Orange-scented Golden Raisin Tapenade

Yields 16 appetizers
By Angela Buchanan, Honorable Mention
The perfect party appetizer with a zesty citrus note and California Raisins. For Diabetes-Friendly, 1 serving is = to 1 carb choice.


  • 1 cup California golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 16 crostini or toatsed baguette slices
  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
  • 16 strips orange zest; for garnish

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 170 (45% from fat); Total Fat 9g (sat 3g, mono 5g, poly 1g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 5mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 19g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 15g; ); Iron 1mg; Sodium 340mg; Calcium 41mg; Potassium 196mg


In food processor, pulse raisins, olives, capers, parsley, olive oil, orange juice and grated orange zest together until coarse paste. To serve, spread about 1/2 tablespoon of soft goat cheese on crostini and mound 1 tablespoon of raisin mixture on top. Garnish with strips of orange zest.

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“Raisins are excellent food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).”
-James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.