Easy to make and even easier to eat, this Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade is a host’s best friend! Serve this tasty spread with crusty bread and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Sun dried tomato tapenade in wood bowl with pieces of bread.

This sun dried tomato tapenade comes together in less than 10 minutes and since it includes ingredients I almost always have on hand, it requires no planning!

This sun dried tomato appetizer is perfect with bread, crackers, or bruschetta, but I also love it as a topping for grilled chicken.

Recipe Ingredients

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Ingredients shown: extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, sun dried tomatoes, and basil.
  • Sun dried tomatoes. I prefer to use the oil-packed sun dried tomatoes for tapenade but you can also use dry packed. If using oil-packed, be sure to drain the oil from them before using.
  • Cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano works particularly well for this tapenade, however, you could use Pecorino Romano if preferred. Since there are so few ingredients here, I recommend using the best quality parmesan your budget allows.

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How to make it

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  1. Grate 1 cup of good quality Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Place 12 ounces of drained oil-packed sun dried tomatoes in a food processor along with 1/2 cup of good extra virgin olive oil, and 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves. (Photo #1)
Recipe collage showing blending of ingredients.
  1. Pulse the ingredients together until combined. If the mixture is too thick, add more extra virgin olive oil a little at a time and pulse until the desired consistency is achieved. Move the tapenade to a bowl and mix in the cheese. Taste test and adjust salt if needed. Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or crostini, and enjoy! (Photo #2)

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Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade

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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade is an easy and delicious 4 ingredient spread that comes together in minutes and is perfect with crusty bread or crackers.


  • 12 ounces oil packed sun dried tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil plus more as needed
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano grated
  • 1/2 packed cup basil leaves


  • Place the drained sun dried tomatoes, basil leaves, and extra virgin olive oil into a food processor and pulse until combined. If too thick, add more olive oil a bit at a time and pulse.
  • Place the tapenade in a bowl and mix in the grated parmesan cheese. Taste test and adjust salt if required. Serve with crackers or crostini. Enjoy!


  • Either dry-packed sun dried tomatoes or oil-packed can be used.  Just drain the oil-packed if using.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days in the fridge.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.6g | Protein: 7.9g | Fat: 18.4g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. BettySue Kearney says:

    I love your recipes and enjoy the way you explain the ingredients and the process.

    Question: After you drain the sundried tomatoes can you measure that drained oil and add olive oil to make up the 1/2 cup of olive oil for the recipe? It would seem the drained oil would have so much flavor to add. I have wondered about using the drained oil in other recipes too. I hate just throwing it away.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi BettySue, you can definitely use the sundried tomato oil! Jim does this in his red pesto pasta recipe and it adds great flavor.