like Medjool dates and kalamata olives but the flavors actually compliment each other really well.  

If you’ve ever eaten a Mejool date then you’ll know that they’re naturally sweet but happen to be a low index food making them the perfect way sub for added sugars in recipes.  They make a great paleo/vegan “caramel” when processed down to a paste – which I’ve used in both my Chocolate Turtle Dessert Parfait and my Caramel Coffee Dairy Free Popsicles.

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Aside from being sweet (and chock full of magnesium and potassium), Medjool dates also have a meaty texture and taste pretty amazing when mixed with something salty…like kalamata olives for an unconventionally yet tastefully amazing tapenade.  With a quick pulse of in the food processor along with some tangy balsamic, you have yourself a savory snack that’s sure to appeal to both the salty and sweet crowds. 

While it tastes fantastic all by itself, I chose to top the tapenade with some pine nuts for an added nutty crunch along with some thyme…mostly for presentation purposes.  

This 3 ingredient Medjool date and kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect holiday party appetizer. It's gluten free, dairy free, vegan and allergy friendly and takes less than 5 minutes to make!

This 3 ingredient Medjool date and kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect holiday party appetizer. It's gluten free, dairy free, vegan and allergy friendly and takes less than 5 minutes to make!

This 3 ingredient Medjool date and kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect holiday party appetizer. It's gluten free, dairy free, vegan and allergy friendly and takes less than 5 minutes to make!

This 3 ingredient Medjool date and kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect holiday party appetizer. It's gluten free, dairy free, vegan and allergy friendly and takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Medjool Date & Kalamata Olive Tapenade


RECIPE 

Ingredients: 

 

Directions: 

  1. Combine Medjool dates, olives and balsamic vinegar in a food processor.
  2. Scrape into a small serving bowl then top with pine nuts and thyme, if desired. 
  3. Serve along with gluten free crackers or crostini bread. 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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7 Comments

Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
Reply November 13, 2017

I loveee olive tapenades so much. Great idea to add dates!

Deborah Brooks
Reply November 13, 2017

I never would have thought to combine dates and olives either! I bet the sweet and salty are a fabulous combo
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 13, 2017

Hey Annmarie! What a great recipe idea! I love when three ingredients come together so well.

jennifer
Reply November 13, 2017

I saw this tapinade and first thing I started thinking was on a grilled brie sandwich - OMG!

Becca | Rabbit Food Runner
Reply November 13, 2017

I've never made a tapenade before but this is so easy! Thanks for sharing

dixya @food, pleasure, and health
Reply November 13, 2017

this is such a neat idea for tapenade!! i just shared a post today on stress-free holiday hosting, maybe you will find some tips there :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Reply November 16, 2017

I'm a huge date fan, and I love the idea of a sweet and salty mix! So simple-yet-fancy!

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