This bread dipping oil is going to change your life! It's the best appetizer to make in only 10 minutes and will impress everyone. Serve alongside fresh focaccia or crusty bread to make the best combination.
Bread dipping oil is having its moment across social media and I'm totally here for it! Every time I’ve been seeing bread oil, I’m always left drooling so I had to share my take on it.
We’ve all been to those Italian restaurants where they serve you fresh bread alongside an olive oil bread dip right? The bread oil becomes the star of the night and you can't stop eating it!
Well, the good news is that it's so easy to make at home and it's also super customizable too. Here I've used a mix of fresh and dried herbs, olives and of course a good amount of extra-virgin olive oil. I’ve kept it as a vegan recipe, but feel free to add freshly grated parmesan cheese too.
Take it to the next level and serve it with homemade Focaccia and a Limoncello Spritz to make you feel like you’re all the way in Italy!
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Share plates are always so fun to serve when entertaining. Trust me when I say, this Bread Dipping Oil will be your new go-to dish that will make all your friends and family want the recipe 🙂
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Extra virgin olive oil is of course the star, I mean you cant have an olive oil bread dip without olive oil right! Because of this, use a good quality oil for the best flavor
- Balsamic vinegar is added for a touch of acidity and sweetness. If you don't like the taste, add a squeeze of lemon juice instead
- Olives, I’ve used a mix of green olives and kalamata olives for different colours and flavors. Make sure to buy them pitted which will save you prep time
- Fresh garlic cloves are grated or minced and won't give the same taste as garlic powder for this recipe. You wont need much unless you love it garlicky
- Red pepper flakes or chili flakes are added for a kick! I only like to add a pinch, but if you like it spicy feel free to add more. If you aren't a fan of chilli, add some freshly cracked black pepper instead
- Salt, I recommend adding flaky sea salt as regular salt granules will drop to the bottom of the oil
- Bread….I mean you can't have an olive oil dip for bread, without a loaf of bread 🙂 For me, the best bread to serve it with is Italian bread such as focaccia to keep the Italian theme. You can of course use other bread such as a french baguette, ciabatta, sourdough bread or even crunchy crostini would be amazing!
- Dried oregano is the only dried herb I use as it's stronger in flavor. You can also use italian seasoning
- Fresh rosemary is my preference but you can use dried too. Thyme is also a great substitute
- Parsley is one of the herbs I always suggest using fresh. It brings a lovely freshness and pop of colour to the bread oil
- Basil has the yummiest smell and flavor when it's fresh! I always prefer fresh than dried basil for this oil recipe. It can be a little overpowering though, so I only like to add a few leaves
How to make Bread Dipping Oil
This has to be one of the best appetizer recipes to make and it's all put together in these easy steps below.
- In a bowl add olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Add finely chopped herbs and olives to the bowl. TIP, if you are not planning to serve straight away, you can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time and add to the bowl right before serving so it's enjoyed fresh
- Grate in a garlic clove, add oregano, chili and salt. Stir until well combined. You can also add more olive oil as you prefer as after a while the olives will absorb the olive oil
- All there is left to do is serve with some fresh bread. Nothing beats some homemade focaccia to soak up all that flavour!
Tips and Tricks
- Ensure fresh herbs and olives are diced into tiny pieces. This way, you'll be able to have a taste of all the different flavors with every bite! Also if they’re in large chunks, it will be harder to use as a dipping oil
- Add the herbs and ingredients to the olive oil when its ready to be served. Its best to eat it when its nice and fresh and also at room temperature
- Add more olive oil if you need to as once its been sitting out for a while, you’ll notice the olives will start to absorb the oil. To be honest, it wont even last that long though, haha
- Make a little extra and use it as a salad dressing! Yep I'm not kidding, its so good with a crunchy salad and vegetables with a little extra vinegar or lemon juice
Its best to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil that's rich and bold in flavor. It's the main ingredient in a bread oil so it makes a huge difference
As I’ve used fresh herbs and garlic in my olive oil bread dip, it's best to be eaten when its fresh. The herbs will lose their vibrant colour and flavor and the garlic can spoil. To make it last longer, use dried herbs and use garlic powder instead as they have a longer shelf life
Yes you can! Don’t mix the ingredients into the oil until its ready to be served for the best results
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I love seeing your creations and remakes, so be sure to rate the recipe, comment and share your Bread Dipping Oil photo on Instagram so I can share the love!
