Artichoke Tomato Pesto Flatbread Recipe

It's safe to say that bread-based dishes with toppings are a strong win for most people. The combination of bread, whether it's soft, chewy, or crispy, adorned with flavorful toppings is a fun and delicious eating experience and the variations are endless. Pizza, bruschetta, and open-faced sandwiches are up there when it comes to fan favorites, but flatbread with creative toppings might be the best of all. This recipe is easy to throw together, highly customizable, and can be served as an appetizer or main dish.

Wellness coach and recipe developer Miriam Hahn brings us this recipe for artichoke tomato pesto flatbread and says, "The Mediterranean flavors in this recipe are spot on. We've got the briny artichokes, fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, and lemon that come together in a light olive oil marinade. You can make your own flatbread, or use store-bought to speed things up." Read on to learn how to make this light but satisfying appetizer or meal.

Gather the ingredients for artichoke tomato pesto flatbread

This flatbread is full of fresh ingredients, so you can start in the produce aisle and pick up some grape tomatoes, red onion, fresh dill, fresh basil, lemon, garlic, and arugula.

For the flatbread base, you'll need all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, and cornmeal. "If you want to save the step of making the flatbread, pick up a pre-made version. You can also make individual flatbreads by using the smaller size," Hahn shares.

Then a few last ingredients to round out the pesto and toppings — artichoke hearts (packed in water), red wine vinegar, walnuts, and nutritional yeast.

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 475 F.

Step 2: Add flour and salt to food processor

Add the flour and 1 teaspoon salt to a food processor and pulse to combine.

Step 3: Add the remaining dough ingredients

Now add 1 cup warm water and 3 tablespoons of oil and blend until it forms into a ball.

Step 4: Knead the dough

Knead the dough on a floured board for one minute.

Step 5: Roll out the dough

Roll out the dough into a long rectangle shape or 2 smaller pieces.

Step 6: Pierce and bake the dough

Place the flatbread on the baking sheet that's been sprinkled with cornmeal, poke with a fork in several places, and bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 7: Combine the toppings

In a large bowl combine the artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and red onion with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, red wine vinegar, dill, ½ teaspoon of salt, and the pepper.

Step 8: Make the pesto

To make the pesto, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, basil, lemon juice, garlic, walnuts, nutritional yeast, and remaining salt in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Step 9: Spread pesto on flatbread

Spread a thin layer of the pesto on the baked flatbread.

Step 10: Add the toppings and bake

Top the pesto with the artichoke mixture and bake for 5 minutes.

Step 11: Add the arugula and serve

Remove from the oven, top with arugula, slice, and serve. Add extra dill if desired.

How can I customize the artichoke tomato pesto flatbread?

There are many ways to tailor the flatbread to your personal tastes and preferences. We're using a freshly made pesto as the base. While basil is traditional, you can experiment with other herbs and greens like parsley, cilantro, arugula, or a combination of herbs for a unique flavor profile. Swap out walnuts for pine nuts, almonds, pecans, or even sunflower seeds. Each nut or seed will bring a different texture and flavor to the pesto. If you're not trying to keep the recipe plant-based, instead of the nutritional yeast you can add Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, or another hard cheese to enhance the savory and umami flavors.

For the toppings, you can throw in or substitute vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, or olives for extra crunch and flavor. Add fresh herbs such as basil, mint, or parsley to enhance the overall bright freshness of the dish. Introduce sun-dried tomatoes for a concentrated and sweet tomato flavor. You could also top the vegetables with a handful of crumbled feta or goat cheese before baking.

For a burst of citrus flavor, consider adding the zest of a lemon or lime to the cooked flatbread to brighten up the dish. You can also drizzle a balsamic glaze over the mixture for a sweet and tangy element.

What can I serve with the artichoke tomato pesto flatbread?

If you are serving the flatbread as a main course, consider pairing it with a warm bowl of soup. The sweet and smoky flavors of red pepper soup would complement the pesto as well as the artichoke and tomato on the flatbread. A classic tomato basil soup or a tomato squash soup would bring out the tomato flavors in the flatbread and provide a comforting and flavorful pairing. Lentil soup, especially one with Middle Eastern spices like cumin and turmeric, would be a flavorful and protein-rich option.

If you are combining the flatbread with other appetizers, hummus served with pita bread, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and cherry tomatoes is a nice pairing. Mozzarella caprese skewers using cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, and drizzled with balsamic glaze would make wonderful accompaniments for the flatbread. A charcuterie board offering a variety of cheeses (goat cheese, feta, etc.), cured meats, nuts, and dried fruits would also work well alongside the flatbread.

Artichoke Tomato Pesto Flatbread Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
A yeast-free flatbread covered with basil pesto and a bright, fresh mix of artichokes and cherry tomatoes makes an easy and delicious vegan meal or appetizer.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
13
minutes
Servings
4
Servings
flatbread on board
Total time: 28 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 (15-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill + more for topping
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup arugula
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 F.
  2. Add the flour and 1 teaspoon salt to a food processor and pulse to combine.
  3. Now add 1 cup warm water and 3 tablespoons of oil and blend until it forms into a ball.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured board for one minute.
  5. Roll out the dough into a long rectangle shape or 2 smaller pieces.
  6. Place the flatbread on the baking sheet that's been sprinkled with cornmeal, poke with a fork in several places, and bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. In a large bowl combine the artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and red onion with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, red wine vinegar, dill, ½ teaspoon of salt, and the pepper.
  8. To make the pesto, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, basil, lemon juice, garlic, walnuts, nutritional yeast, and remaining salt in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  9. Spread a thin layer of the pesto on the baked flatbread.
  10. Top the pesto with the artichoke mixture and bake for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven, top with arugula, slice, and serve. Add extra dill if desired.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 670
Total Fat 31.5 g
Saturated Fat 3.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 83.3 g
Dietary Fiber 12.6 g
Total Sugars 4.5 g
Sodium 759.4 mg
Protein 19.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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