This Olive Dip Recipe made with cream cheese and fresh ingredients is unbelievably delicious! Serve it with crostini, fresh bread, or crackers.
This post is all about how to make the BEST Olive Dip Recipe.
While not everyone will appreciate the bold flavor of tapenade, most everyone will LOVE this Olive Dip and the balance that the cream cheese provides. Because it does not include anchovies or capers, the cheeses (like the shredded mozzarella) complement the sharp taste of the olives.
You’ll be amazed at how combining cream cheese, pimento olives, and other fresh ingredients tastes. Also, this dip recipe is incredibly EASY. Add all the components to a food processor, and you’ll be serving this appetizer snack in no time.
However, I can’t stress enough the importance of chilling the dip in the fridge for at least one hour (or several) for extra delicious success. I noticed the more time the olive dip marinated, the better it tasted!
Best Olive Dip Recipe (With Cream Cheese!)
How Long Do Cream Cheese And Olives Last?
This creamy olive dip will last up to one week in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container. Remember, cream cheese is a dairy product that must be kept refrigerated. FYI, Storing this spread in the freezer is not recommended because it won’t taste the same once defrosted.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Pimento Olives, 8 ounces, diced.
- Cream Cheese Brick, 8 ounces, softened.
- Mayonnaise, 1/2 cup.
- Fresh Green Onion, 1/3 cup, chopped. You will need a bit more if you’re garnishing the top when serving.
- Mozzarella Cheese, 1 cup, shredded.
- Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon.
- Garlic Cloves, 1 to 2. If you LOVE a garlicky taste, use two cloves.
Tips: When serving, garnish the dip with extra chopped, fresh green onion. Allow the spread to chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. The longer, the better.
What Other Dips Are Made With Olives?
Olive tapenade is a classic dip spread that consists mainly of olives, anchovies, and capers. As mentioned earlier, this olive dip recipe with cream cheese differs from tapenade because of the cream cheese and mozzarella cheese components.
If you enjoy hummus, check out this olive dip hummus recipe. It includes chickpeas and tahini but with no cheeses.
How To Make This Olive Dip Recipe, Step-By-Step
Step 1: Chop the pimento olives and green onion. You’ll need one cup, aka 8 ounces of chopped olives.
Step 2: Measure and add all ingredients to the food processor or a mixing bowl. A food processor is highly recommended because it’s so easy to combine cream cheese with other ingredients. BUT if you don’t have one, use a spatula and make sure you take the time to mix and incorporate the ingredients well.
Step 3: If using a food processor, pulse the processor until the cream cheese is smooth and combined with the other components. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl as needed.
Step 4: Transfer the olive dip to a serving bowl and cover it with plastic wrap before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
Step 5: When ready to serve, garnish the top of the dip with fresh chopped green onions.
How Should I Serve This Olive Dip Recipe?
Crackers, sliced fresh bread, or crostini taste fantastic with this dip. This spread is so delicious you can’t go wrong in how you serve it. I bought these “Everything Bagel Chips,” which were insanely good!
FAQs, Tips & Variations For This Olive Dip Recipe
How Long Is Olive Dip Good For In The Fridge?
Store the dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy it for up to one week.
What Dip Is Made From Black Olives?
Black olive tapenade, or you could substitute black olives for green olives in this recipe.
Is This Olive Dip Recipe Kosher?
Not exactly. Unprocessed olives are inherently kosher, but most olives are soaked in a brine (like vinegar and other acids) to preserve them.
Can I Use Other Types Of Olives, Like Black Olives Or Kalamata Olives, For This Recipe?
Absolutely! You can use whatever olives you prefer.
Is This Recipe Mediterranean?
While olives are historically known to originate from the Mediterranean region, I wouldn’t consider this cream cheese dip a Mediterranean recipe. I would consider it more American because of the mayonnaise and cream cheese components.
Can I Bake This Olive Dip Recipe?
Yes! Place the dip in a baking dish at 350 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
What Variations Can I Try For This Appetizer Dip?
Can I Make This Recipe In Advance?
Of course! This recipe is best if you can make it the day before or at least four hours before serving. The longer the dip chills in the fridge, the better it gets!
What Are The Best Tips For This Olive Cream Cheese Spread Recipe?
Make sure you allow time for the dip to chill in the fridge, use fresh ingredients as listed in the recipe, and make sure the cream cheese has softened because this will make it much easier to mix.
Does This Green Olive Dip Taste Good Hot?
It depends on what you like. I love it chilled, but some prefer it hot. Heat a spoonful in the microwave and taste test.
Can I Make This Olive Dip Without Mayonnaise?
Yes! Try substituting the mayonnaise with sour cream.
What Is The Best Way To Store Olive Dip?
The refrigerator is the best way to store this olive dip. I DO NOT recommend freezing this spread.
Fun Fact About Olives:
Olives are considered to be a fruit, NOT a vegetable. My mind was blown.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
- It’s INSANELY delicious.
- EASY to make.
- AND your guests will think you’re a foodie genius.
Olive Dip Recipe
- Food Processor
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Good Chopping Knife
- Serving Bowl
Ingredients You'll Need For This Olive Dip Recipe
- 8 ounces Pimento Olives, diced.
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese Brick, softened.
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup Fresh Green Onion, chopped. You will need a bit more if you’re garnishing the top when serving.
- 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded.
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Garlic Clove. If you LOVE a garlicky taste, use two cloves.
How To Make This Olive Dip Recipe, Step-By-Step
- Chop the pimento olives and green onion. You’ll need one cup, aka 8 ounces of chopped olives.
- Measure and add all of the ingredients to the food processor or to a mixing bowl. It’s highly recommended to use a food processor because it’s so easy to combine the cream cheese with the other ingredients. BUT if you don’t have one, use a spatula and make sure you take the time to mix and incorporate the ingredients well.
- If using a food processor, pulse the processor until the cream cheese is smooth and combined with the other components. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl as needed.
- Transfer the olive dip to a serving bowl and cover it with plastic wrap before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
- When you’re ready to serve, garnish the top of the dip with fresh chopped green onions.
Final Thoughts On This Olive Dip Recipe
This Olive Dip Recipe with cream cheese and fresh herbs is the ultimate party dip! If you LOVE olives and tapenade, then you will LOVE this recipe. Please share with friends and family if you enjoyed it!