Chickpea Bruschetta

Chickpea Bruschetta

When Matt and I first started dating, I was honestly a little skeptical about dating a vegetarian. This chickpea bruschetta was one of the first things he ever made for me. On that particular date night, he made the brushcetta along side some really good polenta with tomato sauce. He definitely proved to this carnivore that vegetarian food can be amazing.

This dish is served as an amuse-bouche at Babbo, but we often serve it as a hearty first course or as a meal in itself. When you pile up the chickpeas on the bread like we do, it becomes more of a knife and fork kind of dish, though it is kind of a fun challenge to try to pick it up to eat without the chickpeas rolling off of the bread.

Making the bruschetta really just involves mixing a bunch of ingredients together and toasting bread. That said, I would highly recommend making the topping an hour or two ahead of time to let the flavors meld together. We tweaked the recipe a little bit by adding less oil because the olive tapanade we bought was already pretty oily, but I would recommend trying the topping before serving and adjusting to your taste.

Chickpea Bruschetta

Yield: 4 servings

Chickpea Bruschetta

Adapted from Babbo recipe via Serious Eats


  • 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons black olive paste
  • 4 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, finely shredded.
  • Thick crusty bread


  • Combine the chickpeas through the garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes, preferably longer.
  • When ready to serve, toast or grill the bread. Spoon the mixture on the bread, top with the basil and course salt, and serve.

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  • Michelle Collins

    These look great! We always have chickpeas in our pantry, and I’m constantly looking for new ways to incorporate them in recipes. I will definitely have to give this a try!

  • Sacha Madadian

    Any way you can use chickpeas, I’ll love it. This looks like a great starter and a refreshing twist on bruschetta.

  • Meghan M.

    Yum, this definitely looks like it could make a fun meal with a glass of wine. 🙂

  • Simply Life

    what a creative idea for bruschetta! I love this!

  • Kristen

    this is a genius idea for a new twist on bruschetta. definitely keeping this recipe in mine the next time i need to make an app!

  • Emily

    i would absolutely swoon over this dish! After having a broccoli rabe and white bean bruschetta at Artu, I vowed to continue on the theme at home but haven’t. Trying this!

  • Shannon G

    that looks absolutely fantastic!!

  • Kelsey S

    What could we use in place of the black olive paste? Neither me nor my fiance are fond of olives.

    • Colleen

      A small amount of good capers might add that salty, briny flavor that the olives provide. Or, you could probably just omit it entirely and make sure you season it with plenty of salt, herbs, and balsamic.

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