White Bean Hummus and Arugula Pesto Crostini


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Do you have a default food vehicle? By which I mean something that exists solely as a delivery mechanism for something else? Examples include crackers, tortilla chips and lettuce cups. Mine is crostini. I put pretty much everything on crostini. And when I was in Spain, I learned it was an international standard to put everything on sliced bread (enter pintxo)!

Crostini is an Italian appetizer of small, toasted bread slices topped with spreads, meats, and cheeses. Really, the toppings are as endless as the names for foods served on bread. While I love cheese and cured meats on crostini, I always want to provide options. These hummus and pesto crostini are excellent for vegetarians, vegans, or lactose intolerant friends (with a modification to the arugula pesto, see note below). Additionally, I serve the hummus and pesto crostini with gluten free crackers as well as toasted bread for those who prefer one or the other.

I’d love to hear your favorite crostini toppings or more about your food vehicles! Leave a comment below or share yours on Instagram using #seasonedvegetable 🙂 Let me know if you try this recipe! Leave a comment below, rate it, and check out The Seasoned Vegetable on Facebook!

Hummus and Pesto Crostini

These easy hummus and pesto crostini are ideal for a potluck or to serve as appetizers. The smooth hummus and bright pesto are the perfect toppings to crunchy toast or crackers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups white bean hummus
  • 1 cup arugula pesto
  • 1 package Mary’s Gone Crackers or 1 loaf french bread, sliced and lightly toasted


  1. Spread a thin layer of hummus and pesto onto each cracker or slice of toast. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I’ll often buy discounted day-old baguettes from a local bakery to make crostini. I slice it and freeze the bread so it lasts as long as I want! When I’m ready for this crostini, I’ll toast the frozen bread on a sheet pan in the oven.

Check out the modifications on the recipe for arugula pesto so this crostini is vegan friendly!

Try your hand at bread making! This blog has all you would ever need to know about baking sourdough bread. Or try this baguette recipe from King Arthur Flour.

Don’t have crackers or a french style bread? Toast sandwich bread and cut into strips or triangles for a fancy feeling appetizer!

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