When life demands a little fancy, just add an “ini.” Having the boss over for drinks? Pour her a martini. Hoping to woo your dinner date? Serve fettuccini. Throwing a dinner party and need an easy, impressive app? Time for some Pea Crostini with Feta and Dill!

spring pea crostini with feta and dill on a slice of baguette

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Crostini is one of the most straightforward, yet brilliant appetizer concepts (as Whipped Feta Crostini already knows).

  • It’s a radically simple idea—small slices of toasted bread heaped with yummy toppings.
  • It’s an appetizer that’s somehow equally appropriate for a bare feet, backyard affair as it is for a black-tie bash.
  • It’s universally appealing—carbs + tasty toppings = food love for all (basically a cold, miniature variation of Ricotta Pizza).
  • AND it’s endlessly adaptable.

Today’s spring pea crostini was inspired by the arrival of fresh produce and my subsequent desire to fill my life with all things green. (However, when fall arrives, I’m all about these Pumpkin Goat Cheese Crostini.)

A white bowl of fresh green peas, feta, and dill for crostini topping

How to Make Pea Crostini

Made with fresh, vibrant spring peas and combined with salty feta and friendly dill, this elegant and healthy pea crostini topping is both light and lively (like my favorite Pea Salad).


The Ingredients

  • Baguette. The perfect crusty, yet sturdy, base for large heaping scoops of this delightful pea crostini topping.
  • Peas. Rich in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, these little legumes were once my sworn childhood enemy and now a beloved kitchen staple (I’m looking at you Pea, Lentil & Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing).

Ingredient Note

Fun fact: peas are not a vegetable, they’re legumes and actually more closely related to beans or peanuts.

  • Feta. For a little salty, creamy tang (Believe it or not, feta also is amazing in this Watermelon Salad recipe).
  • Dill. Tastes like PURE springtime and pairs lovely with the peas and lemon. (It’s also in this Smoked Salmon Dip, another go-to party appetizer in my house.)
  • Lemon Juice. For acidity and brightness that compliment the fresh springtime flavor of the peas. (Lemon juice also brightens these Crab Artichoke Toasts.)
  • Olive Oil. Adds moisture, healthy fats, and helps bind the pea topping together. If you have high-quality olive oil on hand for special occasions, this is a great time to use it.
  • Salt + Red Pepper Flakes. Balances and enhances the flavors and add a little bit of heat.
Spring Pea Feta Crostini with Dill on pieces of crust toasted bread

The Directions

  1. Toast the baguette slices.
  2. Blanch the peas.
  3. Toss the peas with the remaining ingredients and then mash with a fork.
  4. Top the toasted bread slices with the pea topping and serve. ENJOY!
Spring Pea Crostini served with tomato soup on a wood board

If you are looking for a fabulous appetizer to add a little fancy to your springtime soiree, this spring pea crostini with feta and dill is the “ini” you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between Crostini and Bruschetta?

Crostini, meaning “little toasts” in Italian, covers a broader category of appetizers where assorted savory toppings or pates are served on top of plain toasted bread. Bruschetta, on the other hand, also has a toast bottom, but it is usually rubbed with garlic while warm and drizzled with olive oil. Bruschetta can be served plain, or commonly with a tomato and basil relish.

Can I Use Frozen Peas?

Yes! While I love using fresh spring peas when they’re accessible at my local farmer’s market, I’ve also made this recipe many times with frozen peas and it is equally delicious.

What is a Good Substitute for Feta Cheese?

If you don’t enjoy feta or don’t have any on hand, goat cheese, crumbled halloumi, or queso fresco would all be suitable alternatives you could experiment with.

Pea Dill Feta Crostini

Pea Crostini

An easy pea crostini recipe with fresh spring peas, creamy feta, and fresh dill. The perfect elegant appetizer or side for spring and summer!

Total: 20 mins

Servings: 12 crostini

Ingredients
  

  • 12 baguette slices
  • 1 cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then arrange baguette slices on top in a single layer. Bake until the slices are toasted and golden around the edges, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the peas and quickly blanch, 1 minute for fresh peas or 2 minutes for frozen. Drain peas and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and red pepper flakes, then mash with the back of a fork. Stir in the dill, then the feta.
  • Top each crostini with a few tablespoons of the pea mixture and serve.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Once assembled, pea crostini is best enjoyed within a few hours. Leftover pea crostini topping may be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 12)Calories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 128IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg

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    1. Great question! I do think this tastes its absolute best day of, but you could get away with making the topping a day in advance, then topping the bread slices just before serving.

  1. I wasn’t able to mash the peas with a fork as called for in the recipe. Instead, I needed to use an immersion blender with the chop attachment to get results as in the recipe photo. Also, I found the spread a bit too tart and would decrease the amount of lemon juice and increase the amount of dill. Adding a bit of garlic would also ramp up the flavor.

    1. Hi Carole, thanks for sharing your review and additional tips. I found using a fork worked just fine, but it sounds like an immersion blender worked well for you too!