Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomatoes and Black Olive Tapenade

Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomatoes and Black Olive Tapenade

This is much sweeter than a regular black olive tapenade – so originally I called this Sweet Tapenade.

abitmorvegThis is so simple to make and you can make it with roasted peppers from a jar, meaning you can whip it up with ingredients in the cupboard.  (But it is sweeter if made with your own roasted peppers.) I usually make this as a dip for crisps. You should leave it in the fridge for an hour or two for it to taste best as a dip – or if you had some cream cheese handy you can blend it together with that for a yummy – though not quite so healthy – dip. But let’s face it if you’re having crisps you’re not really thinking about being healthy, hmm? Although you could have it with celery sticks or carrots. I’ve done that. No really, I have.

I should really call this Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomatoes & Black Olive Tapenade as that is pretty much all it contains but it is so much sweeter than a proper black olive tapenade that I thought it best to call it as it is – sweet.

I make this all the time. I always have the ingredients to hand and it’s so useful – you can use it like a ketchup sauce with things or you can mix in some finely grated hard cheese to make a quick (and more full of good fat than the average) cheese spread or if you’re looking for a quick meal stir it into some rice or pasta – with some fresh basil if you’ve got some and a few more whole black olives thrown in. It’s really handy. Not sophisticated like a proper not-so-sweet tapenade should be but tasty, cheap and quite healthy.

I wasn’t going to add a recipe for it but seeing as how I mentioned it in the latest Recipe Inspiration post I thought I might as well. If you try it I hope you find it as useful as I do.

I’m not too sure how long this stuff lasts because I use it up within a couple of weeks but it definitely stays good that long. Just add to a jar or air tight container and keep in the fridge.

Pitted black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted & skinned red bell pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar and cayenne pepper.

Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomatoes and Black Olive Tapenade


  • 180g pitted (& drained) black olives
  • 8 (or so) sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 large red bell pepper, roasted & skinned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 good pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Put the ingredients in a blender and pulse until you have a tapenade consistency. That’s it!
  2. Store in glass jar or air-tight container in the fridge.

roasted pepper
To roast and skin the pepper, cover with oil and roast in a hot oven until the skin is burnt and blistered. Then give it 10 minutes to cool and you will be able to easily pick the skin (and any very charred bits) off with your fingers.
Pulse ingredients in a blender
Pulse in a blender until you have a rough tapenade consistency.
Can be added to dishes or used as a dip. And it’s full of heart-healthy fat.