Who doesn’t love bruschetta? I’ve got Italian genes and believe me, this simple, bold and bursting with fresh flavor chickpea bruschetta will please everyone’s tastes in no time.
The possibilities for topping bruschetta are endless, but two things are key: keep it simple and go for quality ingredients! Then all you have to do is rubbing your toasted bread with a garlic clove (don’t skip this step!) and enjoy smashed chickpeas, yummy sun-dried tomatoes, fresh parsley and good extra virgin olive oil.
It’s flavor-packed, vegan, healthy and economical. To me, bruschetta is clever! : )
Plus, smashed chickpeas with sun-dried tomatoes make a scrumptious topping when fresh cherry tomatoes are still out of season and flavorless.
This chickpea bruschetta is really the ultimate and yummy appetizer for any casual spring menu!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:
- Rustic bread or baguette
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Extra virgin olive oil or olive oil
- Salt & pepper
HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKPEA BRUSCHETTA?
- Smash the chickpeas, add chopped parsley, sundried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper
- Cut your rustic bread or baguette into diagonal slices and toast them
- Rub the toasts with fresh garlic
- Top with the chickpea mixture, sprinkle with parsley and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
- Serve immediately and enjoy it!
EASY, HEALTHY AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY:
This chickpea bruschetta is flavorsome, ready in 10 MINUTES, and economical.
Cost of the recipe? Approx $ 3 per 10 servings. I love that, don’t you?
Plus, it’s healthy, packed with protein and that good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil features a long list of benefits to your overall health.
ARE CHICKPEAS HEALTHY?
YES. Chickpeas are nutrient-dense food rich in protein and fiber. According to a study published in the journal Nutrients, people who regularly consume chickpeas have higher intakes of fiber, vitamins A, E and C, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, and antioxidants.
Last but not least, If you go for a good rustic whole grain bread, you get plenty of fiber to prevent constipation, helps control blood sugar and reduces the appetite, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
Research shows that eating three servings of whole grain food per day may help you live longer.
RECIPE TIPS & NOTES:
FLAVOR: when it comes to flavor, I’m obsessed with fresh herbs: parsley, basil, rosemary, thymes, they all smell and taste amazing. And when it comes to bruschetta, freshness and big flavors are not an option!
OLIVE OIL: Go ONLY for extra virgin olive oil or good olive oil, good rustic bread, and fresh ingredients. And please, avoid dry herbs, dry garlic or cheap oil, that would be a bruschetta disaster (don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!).
BREAD: Artisanal or rustic bread is perfect. Toast your bread in the oven or on a BBQ if you can: that smokiness would take it to a new level. Alternately, my favorite way to toast bread is in a frying pan, with just a few drops of olive oil for a delicious and nutty flavor.
This chickpea bruschetta is perfect for a party or a bbq, you can make a large batch of the topping ahead of time, as well as toasting bread slices, but assemble the bruschetta at the last minute, so the bread doesn’t go soft.
If you love this recipe, also check out these super easy and tasty appetizers:
- Smoky cannellini bean on toast
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- 50 easy vegan appetizers, where you’ll find a variety of amazing vegan appetizers including great recipes from other bloggers!
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I would love to hear from you!
Chickpea bruschetta with sun dried tomatoes
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 baguette or rustic bread
- 2 Tbsp chopped parsley leaves, plus extra to serve
- 6 sun dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or olive oil, plus extra to serve
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/4 tsp fine salt, or according to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Smash the chickpeas and add the parsley, extra virgin olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Cut the baguette into diagonal slices (about 1/2 inch thick), arrange in a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 400F until crisp and dry. Alternatively, toast the slices in a pan with a little of olive oil and cook for a few minutes until golden. I love this method, it adds more flavor.
- Rub the toasts with the garlic and top them with the chickpea mixture, sprinkle with extra parsley and drizzle olive oil. Serve immediately.
- HERBS: when it comes to bruschetta, you want fresh flavors, so go for fresh herbs and please, avoid dry stuff.
- OIL: again, flavor, flavor and flavor. Go ONLY for extra virgin olive oil or good olive oil.
- BREAD: Artisanal or rustic bread is perfect. Toast your bread in the oven or on a BBQ if you can: that smokiness would take it to a new level. Alternately, you can toast the bread in a frying pan, with just a few drops of olive oil for a delicious and nutty flavor.
- MAKE AHEAD: you can make a large batch of the topping ahead of time, as well as toasting bread slices, but assemble the bruschetta at the last minute, so the bread doesn't go soft.