Recipe by Joan Nathan

Cashew Tapenade

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Easy Easy
6 Servings


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My favorite appetizer from Allan’s birthday party was the cashew tapenade with garlic, honey, thyme, and olive oil. No matter where I serve it, people love the unexpected combination of flavors. This dip will always remind me of Allan and our last family trip together.

Makes about 1 cup


Cashew Tapenade

  • 1 cup (150 grams) raw, unsalted cashews

  • 4 or 5 sprigs of fresh thyme (to taste)

  • 1 large clove garlic

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Gefen Honey

  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon Haddar Kosher Salt

  • freshly ground black pepper



Put the cashews into a skillet set over medium-high heat and dry-roast them, watching and stirring, until they are light brown and fragrant, about five minutes.


Remove the stems from the thyme sprigs and put the leaves in a food processor with a steel blade, along with the garlic, honey, olive oil, a third of the cashews, the salt, and pepper to taste. Pulse until the garlic is pulverized and the olive oil absorbed. Add the remaining cashews, and pulse until the mixture is slightly chunky. Adjust seasoning, and serve, topped with a sprig or two of thyme, as a dip with crackers.


You can substitute almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans for the cashews, and oregano for the thyme.


From My Life in Recipes by Joan Nathan. Copyright © 2024 by Joan Nathan. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Photography by Gabriela Herman.
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Cashew Tapenade

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