Cucumber and White Bean Toast Recipe

There really is something cool and refreshing about a cucumber. That iconic cucumber slice placed under your eyes soothes your skin, or you can add a slice to spruce up a drink – from water to your favorite cocktail.

Cucumbers are a healthy option, with no fat and a slew of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamin C. But cucumbers do so much more than that. They actually do cool down the temperature of your blood, can reduce swelling when applied topically, and might help lower blood sugar and keep you regular. What’s more, they can help reduce stress, boost energy, freshen breath, and even prevent hangovers. Now that’s cool.

Cucumber and White Bean Toast

Recipe by Sarah Gibson
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    Looking for the perfect appetizer for when you’re entertaining or an easy snack for the whole family? Sarah Gibson of Chattanooga has just the recipe.


    • 1 ½ cups

      great northern white beans, drained (or a 15-ounce can)

    • 1

      lemon, juiced

    • 1

      garlic clove

    • 2 Tbsp.

      extra-virgin olive oil

    • ½ tsp.

      sea salt

    • ¼ tsp.


    • 3 Tbsp.

      fresh basil, julienned (rosemary or thyme works well, too)

    • ¼ cup

      sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil

    • 1

      English cucumber, sliced on an angle

    • 4 slices

      of hearty whole wheat bread or naan bread


    • To make the white bean spread, add white beans, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Blend for 20-30 seconds. Add 2 Tbsp. fresh basil and pulse until it’s incorporated.

    • Toast the bread.

    • Meanwhile, dice the sundried tomatoes and set aside some of the oil from the jar.

    • Spread white bean mixture generously over the top of the bread. Top it with sundried tomatoes and cucumber slices. Drizzle some olive oil, sea salt, and the remaining 1 Tbsp. fresh basil for garnish.

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      “Cucumbers are a staple in our house. They serve as a snack and a healthy addition to our weekday menu. This recipe accentuates the crispness of summer cucumbers and the comfort of a flavorful white bean spread over hearty bread.”

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