Bread Dipping Oil
- 7 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ⅓ cup mixed pitted green olives and kalamata olives
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- Small handful fresh parsley leaves
- 4 basil leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (or more or less depending how spicy you like it)
- Pinch of flaky sea salt
- Fresh bread for serving
- In a shallow bowl, add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Finely chop the fresh herbs and olives and add to the bowl
- Grate in the garlic clove and add the oregano, red pepper flakes and sea salt. Stir well so all the ingredients are combined and serve alongside fresh homemade focaccia or crusty bread
Absolutely delicious!! And the perfect dip to have with bread!!
Oh yay so happy you loved it too Caroline! The best way to have bread 🙂
This is my absolute favourite dip for bread! I've made it a few times already and it is always a hit <3.
I’m launching myself to the stars tonight at my NYE party with this recipe. Hope everyone loves it as much a I do
Enjoy and HNY!!
This is the single best thing I’ve ever tasted in my life. My 2023 is inspired by your website! 10000000000000000/10
Oh yay what a lovely compliment!
This bread oil was so fast to prepare (absolute last minute running out the door) and it was the biggest hit at our team lunch. Taking a basic bread oil and levelling it up with the most simplest of ingredients. I cannot wait to try the other combos and that focaccia mmmmmm yum!
So good for a last-minute appetizer isn't it! Your oil looked amazing lovely, hope you love the other variation too xx
The hit of the party! Will be making this over and over again. Bloody delicious
So good for a party isn't it! So happy you liked it so much Vicki xx
Always love oil dipping recipes
Ditto Lana xx
Wow, what a simple and delicious dipping oil. We served it with fresh warmed pita bread. I will make this again and again.
Oh yummy warm pita would have been so good with it! So happy you loved it Joanie!
The best combination, my daughter can’t get enough! Add the amazing focaccia to dip in the oil and your in heaven!
Hehe love this!! The perfect combo xxx
Can this be made with other flours or just the ones you suggested?
Do you mean other herbs? If so, you can definitely use other herbs too 🙂
So yummy! My mom was so impressed
So happy your mama loved it!!
I made this delicious dip for two different Christmas celebrations and everyone loved it! So easy and elevated from a normal oil and vinegar dip. And so delicious with some Barbari bread. Will be making this dip for years to come, thank you Ayeh!
So happy everyone loved it yay!!!
I made this delicious dip for two separate Christmas celebrations and everyone loved it! So easy and more elevated than a traditional oil and vinegar dip. Delicious with barbari bread, I will be making this dip for years to come! Thank you Ayeh!
Oh yummy I need to try it with Barbari 🙂
This oil is incredible! I served it with fresh homemade sourdough that was still warm from the oven and it was amazing. Next time will try with focaccia. I added parmesan and it was perfect but I can imagine it would be delicious without it too. This will be my go-to starter for whenever I have friends over for dinner now, and I am going to use it as a salad dressing as well as it has so much fresh flavour. Thank you Ayeh for another amazing recipe! ❤️
Oh wow sounds amazing! You are so welcome xx
Delicious recipe! This dip quickly became a hit in our house. We dipped both focaccia and baguette in it and it’s sooo yummy! I’ll be making the recipe over and over again
Ayeh, I’ve never seen my kids gobble up their lunch as fast as they did with this bread oil! My youngest has ordered me to make this every day! Her majesty’s wish is my command and Thank you ♥️
Oh what a lovely compliment!!
Such a delicious recipe!
So glad you loved it Sam!
Delicious! Made it for a girls night and we ate every single drop.
So fun to have on girls night 🙂
Beyond delicious! Thank you for sharing!
You are most welcome Ania!
I made this for a get together with my mum who is certainly not someone who enjoys trying new things, dipping oil included, but she LOVED this. Its so fragrant, fresh and flavoursome. Yummo!
So glad it won over your mama 🙂
I made this the other night instead of my usual starter, me and my bf loved it! It was a nice change and it went so well with warm olive bread. Super easy to make and so tasty. Thank you Ayeh 🙂
yummy the perfect combo
for xmas, i added extra olives and garlic to this recipe and served with homemade focaccia! cant wait to try this again w different types of olive oil
The hit of the potluck!! Absolutely love this recipe. I will be making it regularly.
So great to hear Bailey!!
