This deliciously creamy green olive dip is loaded with briny chunks of chopped olives in every bite. My simple olive dip recipe is an incredibly easy appetizer, requiring no cooking, is perfect to make in advance, and only calls for basic pantry staples you may already have on hand! If you are an olive lover, let's get this party started!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Cream cheese
- Mayo - Sour cream can also be substituted.
- Green olives with pimentos - My olive dip recipe will also work with other kind of olives, such as using black olives instead. You can buy olives from the grocery store already chopped, but it is easy enough to just cut them up on a cutting board or in a food processor.
- Garlic - I like the flavor of raw garlic best, but ½ teaspoon of garlic powder can also be substituted.
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
Note: No additional salt is needed for this easy recipe because the salty olives and brine will add enough.
You could customize this recipe by mixing in some blue cheese crumbles as well. The briny flavor of salty olives and blue cheese would make an incredible cheesy olive dip.
Green onions would work well as a garnish, or for a little added flavor.
How to make this easy dip
I make this easy olive dip recipe with cream cheese because the cream cheese creates the perfect consistency when blended with mayo. However, it needs to be softened by warming it in the microwave (or soaking the package in hot water) to ensure it blends smoothly. Otherwise, lumps will form. Once softened, place the cream cheese in a medium bowl and combine with the mayonnaise. Be sure to mix these together well until no lumps are seen.
Note: If your mixture is lumpy, heat it again and stir until the lumps are smooth.
Add chopped olives, garlic, brine, and seasonings to the cream cheese mixture and stir to combine. Your green olive dip can be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator until the party starts.
What to serve with your dip
- Crackers - I recommend serving your creamy dip with hearty crackers, such as Triscuits. Alternatively, Ritz, or your favorite crackers will also work.
- Pita chips
- Tortilla chips
- Vegetables - Although crackers are my favorite way to enjoy this dip, it also works great with fresh veggies such as celery stalks, or carrot sticks and served as a vegetable dip.
- Crusty bread
How to store it
This is a great dip to make in advance. It should be placed in an airtight container and stored in your refrigerator for up to five days. I recommend serving this dip cold. Cold dips that are mayo-based should not sit at room temperature for more than a couple of hours.
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Green Olive Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ⅓ cup mayo
- 1 cup chopped green olives with pimentos
- 1 tablespoon brine from olive jar
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Hearty crackers
- Place the warmed cream cheese in mixing bowl and combine with mayo until smooth and no lumps can be seen.
- Add chopped olives, olive brine, minced garlic, onion powder, and black pepper to the bowl and stir to combine.
- Serve immediately with crackers, or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.