Cucumber Slices with Chickpea Puree and Thyme

The folate in the chickpeas produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure. The vitamin C in the red peppers helps counteract the damage brought about by the stress hormone cortisol.
Body+Soul, 2008
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Total Time 10 minutes
  • Yield Serves 6
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  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, cut into small strips


  1. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, lemon juice, thyme, garlic, oil, and 1/4 cup water; process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and process until combined.

  2. Dividing evenly, dollop chickpea puree onto cucumber slices, top with a roasted red pepper strip and thyme leaves. Serve immediately.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (4)

  • Tiffanysgram 26 Feb, 2010

    Can someone tell me where to find the nutritional information for these recipes on this site

  • Tiffanysgram 26 Feb, 2010

    where is the nutritional information for the recipes on this site

  • winterdale 24 Apr, 2009

    I had no such issues as the person below. Straight from the recipe it worked great. I added a little extra lemon juice for a good kick.

  • cjincarolina 3 Jan, 2009

    Beware. When I first made this according to the directions, it turned out bland and runny. I ended up having to add another can of drained beans, more thyme, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. I also ended up adding some worchestershire sauce. It finally had some substance and taste after all of those additions. Just FYI.