A good friend made this and let me try it - it was really fresh & unique. So fun on toasted baguette rounds - I loved it. So, what is “tapenade” anyway? To be official, it is a dip originating in the South of France (Provence), made with a base of olives, anchovies, tuna, and garlic. This version of tapenade suits my (less refined) tastes so much better!
Finding a good appetizer for summer is a challenge. With an abundance of fruits and vegetables in season, it’s hard to narrow them down to one that will be memorable in a recipe. This appetizer really is unforgettable.
The fresh asparagus gives it such a vivid color, then the mix of lemon & orange juice really brighten the flavor. I would have never guessed maple syrup was an ingredient - but it makes a difference. A touch of garlic, and just enough red pepper flakes give it just enough zip. Sunflower kernels add crunch and interest.
This is a great combination of color, flavor, and texture.
The toasted baguette rounds gave it a buttery crunch - wow.
Above is a photo of a typical tapenade...
Looks a little less appetizing than the bright green asparagus version don’t you think?
With very little fat and fresh, unprocessed ingredients -
it also scores high as a healthy snack.
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