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Classic Cream Cheese and Green Olives Spread

In this post I will be sharing a delicious Classic Cream Cheese and Green Olives Spread, or dip, depending on how you serve it.

What is olive spread? Green olive cream cheese spread can be made with as few as two ingredients but typically around four or so. All very simple and easy to prepare.

The olive spread is one of those classic Southern spreads used for making tea sandwiches for gatherings.

Olive lovers not only enjoy this as a sandwich spread, but also as an easy appetizer dip. This olive dip, with all of its briny flavors, is so wonderful served a variety of ways.

You will want to add this easy recipe to your creamy dips collection and serve it at your next gathering with family and friends.

Olive Spread

Southern cream cheese and olive spread served with raw vegetable sticks and crackers

Doesn’t that look good? Yum! The green olives really add a burst of flavor to this easy party appetizer.

If you are like I am, then you want to know what you are eating. For that reason, when serving this green olive dip, I like to garnish the top with a few sliced olives so everyone knows what they are getting.

What do I need to make Green Olive Spread?

Here’s what you will need to make this creamy olive dip/spread:

  • Cream Cheese – the delicious creamy base for this spread. Cream cheese is great in so many recipes and that is why I recommend keeping a few blocks on hand at all times. Make sure to sit your cream cheese out so that it perfectly softens to room temperature.
  • Sour Cream – adds another creamy layer of flavor to this olive spread.
  • Green Olives – preferable with pimentos are the star ingredients in this dip recipe. The green olives add tangy savory flavor to the creamy spread.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – just a touch for a bit of added flavor and depth, but completely optional.
  • Garlic Powder – adds added flavor to the dip, but also optional.
  • Paprika – completely optional, but I like to add a pinch sprinkled over the dip for presentation.

And, salt. Just kidding…don’t use salt please. You will however need something to serve with your cream cheese olive spread and we’ll talk about that below in the “what to serve” section. So hang with me, friend.

How to make Classic Olive Spread

creaming together cream cheese and sour cream to make an appetizer dip with green olives.
Southern living cream cheese olive spread.

To prepare this classic cream cheese and green olives spread super easy! Grab a mixing bowl and let’s get started!

Start by adding your softened cream cheese to your mixing bowl along with the sour cream, garlic powder (if using) and Worcestershire sauce (if using) then use a hand mixer to cream the mixture together until light and fluffy.

To keep things really simple, I like to use the sliced salad olives. If you don’t have the sliced olives and are using whole stuffed olives, you’ll need to chop them up, either by hand or in a food processor. Be sure to save a teaspoon or so of the olives to use as garnish.

Since I’m using the sliced salad olives, I just add the whole jar with the juices to the cream cheese mixture then use my hand mixer to combine the olives into the creamy mixture. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cooks Note: you can first drain off the olive juices and add in as much as you prefer. We love the tanginess of this green olive cream cheese spread so I just use all of it but that may be overwhelming to some. Adjust as needed and add small amounts of the juice to suit your personal taste preferences.

What to Serve with Olive Spread

bagel chip with olive dip

When you’re ready to serve your delicious olive spread, remove it from the refrigerator about twenty minutes before you plan to serve and transfer it to a serving bowl. Garnish with reserved olives, if you have them, and sprinkle a pinch of paprika over the dip.

Olive spread for crackers: Serve the classic cream cheese and green olive spread with your favorite party crackers, toast points, pita chips, toasted baguette slices or toasted bagel chips.

Olive dip: Serve the creamy olive dip with fresh veggies, vegetable sticks (crudité). Carrots and celery are great options with this delectable dip.

Olive spread for bread: The most traditional way to serve this spread is on bread as tea sandwiches. Spread a layer of the cream cheese olive spread on a slice of bread the add a top slice, cut off the crust and then cut the sandwich into small squares or triangles before serving.

Serve along with other appetizers and finger foods that your guests might enjoy and don’t forget beverage options, like party punch.

Easy Green Olive Dip

cream cheese green olive appetizer dip in a serving bowl.
No lemon juice or olive oil in recipe.

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Yield: 3 cups

Cream Cheese Olive Spread Recipe

Classic cream cheese and green olives spread appetizer served with crackers and crudités

This classic cream cheese and green olives spread is delicious for tea sandwiches or use it as a tangy creamy dip for veggie sticks or with your favorite party crackers and chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 5.75 ounce jar Sliced Salad Green Olives with Pimentos, with juices
  • 1½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Paprika, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl: use a hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder until light and fluffy.
  2. Next, add the sliced salad olives with juices (see post for other options) then use hand mixer to incorporate into the creamy mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve: remove the olive spread from the refrigerator and allow to stand 20 minutes before serving. The olive spread may be used to make tea sandwiches or transfer the spread to a serving bowl and serve with vegetable sticks (crudité), crackers, toast points, bagel chips or chips.

Notes

Reserve a few olive slices for garnish so guest know what type of dip is being served.

See full post for other options and serving suggestions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Barbara Miller

Friday 10th of June 2022

My MIL used to make this. TY for sharing.

Julia Jordan

Sunday 12th of June 2022

Barbara, I hope that you make a batch to enjoy soon. I love green olives and this dip is so delicious. ~Julia

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