The Harrisons’ Olivade

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cup


Jill Harrison of Harrison Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, decided to begin pressing olives for oil "just for fun" in the mid-1990s with her husband, Chris Willis. This was one of their favorite dips using the olives they loved and the oil they pressed.


  • 4 anchovy filets, drained
  • 12 clove garlic
  • 2 cups pitted black olives (such as nyons, gaeta or kalamata)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Crusty bread or croustades, for serving


Step 1

Combine anchovy filets and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add olives, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and pulse until a paste forms. Continue to pulse as you drizzle in 2 tbsp. of the olive oil. Season the mixture with pepper to taste.

Step 2

Transfer to a serving bowl, then pour the remaining 4 tbsp. olive oil over the top. Transfer any leftover olivade to another bowl and cover with a thin layer of oil and plastic wrap. (Refrigerated, it will last for up to 1 month.) Not only does the oil preserve the olivade, it is also part of the experience of eating it. Bring it to room temperature before serving with crusty bread or croustades.

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