Olive Tapenade and Cream Cheese Sandwiches are the new PB & J! They’re full of flavor and a great option to switch things up for school lunch this year. 

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My middle child, Chloe, is capital “O” obsessed with Olive Tapenade and has been from a young age. I think it’s because I had major cravings for briny olives when I was pregnant with her, but hey, I’m no scientist. Perhaps it’s coincidence! Regardless, the girl loves herself some olives and olive tapenade, so I’ve been making this Olive Tapenade and Cream Cheese Sandwich for her since she was first starting school. 


Like I said, this sandwich is the new PB & J. It’s extremely simple to make (especially if you get store bought olive tapenade), but even if you make it homemade, it’s still super easy to whip this sandwich up to send with your kids to school this year. It’s always fun to introduce new tastes and textures to kids, and this sandwich is a good one to do that with. 


Sure, a sandwich for lunch isn’t re-inventing the wheel. They can be boring if you let them be, but a thing I love about sandwiches is that they’re the perfect blank canvas for creating something fun for your kids. Cut them into fun shapes with cookie cutters like these homemade Uncrustables, use your spreads and toppings to make silly cute faces for Animal Face Toast, toss them in the waffle iron to give them some extra crunch and make Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches. There are so many possibilities, so let your creative side take over! 


Making lunch fun is one of my passions. I wrote a whole book about it which you can get here! Plus, I’ve shared a ton of my favorite school lunch gear in this post to help get you started. It doesn’t have to be a chore. With just a few tricks up your sleeve you can set yourself up to be a school lunch pro. Happy lunching! 


Olive Tapenade and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Olive Tapenade and Cream Cheese Sandwiches are the new PB & J! They're full of flavor and a great option to switch things up when you're in a school lunch rut.
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Course: lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive tapenade
  • 3-4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese


  • Spread olive tapenade on one slice of bread and whipped cream cheese on the other slice.
  • Place together to make a sandwich. Cut into desired shape using a knife or cookie cutters.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 2mg
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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