Make this Christmas Eve, and everyone loved it! It was easy, but lovely and delicious. Will definitely be making it more! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Made this Christmas Eve, and everyone loved it! It was easy, but lovely and delicious. Will definitely be making it more! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
You're most welcome 🙂
All of my fave ingredients in one place? Plus bread? Hell, yes! Thanks for the recipe; it's an absolute keeper on repeat for .. just any occasion and none!
Hehe I feel the same!
Love this!! So easy and delicious
*Be warned this recipe will have you being invited to parties and family BBQ, just so you can bring dipping oil and fresh bread for guests to enjoy*
Paired with fresh bread, or if you have the time to make focaccia (which is superb) this dipping oil is a crowd pleaser. The fresh herbs, and sour pops of olives make it and entree to serve. Believe me, people will be asking for the recipe after - it’s just that good and simple!
Haha love this warning 🙂
This oil was obsessed over by 2 sides of my family at 2 different Christmas events!! I substituted the olives for sundried tomatos, artichokes and some capers like Ayeh recommended and it was incredible!
Oh yummy I love that variation too!
this looks SO GOOD!! i just made your no knead focaccia and my home smells DIVINE. i was curious if i used dried herbs instead of fresh, would it be the same measurements? i know a lot of recipes that say to use less if doing dried instead of fresh and just want to double check! 🙂
Oh yay this is the best combo for the focaccia! Dried herbs are a little stronger so I would start with less and give it a little taste test x
So easy and soooo delicious we had this with your yummy focaccia
Yummy the best combo!
Amazing recipe - so easy to make and delicious.
A perfect dip for freshly baked bread! Thanks for the recipe x
Cínthia Minatel Riguetto
Absolutely delicious and perfect for the summer time!!
So so good and easy to make!
Awesome! Will add roasted garlic next time!
Oh yum yay!!!!
I'm a sucker for a good bread dip. This was amazing!! I think the chef's kiss was the addition of olives. Absolutely divine!
The olives are my fav part too!
This dip will be one I regularly make and bring with when sharing a meal with friends. It is so easy and so delicious! The fresh herbs really make it *chef’s kiss*! Thank you Ayeh for another flavorsome dish! ♥️
Hehe love that Lisa
Made this on Christmas with my family as an addition to our charcuterie board and it was definitely a hit!! Even the kids loved it. So easy to prepare and a fulfilling snack while waiting for the main courses 🙂
1million out of 1 million!!’
Everyone I made this dip for love, loved it! Only complaint they had was…I didn’t make enough! Next time I make it I will definitely double the recipe for sure! BIG, BIG HIT!! Thank you for all your delicious recipes, you’re such a beautiful person. Happy Holidays Ayeh!
Haha what a great complaint 🙂
Made this for new years eve snacks and was a real winner. Such zingy flavours that wake up the palate. Thanks for the great idea.
Yay so glad you all loved it x
The fresh rosemary & basil really make this a wow-wprthy dipping oil! I add a little bit of sumac in this as well - it's excellent
Oh yum I need to try it with sumac next too xx
Well, it has olives. Fresh herbs. Olive oil. A winner!
Hehe my fav combo too!!
Love this recipe perfect for a snack or starter. Absolutely delicious with the mix of green and black olives
So happy you loved it Darcy x
Fantastic idea a starter! Simply delicious.
Delicious recipe and a great idea for NYE appetizer plates!
I love olives.. So this is perfect for me.
I am making it tonight for New Years Eve.
Thank you so much for all your effort and all the yummy recipes you make.
And warm greeting to your lovely mom, God bless her
Love that Hana, thank you so so much xxx
I love olives so much! And you made me love it even more! Thank you
Hehe ditto Lydia 🙂
Added some pecorino Romano to my dipping oil and it was a hit! Love how easily I could whip it up, and my guests thoroughly enjoyed it. I had to make a second batch cause people polished it off too soon. The fresh herbs really make it successful.
What a great compliment Ash, so happy your guests loved it so much xx
This was so simple and delicious. My family loved it.
So glad your family loved it Nicole xx
It’s so nice to be able to make this at home to share with others. So well received & appreciated.✨
So easy & delicious! With a warm focaccia it’s perfect.
The perfect combo!
