easy crostini chickpea salad recipe on a white platter with lime and thyme garnishes

What Is Crostini?

Crostini are Italian appetizers made from small pieces of toasted or fried bread served with a topping.

I am all for a quick and easy recipe and this crostini surely delivers. The combination of chickpeas, black beans, corn, and olives make the perfect high-protein appetizer. Also, check out my recipe for Chickpea Salad Sandwich. 

Can Crostini Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely, here is how you do it, prepare the toasted baguette slices ahead, cool completely and store in an airtight container for at least two days.

You may need to crisp up the toast just before serving if the air is humid. Prepare the chickpea salad and store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Add the chickpea salad topping to the crostini toasts just before serving.

I used Schar’s Gluten-Free Vegan Baguette for the recipe, so this recipe is perfect if you are gluten-free and vegan. 

How To Make Chickpea Salad Crostini?

Take baguette and slice into 12 slices. Place on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Broil in the oven or broiler until toasted and golden.

Keep your eyes on the crostini bread while toasting or else they might burn. 

Prepare chickpea salad. in a large bowl, combine chickpeas, black beans, corn after they have been drained and rinsed. Drain olives slices and add to the bowl. 

Add lime juice, flaxseed meal, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and salt. Toss all the ingredients to combine. 

Top each toast with chickpea salad mixture just before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme. 

I increased the lime juice and substituted the chili for cayenne pepper. I have quite a bit leftover and I’m planning to make tamales with.!

Chickpea Salad Crostini white platter overlay photo with crostini toasts topped with black beans, chickpea, corn., black olives and garnished with thyme and lime slices

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easy crostini chickpea salad recipe on a white platter with lime and thyme garnishes

Chickpea Salad Crostini

This amazing chickpea salad crostini recipe is so easy to prepare and flavorful. Toasted baguette slices topped with chickpeas, black beans, corn, olives tossed with lime and spices are the perfect quick appetizer recipe.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chickpea salad crostini
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 321kcal



  • 1 baguette cut into 12 slices
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounce can corn drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounce can black olives drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (I used cayenne)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • thyme for garnish


For The Crostini Toasts

  • Lay out the bread slices on a baking sheet. Lightly brush each slice of bread with oil. (The new silicone brushes real easily.) Put the baking sheet under the broiler. Don’t do anything else. Just stand there and keep checking the bread and don’t let it burn.
  • It only takes a couple of minutes. After the toasts are lightly browned, remove the sheet from the oven. You can make these ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator for later use, too

To Assemble

  • In a large bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients together, except thyme.
  • Top each toast with the chickpea mixture just before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg