This light and fresh spring appetizer is the perfect way to whet your appetite without spoiling your dinner. These crostini are topped with an elegant pea mixture that's similar to a pesto, drizzled with vegan crème fraîche, and then finished with dainty slices of radish.

Sweet Pea Crostini [Vegan, Gluten-Free]





  • 2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 3/4 cup loosely-packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil evenly divided
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated vegan Parmesan cheese
  • 1 French baguette cut into 24 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup vegan crème fraîche
  • 3-4 radishes, cut into matchsticks


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cut a French baguette into 24 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Using 1/4 cup of the olive oil, lightly brush both sides of each bread slice with the olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper as desired. Bake them for 15-20 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, add the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil, the mint leaves, parmesan, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Blend this until the leaves reach a consistency similar to pesto.
  4. Next, add the sweet peas to the food processor and blend them until they're chopped.
  5. To assemble the crostini, place one generous teaspoon of the pea mixture on each crostini. Scoop the crème fraîche into a ziplock bag and cut a small hole in one of the quarters and drizzle the crème fraîche onto each individual crostini, in a similar fashion as piping icing.
  6. Sprinkle each crostini with the radish matchsticks. Serve them immediately.

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