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Garlicky Olive Tomato Dip

Garlicky Olive and Tomato Dip

This Italian style dip works well with vegetable crudites or Fritto Misto--a fried mix of vegetables, cheese, or fish. Or use it as a sandwich spread, or serve as a Shabbat first course.

You can make this dip ahead of time, just cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

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  • 2 CupsServings


  • 1 whole head garlic
  • ½ cup pitted black or Kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup homemade or good quality mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 

2. Slice ¼ inch off the top of a head of garlic, exposing the tops of the cloves inside. Drizzle cut garlic with 1 tablespoon evoo, and wrap in foil. Place in oven and roast at 350°F for 40 minutes, or until the garlic is lightly browned, soft and very fragrant. 

3. Squeeze cloves of garlic into food processor or blender. Add olives and tomato paste and pulse until smooth.

4. Spoon garlic-olive mixture into a small bowl. Fold in mayonnaise and lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Cover and store dip in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve with vegetable crudites, as a sandwich spread, a dip for Shabbat first course, or with Fritto Misto--a fried mix of vegetables, cheese, or fish.