I just made this Bread Dipping Oil and it’s incredible! It only took a few mins, but the flavors kept me coming back for more. I ate this with naan bread. Can’t wait to make the focaccia to go along with it next time. This would also make a fantastic topping for any protein as well. Thanks Ayeh Xx
Oh yay! Hope you love the focaccia too xx
Thank you for sharing, this was delicious!
So fast and easy! Great for get together! Love it!
Fellow Iranian here, absolutely delicious, love all your recipes xx
Thank you lovely xxx
Quick and tasty!!
One of those moorish ‘dips’ that I couldn’t get enough of!! Easy and delicious and loved the comments from the family about how amazing it was ❤️
So simple and so good. I didn’t have all the fresh herbs on hand tonight unfortunately but it was still good with the dried herbs I used instead. Will definitely be making this again as written, bc I can imagine it will be even better! Thank you!
Dried herbs are still great to use, but yes fresh is a whole new level too 🙂
I made this on Christmas Day as part of our antipasto platter and everyone absolutely loved it. It’s definitely a winner so easy to make and tastes delicious. Will definitely be making this over and over and over again. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes with us
So glad it was a hit!!!
Made this along with the focaccia on Christmas Eve and it was a hit! People wanted more! It’s the best thing since sliced bread!
Hehe love this!!!
My family does not like olives would it be weird to substitute for onions?
I also made another version using sundried tomatoes and artichokes instead and it was great!!
Absolutely love this!! Was a hit for sure
This was delicious and went perfect with the foccacia
The best combo!
Ok… so im putting it out there, but damn, this is the best dip ever! Taste sensation!! Thank you for sharing!!!
What a lovely compliment Candice!!
So full of flavour and delicious Thanks for yet another simple and outstanding recipe
You're most welcome Giulz x
Absolutely delicious and pairs well with Ayeh's foccaicia recipe. Great as a starter to any meal 🙂 thank you for sharing
The perfect combo!! xx
This recipe is fantastic and will be on regular rotation during summer. Looking forward to trying different herb combinations.
The options are endless 🙂
I made your focaccia bread and the dipping oil today for a family lunch. They were both absolutely delicious and so easy to makeI have friends for for dinner in a couple of days and will be making this again for them. Thank you!
Oh so lovely to hear Lee!
The most delicious recipe, my family loved it over Christmas!
Made this Christmas Day and it was a massive hit with the fam!
So yummy! Thank you for a great year of eats, Ayeh!
I use this recipe often and it’s an especially nice addition to add l with charcuterie boards. Def recommend!
Oh yes love that idea x
Loved this amazing dipping oil with your focaccia! Heaven X
The perfect duo 🙂
Warning: this dipping oil is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! We made this on Christmas Eve, along with the Focaccia, and it was amazing. Since my kids are olive-averse, we made dipping oil version 2 by replacing the olives with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and capers. Later, I made grilled cheese sandwiches with this dipping oil spread on the outside or the bread and I was a hero for yet another quick and easy meal.
Haha love the warning! So happy you tried both versions and loved them both xxx
I made this recipe for my family and they loved it. It’s sooo tasty and delicious. Thank you for sharing it.
Wow! There is so so much flavor in this recipe it blows my mind every single time!!! I was a skeptic when I first made this recipe because I don't like olives... I figured I would hate it and even almost omitted them! So glad I didn't!!! So amazing! I may be eating this daily for the rest of my life haha! Thanks so much Ayeh! Chefs kiss!!!!
So happy it changed your mind on olives 🙂
Loved this! So quick and easy to make. My new favourite go-to dip!
Hey! I made this for our Shabbat dinner and we absolutely loved it!! It is so incredible with our customary Friday night Challah bread! We had over 20 guests since it was our anniversary, and it was one of the first things on the table that was polished off 🙂 should have made more! Thanks for this recipe! Happy new year!
Oh would have been so good with challah yum!!!
I made the oil for dipping bread yesterday night. Very delicious. My family really enjoyed it.
I knew another similar recipe, but this one is better.
We licked our chops! 🙂
See you next recipe.
Oh so lovely to hear!
Okay honestly was a little skeptical of the olives but they truly made this so delicious. My guests at NYE devoured this and we had to make a second batch! Absolutely delicious! Enjoyed with some toasted ciabatta and a french baguette
So happy you loved the olives in there 🙂
This is such a delicious and simple dipping oil for any occasion. This is my third time making it. My whole family loves it. Great with your focaccia and crusty bread. Thank you!
