My summer obsession: cucumber relish. I have been making and devouring this combo for the past month. If you’re in love with fresh and citrusy flavors, definitely give this recipe a try. It originated as a plain hummus and crisp bread base, but I thought crostini would be perfect! Making this the ultimate summer vibes appetizer. Of course you can substitute any bread of choice, opting for a gluten-free option depending on what’s available where you live.
I tried to make it as simple as possible to replicate. Using my favorite store bought Simple Truth hummus and ready-to-bake bread from Kroger. Feel free to use whatever you like best, I’m a fan of the garlic variety myself. You can even make your own hummus from scratch, I have a recipe here – just use all garbanzo beans and replace the lime with lemon. Of course adding garlic is optional, I highly recommend it if you’re as in love with it as I am. I mean, I go as far as to add garlic fresh and dried. Don’t judge me and my vampire-repelling breath!
A friend of mine, Kelly from Apple Seed Cuisine, actually made this relish with watermelon. I love that idea for the summer months. You can really get creative and make whatever combination of flavors and/or ingredients you like best. It’s such a versatile concept really, go crazy with it! Maybe give it a try swapping out the hummus for my firm cashew cheese. I think that would add a richer flavor and make a lovely addition to any dinner party.
The hummus is great to prep ahead the day before if possible. However the relish and crostini are best the day of serving. You can of course eat the relish over a span of a few days, just keep in mind it will gradually get stronger from the onion and lime. Which is fine if you love them both. But I wanted to give you a heads up so you’re prepared for that deep flavor goodness. I guess I’m just a fan of having potent breath. I apologize now to any one of you I ever meet in person……