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Cucumber Crackers with Hummus Recipe

Cucumber Crackers with Hummus

Prep Time 20 minutes

For a healthy snack, thick slices of cucumber topped with delicious homemade hummus are the perfect combination. You can also try toppings for your cucumber "crackers" like mayonnaise with 1 or 2 halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, or peanut butter. Or let your kids concoct their own recipe. Who knows? Cucumbers and strawberry jam could become a family heirloom.

This recipe is also a great way to introduce your kids to fresh-from-the-garden food. You don't have to dig up half the lawn - or even have a lawn. All you need is a sunny spot, some deep pots, and a few bags of soil.

by Caroline Bates

What you'll need

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Notes:

Yields 1 cup of hummus

How to make it

  1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold water. Put them in a blender or a food processor, then add the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and olive oil. Purée the mixture until smooth and creamy, adding a little water if it's too stiff. Transfer the hummus to a small bowl and stir in the parsley and paprika.
  2. Top each cucumber slice with a dollop of hummus, then top with a cherry-tomato quarter.

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