Olive Dip (with Cream Cheese)
If you love olives, you have to make this creamy olive dip! It’s made with simple ingredients like olives and cream cheese, only takes 10 minutes to make, and makes an easy appetizer served up with your favorite chips, veggies, or crackers!
There is a reason that dip recipes are so darn popular, they’re (1) EASY (2) DELICIOUS (especially this olive dip) and (3) PERFECT for parties or get-togethers when you need an easy snack to serve.
Olive Dip with Cream Cheese
If you are an olive lover, then you’re in for a treat. While you can certainly serve up a little bowl of olives on their own as an easy snack, sometimes you want to up the ante, you know what I mean? Hence… OLIVE DIP! It’s absolutely fantastic, creamy from cream cheese and a combination of mayo and sour cream.
Let’s take a quick glance at the olive dip ingredients so you know what to have on hand. I love that they are all simple ingredients you might even have on hand already! No hard-to-find ingredients here.
Olive Dip Ingredients: Quick Glance
Just a few ingredients
Olive Dip Recipe Notes
OLIVES: I love green olives so that’s what I used, specifically Manzanilla olives (green olives sold pitted and stuffed with pimento) but this recipe is also delicious with black olives, Kalamata olives, thasos olives, and arbequina olives!
CREAM CHEESE: You can use full fat cream cheese or low fat. Up to you but the cream cheese gives this dip that creamy texture!
MAYO & SOUR CREAM: The addition of mayonnaise and sour cream to the cream cheese gives this dip the perfect creamy texture, but if you want to make it healthier you can substitute one or both for plain Greek yogurt!
CHEDDAR CHEESE: I highly suggest you grate your own cheddar cheese, it’s a creamier texture and richer taste. I love sharp cheddar cheese, but you could substitute in mozzarella, parmesan, or pepper jack!
GARLIC: Add more or less garlic to taste, I find 1 garlic clove to be the perfect amount. If you want to substitute in garlic powder, then 1 clove of fresh equals 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
ITALIAN SEASONING: This gives the dip a richness that I love! You can substitute in Herbs de Provence, Cajun Seasoning, or your own blend of dried herbs.
OLIVE BRINE: Olive brine is simply the liquid in your jar of olives. Just pour some right into the dip. It infuses the dip with a salty olive flavor (hence why you won’t need additional salt).
MAKE IT SPICY: If you love a spicy dip, swap the cheddar cheese for pepper jack cheese, add red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper!
RECIPE FUN FACT: Did you know olives are actually fruits, not vegetables? And did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of olives? About 150 of them are grown for table olives and use in olive oils. Read about the history of olives here.
What to Serve with Olive Dip
Let’s talk about what (and HOW) you can serve up this olive dip. It’s a really creamy dip so it’s perfect with so many “dippers” as I like to call them… here are a few of my faves…
- Add to a charcuterie board or serve on its own!
- Potato Chips
- Tortilla Chips
- Bagel Chips
- Naan Dippers
- Pita Chips
- Vegetable Slices (carrots, celery, cucumbers)
Want to know another reason I love this olive dip? You can also use as it as an olive spread on wraps, sandwiches, toast, etc. It’s creamy, full of olive flavor and there are so many ways to use this easy dip.
— NEED MORE QUICK DIP RECIPES? Try my 3 ingredient easy onion dip and healthy buffalo chicken dip!
Can you Serve Olive Dip Hot?
Absolutely! This green olive dip is delicious baked hot or served cold right from the refrigerator. If you want to serve it as a hot olive dip, then scoop it into an oven-safe baking dish and bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes (or until bubbly and hot). Tip: Add a little extra cheese on top before baking!
How Long Will Olive Dip Last?
This cream cheese olive dip will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator, in an airtight container. That is, if it lasts that long. 😉
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I hope you give this creamy olive dip a try the next time you an easy recipe to serve at game nights, holiday parties or just a fun weeknight snack!
Olive Dip with Cream Cheese
- 1 cup sliced olives (green olives, black olives, or your choice of olives)
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 Tbsp olive brine (the olive juice from the jar)
- Chop olives finely.
- In a mixing bowl, combine together chopped olives, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, shredded cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and olive brine.
- Using a hand whisk, food processor or spoon, mix together the dip ingredients until they are well combined.
- Refrigerate Olive Dip in an airtight container (or covered tightly with plastic wrap) until ready to serve. When ready, pull out of the refrigerator and serve with your favorite crackers, pretzels, or vegetable sticks.
- Optional: Garnish with additional sliced olives, fresh herbs or green onions!
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