I’m highlighting no-cook summer recipes starting with this quick and delicious Honey Whipped Goat Cheese with Marinated Olives. Herby and garlicky, these marinated olives are served over sweet, tangy, and creamy honey whipped goat cheese. This is the simplest of appetizers, yet so amazingly GOOD. And the best part? This is a completely no-cook recipe! And for a can’t-fail appetizer, be sure to serve with crusty bread for scooping. Perfect for all of your upcoming backyard parties!
I said this about yesterday’s recipe too, but I really am so excited to be sharing these easy apps with you all. I rarely share appetizer-style recipes. But when I actually take the time to put thought into new appetizers, I get so excited to share them!!!
And I love this dip! To me, goat cheese is so underrated and not highlighted enough. We use a lot of feta cheese, but goat cheese is so special!
It’s creamy and tangy and adds such a yummy, unique flavor to recipes. I love to cook with goat cheese in the summertime. I find its tanginess pairs wonderfully with fresh summer fruits, in-season vegetables, and herbs!
The details are pretty darn simple
The beauty of this recipe really is just how easy and no fuss it is. There’s no cooking involved, very little hands-on prep, and you can even prepare everything ahead of time! In fact the longer the olives marinate, the more flavor they’ll develop.
And that’s where this recipe starts, with the olives!!
I’ve made similar recipes and paired feta cheese with roasted olives. But marinating the olives to incorporate them into summer recipes is equally delish.
First, pick your favorite variety of mixed olives. I find it best to source really good, pitted olives. Buying olives with the pits removed saves a lot of time. It’s simply so much easier and more convenient.
You’ll marinate the olives in a mix of garlic, shallots, herbs, spices, and olive oil. You can use your favorite mix of herbs, but I really love fresh thyme, oregano, and basil.
Marinate the olives for at least 30 minutes. As I mentioned though, the longer you can let them sit, the better! Try to make them the day before you plan to serve them.
Now the goat cheese! Simply toss it in the food processor with a small amount of honey and whip until it’s light and creamy.
If you’ve never had whipped goat cheese, it’s going to become a new favorite. So creamy and tangy in just the right ways. Perfect when paired with fresh summer fruits and olives.
Put it all together
I like to swirl the goat cheese around in a wide, shallow bowl. Then I spoon the olives and marinating oil over top.
Lastly, add some grilled-up ciabatta bread on the side for scooping. Charred bread is a must.
And that’s it!
We all need effortless appetizers to help make entertaining stress-free. Whether you’re gathering just with family, or a special group of friends, easy entertaining is always appreciated!
Looking for other appetizer recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Peach Burrata Crostini with Burst Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette
Charred Baby Bell Peppers with Burrata
Crumbled Feta and Tomato Basil Vinaigrette Dip
Charred Peppers with Marinated Feta and Tzatziki
Lastly, if you make this Honey Whipped Goat Cheese with Marinated Olives, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Honey Whipped Goat Cheese with Marinated Olives
Calories Per Serving: 326 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fig preserves (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup basil chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
- chili flakes
- 2 cups mixed olives, pitted
- 1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
Honey Whipped Goat Cheese
- 1 log (10 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2-3 tablespoons honey
- sea salt
- 1. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fig preserves, garlic, shallots, lemon zest, basil, thyme, and chili flakes. Add the olives, then add the sun-dried tomatoes with oil and toss to combine. Let sit 30 minutes or up to 5 days in the fridge. 2. Meanwhile, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The goat cheese mix can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, but bring to room temp before serving.3. Spoon the goat cheese into a serving bowl, then top with the olives and marinating oil. Serve with fresh herbs, bread/crackers.
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To Make Ahead: the olives can be made up to 5 days ahead of time and kept in the fridge. The goat cheese can be made up to 3 days ahead and kept in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
This is unbelievably delicious. Thank you for this flavor bomb!
Happy Monday!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it! xx
So delicious! Thank you for sharing!
Happy Monday!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for trying it out! xx
An impressive and easy appetizer for any season. Truly thought it was one of the best appetizers I’ve enjoyed. The flavor profiles were amazing and it’s relatively easy to make.
Happy Sunday!😃 Thanks so much for trying this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was enjoyed:) xT
That was the star of our gathering last night!!! Everyone just raved about it.
Happy Sunday! 😃 Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx
I made this for our Christmas Eve Celebration. Oh my goodness, Tieghan, this is the best appetizer ever. My entire family adored it — we couldn’t get enough! The flavor profile is amazing. I cannot wait to serve this again. Thank you for upping my appetizer repertoire so wonderfully
I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Happy New Year! 🎊🎈
could you make this dip hot? perhaps bake in oven?
Sure, that would work for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
Made for Christmas Eve and was a hit! Olive recipe definitely yields enough to make two batches. Picked up some more goat cheese and cream cheese to do another serving on Christmas Day. Super good!
Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try! xT