So nice to hear you have made it so many times already 🙂
Always looking for recipes for a good dipping oil and this one is out of this world! It’s also easy to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
You are most welcome 🙂
Absolutely DIVINE!! Delicious with the focaccia. We loved ,especially my kids who can be fussy eaters.
I love all your recipes and your positivity is inspiring!!
Thank you so much Noeleen xxx
I made this for my siblings and I, and usually I’m not one to like bread with anything, but man!! This dipping oil was amazinggg!! So flavorful and not heavy. Definitely will be trying more recipes from Hayeh soon! ❤️
Oh yay cant wait to see what you try next!
Absolutely addictive!! Cannot get over how simple this recipe is. We've been having it as our late night snack Amazing!
So good for a late snack 🙂
So easy and so happy to have another vegan dip in my rotation! My family loved it!
Absolutely loved this recipe, so simple ans tasty! Definitely a crowd pleaser!
Amazing to hear 🙂
Huge fan of this bread dipping oil recipe. Becoming a regular creation in our kitchen, yesssss!! Thanks for sharing Ayeh 🙂
I made the gourmet oil on December 31st and it was a hit at the end of year dinner.
Yummy and thanks for the precious recipe.
All your recipes are original.
Happy new Year.
So sweet to hear 🙂
Definitely take a big dip of this with focaccia. Omg *chefs kiss***
Hehe the best duo!
It’s great fresh, but also super delicious as a hangover meal. We had some left over from New Year’s Eve and it was a game charger the following morning!
Oh love this!
Perfect for apero definitely will try it
This was so delicious, thank you for sharing!!
I made this several times since seeing you make it. I could not stop thinking about it after I made it. Sooo delicious and everyone loved it!!
Oh love this!
Perfect guest pleaser when they randomly arrive unannounced! So delicious. We added some sundries tomatoes as well. Delicious
Yummy sounds great 🙂
This is so simple, and so satisfying. I need to try your focaccia recipe to have with it next!
Oh yes! They make the perfect match xx
This turned out delicious! I also threw in a bunch more olives (because they’re my favvv).
Ditto me too!
This is one of the best dipping oil I’ve ever tried. Thanks Ayeh, you’re fantastic!
So glad you loved it Cesy!
So good 🙂
Simply delicious, perfect addition to any grazing table
Oh yes 🙂
Super delicious and so easy to make! Goes so well with bread!
The best 🙂
A bread dipping oil is just a little bit of heaven and this one is the best thing ever (olives lover here) ❤️ everyone should try it!
Oh love this!
So delicious. It is perfect as it is, but I like to add one more tablespoon of balsamic!
The bread dip recipe was easy to follow and is a crowd pleaser for sure. Thank you Ayeh!
So happy you loved it Courtney 🙂
Love this flavor with fresh baked bread. Love all of your recipes and the sunshine you bring in our life ☀️
Oh so sweet of you!
Ayeh, i really loved this dip. It was kinda how i usually put everything i find in my fridge to make a dip. My fav part is to dip the bread and get mesmerized with all the flavours that have to burst in your mouth. Thanks for sharing your love for food and creativity. I actually used it for our wedding party. Lot of love <3
Oh this is so so lovely to hear !!! Congratulations on your wedding xx
Love this! Made this for Christmas 2022 and it was a great hit, everybody loved it! Love recipes like this, easy but full of flavour. Thank you for this one!
So yum! I really enjoyed it, served it with baguette slices and it was a hit! My family has been asking me to make it every night ever since. Thanks for always sharing such easy and delicious recipes
What a lovely compliment! xx
First, it’s important to make the focaccia which is my go to. Everyone loves it. But what would focaccia be without the dip. So good, super easy.
Oh yay love this so much!
Yummy recipe as usual! Keep them
Oh so sweet! So many more to come 🙂
That dip was sooooo freaking good. My family made me make another batch. We literally inhaled it!
Haha love this!!
I LVE EVERYTHING you share on the internet. So easy & quick. Thank you for sharing the delicious foods from your homeland. I grew up eating many of the thing's you've shared. Just a few different ingredients & more Feta usually found in our foods. I'm originally from Croatia.
So wonderful to hear Amida!! xxxx Cant wait to see what you try next xx
I already made this dipping oil a few times and it is sooo good! Really delicious!