Tomato, Olive, Caper Compote

Tomato Olive Caper Compote

Chloe is well known at our favorite local restaurant for a bunch of reasons. One is that she is probably the only four year-old who orders their signature salad of lettuce, asparagus, mango, shrimp, calamari and capers. This may seem like an unusual combo, especially for a kid, but it's a pretty spectacular dish. Chloe's favorite part, hands down, are the capers and Ed, the chef, couldn't possibly cover her salad with enough of those little, salty tasting orbs to satisfy her craving.

"MORE CAPERS!" Chloe always chirps happily after picking her plate clean of them. The restaurant is small -- 7 or 8 tables total -- and the other patrons often look over at us with a quizzical expression on their faces that says, "did that little kid just ask for more capers?" Our waiter, who by now is hip to Chloe's routine, has preemptively started bringing her an little bowl of extra capers on the side which she always devours with relish.

Capers may seem like an unusual food for kids, but they're incredibly tasty, especially when added to certain dishes for flavor. As capers are one of Chloe's favorite foods, I've been coming up with new dishes in which to use them. For years I've been making hubby and myself a version of this healthy, caper-speckled tomato compote to serve over fish and chicken. It's thick, zesty, rich and flavorful and I finally realized it's also an equally appealing addition to a wide array of dishes for kids. It works great on vegetables, chicken, grilled fish or to toss with pasta or rice.

Or you can be just like my husband who eats it plain with a spoon -- and has to move fast before Chloe picks out all the capers!

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Tomato, Olive, Caper Compote ( serves 4 )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 medium medium tomatoes, roughly chopped (or 1 28oz can diced tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup black olives, quartered
  • 1 tablespoons capers
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.

2. Add the tomatoes, olives, capers, and salt and cook over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.

3. Serve over grilled chicken, fish, pasta or rice.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. 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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  • Stefani

    If you are looking for a dish with capers, you MUST try the Johnny Carinos ANGEL HAIR WITH ARTICHOKES ( Angel hair sautéed with Roma tomatoes, garlic, capers, basil, black olives and parmesan. IT IS AMAZING. I have made it at home, and because the ingredients are so simple, it really does taste just as good at home as it does in the restaurant!

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  • Lorelei

    Is this something that can be served cold? On top of grilled chicken? or even just on toast?

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    • Catherine

      Yes absolutely! All of the above!

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  • Edward Nash

    Looks like easy to prepare, for sure this so yummy...

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