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Hummus Crostini Appetizers

Now that the 4th of July has come and gone, summer is in full swing. Not only are we (finally) seeing sunny skies and warm weather, but we’ve also had a lot of visitors in the last few weeks. Jack’s sister was in town for the 4th, and his parents were in a week earlier. We’ve had friends visiting as well!

With company in the house, I always like to have a few good appetizer ideas up my sleeve. Different people like to eat at different times, and I never want guests to starve while they wait for dinner to be served. In the past, I’ve made my own hummus or served avocado toast, but with the amount of people we’ve had coming and going in the last few weeks, I decided to go a different route this year.

This summer, ALDI is launching creative new hummus flavors all season long. When I saw the range of options – Jalapeño Lime, Rosemary Sea Salt, Ranch, and more – I knew that these spreads would be my entertaining hack for summer appetizers.

Easy appetizers

Rather than spending time in the kitchen blending up my own hummus or worrying about avocado toast getting brown, I used these new, flavor-packed hummuses from ALDI as the base of these crostini appetizers. With the yummy hummuses already made, I could spend less time in the kitchen and more with our guests. And instead of thinking about making hummus, I could focus on showcasing the wonderful produce we have this time of year.

I paired each hummus with simple, fresh ingredients, and let me tell you, these crostini pack a huge punch of flavor. I found all the ingredients at ALDI, so they’re affordable entertaining options. But best of all, these crostini appetizer ideas are really easy to assemble. Our summer guests will vouch for how delicious they are, too!

My Easy Crostini Appetizer Recipes

I tried six of the new ALDI hummus flavors for these appetizer recipes, and I developed a fresh topping combination for each. Here are my new go-to summer appetizer ideas:

  • Greek Salad Crostini – A cube of feta, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes & cucumber make a tangy, briny & crisp topping for Mediterranean hummus.
  • Cool Cucumber Ranch Crostini – I top a slather of the Ranch hummus with cucumber ribbons, lime juice, and chives.
  • Corn Ceviche Crostini – My favorite! We LOVE the crisp, bright mixture of corn, chiles, red onion & lime over zesty Jalapeño Lime hummus.
  • Strawberry Caprese Crostini – Have you every tried eating hummus with something sweet? For this crostini, I use the ALDI Park Street Deli Classic hummus, and I swap a strawberry for the tomato in the caprese trifecta. Let me tell you, the sweet/savory combination is absolutely delicious!
  • Roasted Grape & Feta Crostini – Another sweet pairing, and another favorite! Juicy roasted grapes & earthy Rosemary Sea Salt hummus are a match made in heaven. A tangy crumble of feta and sprigs of thyme are the perfect finishing touch.
  • Beet, Avocado & Chia Crostini – This one couldn’t be simpler – it’s just a dollop of sweet beet hummus, a few slices of creamy avocado, and a sprinkle of chia for crunch. I love the bold colors in this combo!

If you have leftover hummus after making these summer appetizers, use it in a chickpea shawarma wrap or an easy veggie wrap. Of course, all these hummus flavors are good with fresh veggies & crackers, too.

If you love these appetizer ideas…

Head to ALDI to find all these fresh ingredients and bold hummuses at great prices. And if you try these easy appetizers, comment below with your favorite!

Hummus Crostini Appetizers

Author: Jeanine Donofrio

Recipe type: appetizer

  • Specially Selected French Baguette, sliced and toasted
  • ½ cup sweet corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon minced jalapeño
  • 2 teaspoons minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Park Street Deli Jalapeño Lime Hummus
  • Park Street Deli Rosemary Sea Salt Hummus
  • Organic red grapes
  • Simply Nature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt
  • Happy Farms Feta Block, crumbled
  • Thyme leaves
  • Park Street Deli Mediterranean Hummus
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Mini cucumbers, sliced
  • Park Street Deli Kalamata Olives, halved
  • Happy Farms Feta Block, sliced
  • Simply Nature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Pinches of Simply Nature Oregano
  • Park Street Deli Ranch Hummus
  • Mini cucumbers, peeled into ribbons
  • Simply Nature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Lemon, for squeezing
  • Sea salt
  • Chopped chives, optional
  • Park Street Deli Classic Hummus
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Priano Fresh Mozzarella, sliced
  • Basil leaves
  • Simply Nature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Park Street Deli Beet Hummus
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Lemon, for squeezing
  • Simply Nature Chia Seeds, for sprinkling
  • Sea salt
  1. In a small bowl, combine the corn, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and sea salt. Chill until ready to use. Assemble crostini with the hummus and spoonfuls of the ceviche.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the grapes on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 7 to 10 minutes or until soft and bursty. Assemble crostini with the hummus, roasted grapes, sprinkles of feta, and thyme leaves.
  1. Assemble crostini with the hummus, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano.
  1. Assemble crostini with the hummus and top with cucumber ribbons. Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze a little lemon juice, and sprinkle with sea salt and chives, if using.
  1. Assemble crostini with the hummus, top with strawberries, mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  1. Assemble crostini with the hummus, top with avocado, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of chia seeds, and a pinch of salt.

Note: the Corn “Ceviche” and roasted grapes can be prepared in advance and stored for 2-3 days in the fridge.



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“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.


Serves 6


2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
fresh, torn basil


In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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