The Best Olive Oil Bread Dip

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An olive oil bread dip so good you won’t want to share it! You might even end up eating the entire loaf of bread.

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The Best Olive Oil Bread Dip

Do you remember the first time you dipped bread in olive oil and balsamic vinegar? No? Just me? Ok then.

Well, I’ll tell you about the first time I dipped an oil-absorbing spongey inside, crispy outside piece of bread in a heavenly mixture of robust olive oil and tangy balsamic vinegar.

Hand holding bread dipped in olive oil

When I was a kid, I complained to my Dad about how hungry I was while he was making dinner. You know—like—”Daaaaddd I’m starving” so Dad puts a plate of olive oil mixed with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a few slices of french baguette in front of me. As soon as I tasted it, I was in heaven.

French baguettes were our thing. Every Wednesday when my Dad would pick me up from school he would bring a fresh baguette from one of our favorite bakeries. I sat in the backseat tearing pieces off and getting crumbs everywhere.

Fast forward like 15 years and I’m still noshing on fresh bread and homemade dipping oil before every meal. Although, I’ve jazzed it up a bit since then.

Olive oil being poured on a plate

When I go to a restaurant, I always find myself judging the quality of my meal before it even comes out—all based on how good or bad the bread and olive oil situation is. Do you do this too? Tell me in the comments!

Bread and olive oil

I took a poll on my Instagram and found that I wasn’t the only one who did this, 254 people said they agree that if the restaurant has great bread and olive oil, it’s going to be a good meal.

The ingredients that make this olive oil bread dip so addicting are the crushed garlic and Felippo Berio Extra Robusto Olive Oil. I love garlic, and I use it in pretty much everything I cook.

Extra virgin olive oil is the best for dipping oils and I especially love the full-bodied flavor of the Robusto Olive Oil from Felippo Berio. You can find several of Felippo Berios’s products on Amazon starting at about $6.

Felippo Berio olive oil on a marble counter

What is the difference between crushed garlic and minced garlic?

I use crushed garlic in this recipe to prevent garlic overkill and stinky breath! The more you chop garlic, the more “bite” you will get when cooking it. Since this recipe isn’t cooked, we don’t want to overdo it on the garlic element.

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Can I use minced garlic in a jar instead?

You might have a jar of minced garlic in the refrigerator already, but the flavor elements of minced garlic are different from fresh crushed garlic.

Minced garlic in a jar also has less flavor than the clove itself. This is because when you let garlic sit in the refrigerator for several days after breaking down the cell walls and allowing two different chemicals to interact (this happens when you chop it), the effect of that interaction is that, in time, they form sugars.

Two garlic cloves

In short, if you are using pre-chopped garlic that has been sitting in the refrigerator and most likely marinating in olive oil its whole life, the flavor begins to mellows out. If you don’t have a garlic clove, it will do, but the flavor will be different.

Crushing garlic is easy, you don’t even need to peel it! Just separate one clove, lay it on the cutting board, and smash it with the flat end of your knife. Then you can easily pull off the peel. Still not sure how to crush garlic? Well, Martha Stewart does a great job of explaining the garlic crushing process in this post.

Crushed garlic in olive oil dip

If you are looking to store this dipping oil for future use, substitute the fresh garlic for 1/2 tsp of garlic powder.

For this recipe, I used sourdough bread to dip, but you can use whatever bread you like! French baguette, focaccia, or ciabatta bread would all be delicious as well. Anything with a soft and spongey inside with a nice crusty outside is my favorite!

Hand holding a piece of bread

This recipe uses an Italian Herb seasoning blend because all the herbs in this blend are perfect for an olive oil dip recipe and it saves you from having to open six jars of spices!

Olive oil bread dip on a white plate with pieces of bread and a grey napkin

Send a DIY gift basket

DIY gift baskets are so much fun and they make the great gifts!

If you’re looking for a fun gift to send a friend, consider putting a DIY gift basket together with all the ingredients to make their own dipping oil for their favorite bread! You can find all of the ingredients on Amazon, linked below. I even included a cute gift basket to pack it all up in!

You’ll notice I swapped out the fresh garlic for garlic powder so it stays fresh in the mail.

Whole30 olive oil salad dressing

This recipe isn’t limited to dipping bread. You can use it as a light salad dressing or vinaigrette too! I love to use it on simple salads with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Of course, if you are doing Whole30, omit the cheese. You can check out all of my Whole30 tips here.

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The Best Olive Oil Bread Dip

An olive oil bread dip so good you won't want to share it! With this recipe you'll have restaurant quality bread dipping oil at your fingertips.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Bread dipping oil, Vinaigrette
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 128kcal


  • 1/4 cup Felippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Felippo Berio balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp italian herb seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper


  • Add garlic, Italian herb seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to a shallow dish. Then mix in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


*If you're making this olive oil dip to bottle and store, swap out the fresh crushed garlic for 1/2 tsp of garlic powder.
* See notes in post about crushing garlic if you need tips!
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Nutrition Facts
The Best Olive Oil Bread Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 296mg13%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

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