Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour Flatbread with Arugula, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, and Kalamata Olives Recipe

Gluten Free Vegetarian Main Dish

This gluten free chickpea flour flatbread hails from the South of France, where it’s called socca and is served as a simple appetizer, perhaps with cold tumblers of rosé. But it also makes for an easy, satisfying gluten free vegetarian main dish on a weeknight.

Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour Flatbread with Arugula, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, and Kalamata Olives Recipe

Cooking the socca in heat-tolerant ghee ensures crispy edges and rich flavor that’s enhanced with red onion, goat cheese, and Kalamata olives, all dressed up in peppery arugula.
Servings 2
Author Alanna Taylor-Tobin


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup (115 grams) chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea or kosher salt plus more for finishing
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper plus more for finishing
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or high-heat cooking oil
  • 1/2 small red onion peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives halved
  • 2 ounces (1/3 cup) crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • A few handfuls arugula leaves
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes


  1. In a blender, combine 1 cup water with the olive oil, chickpea flour, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. (Alternatively, sift the chickpea flour, salt, and pepper into a bowl. Whisk in the water and olive oil until smooth and combined.) Cover and let the flatbread batter sit at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes to thicken slightly.
  2. Heat the oven to 475°F. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and swirl in the ghee. Pour the flatbread batter into the hot pan and, working fairly quickly, carefully layer the toppings over the batter in the following order: red onion, olives, goat cheese.
  3. Return the skillet to the oven and bake until the edges are deep golden brown, and the center is mostly set, 18 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the flatbread from the pan to a cutting board. The socca will continue to cook from residual heat.
  4. Toss the arugula with the lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, the pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Scatter over the socca, drizzle with more olive oil, cut into wedges, and serve.

Photography Alanna Taylor-Tobin

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