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Olive Dipping Sauce - A simple but super flavorful way to begin any Italian-inspired meal! Serve with warm, crusty Italian bread and soak up this amazing sauce!

This Olive Dipping Sauce is another easy – but super flavorful – recipe that uses five ingredients or less.  This is our attempt to recreate at home, an olive dipping sauce served at one of our favorite restaurants on Cape Cod called Tomatoes Italian Grille and Bar in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Whenever we dine at Tomatoes, we look forward to starting our meal with a Roman Wedge Salad and some freshly baked Italian bread served alongside this terrific olive dipping sauce!  It’s a simple blend of finely chopped Kalamata olives, a really good extra virgin olive oil, grated Parmesan Reggiano, a pinch of red pepper flakes, as well as salt and pepper.

Olive Dipping Sauce - A simple but super flavorful way to begin any Italian-inspired meal! Serve with warm, crusty Italian bread and soak up this amazing sauce!

Just break off pieces of warm crusty bread and dip the pieces into this wonderful olive dipping sauce!  Give the bread a few seconds to soak up the sauce – and then enjoy!

This olive dipping sauce is so simple – but so good!  And it’s the perfect way to begin any Italian-inspired meal!

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Olive Dipping Sauce - A Family Feast

Olive Dipping Sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


Serve this Olive Dipping Sauce with slices of warm Italian bread


  • 1/8 cup finely chopped Kalamata olives
  • ½ cup high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup finely grated Parmesan Reggiano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and allow to sit for at least an hour at room temperature to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Spoon into in small saucers or shallow bowls.
  3. Serve with slices of warm Italian bread in a basket or on a nice wooden cutting board.


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  • Catherine Hanshaw wrote:

    Can you make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge? And if so how long does it keep?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Catherine – Sure – you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate. You’ll just want to bring it back to room temperature before serving. I’d say up to a week in the fridge should be fine.

  • Mary wrote:

    I had something like this at a restaurant some time ago, it was sooo good! I had completely forgotten about it until I saw your post. Such a great idea, I will have to try making it!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy it Mary!

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche wrote:

    I love this super simple recipe! I LOVE dipping fresh bread into that olive oil and balsamic mix you always get at restaurants – the only thing I can think of that sounds even better is olives with olive oil!! Must try this! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Becca! I love the versions with balsamic added too…Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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