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Sink your teeth into a light, refreshing cucumber sandwich made with fresh ingredients in about 10 minutes! The cream cheese with fresh herbs, mayonnaise, bright lemon juice, garlic powder, and fresh cucumber slices between two fluffy slices of bread is all that’s needed to make this cucumber sandwich recipe irresistible!

Cucumber sandwiches stacked on top of each other with dill and chives sprinkled for garnish.

As much as we all love the typical saucy and cheesy appetizers at events, it’s also essential to have at least one lighter option. These cucumber tea sandwiches are cool and refreshing, a much-needed break from heavier finger food. Of course, it also leaves more room for the main meal!

I also love serving these tiny, Sweet Dijon Pecan Baked Brie Bites or classy Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche in cocktail glasses.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cream cheese: Cream cheese holds all the delicious ingredients, from fresh lemon juice to the subtle spice from the garlic powder.
  • Mayonnaise: Add mayonnaise to create depth in flavor and make a silkier, spreadable mixture.
  • Fresh Herbs: Mix in fresh or dried chives for a mild onion-like taste and garnish the sandwiches with fresh dill, chopped.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice brightens the overall flavor of the sandwich, adding to the refreshing, crunchy cucumbers.
  • Salt and pepper: Round out the taste with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt.
  • Garlic powder: Bring a subtle spice and savory flavor to the recipe with garlic powder.
  • Bread: Use your favorite sandwich bread, like white, wheat, sourdough, Italian, or another variety. This is where you can get really personal with your take on cucumber sandwiches! If preferred, use the classic choice of soft white bread.
  • Cucumber: Thinly slice an English cucumber and peel it, if preferred.
Labeled ingredients needed to make cucumber sandwiches.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Make it Lunch: If you’d like, skip the slicing and enjoy the sandwich whole as a snack or a quick and light lunch.
  • Healthy Cucumber Sandwiches: With just a few minor adjustments, make a healthier version of this yummy recipe. Choose low-fat cream cheese and replace the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. Using whole wheat or whole grain bread is also an excellent option.
  • Cucumber Wraps: If you enjoy wraps more than sandwiches, feel free to replace the bread slices with a spinach wrap or another favorite type of wrap.
  • If necessary, use dried dill. However, fresh dill is always better.

How to Make Delicious Cucumber Sandwiches

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Mix cream cheese spread

Start by slicing the cucumber, chopping the herbs, and juicing the lemon. Be sure to strain any accidental seeds out.

Then begin making the cream cheese mixture by placing softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, chives, dill, fresh lemon juice, pepper, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.

Cutting cucumbers and herbs and then placing ingredients in bowl for cream cheese mixture.

Mix all the ingredients until evenly distributed throughout.

Cream cheese mixture in bowl being stirred and combined.

Step 2 | Assemble sandwich

Next, spread the cheese mixture evenly onto each half of the slices making sure you spread from edge to edge.

Spreading cream cheese mixture on sliced sandwich bread.

Now, place the English cucumbers onto a slice of bread, layering as you go. Then, top the sandwich with the other slice of bread.

Adding sliced cucumbers to sandwich.

Step 3 | Slice, garnish, and serve

Finally, use a sharp knife to cut the sandwich in half or into triangles or squares, garnish with a sprinkle of dill, and serve! Yum!

Sandwich place on a cutting board and then cutting it in half with a knife.

Tips

  • Crustless Bread– If preferred, remove the sandwich crust before starting the recipe. This makes them perfect for that southern afternoon tea party.
  • Chill– You can serve the dish right away or chill it in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.
  • Avoid Excess Water– If necessary, use paper towels to pat the cucumber slices dry.
  • Making the Cheese Mixture– It may help to use a hand mixer when combining the spread ingredients. However, it’s not necessary.
Cucumber sandwiches sliced in half on a wooden cutting board.

Recipe FAQs

Can cucumber sandwiches be made the night before?

While they are best served fresh or chilled for just a couple of hours, you can make cucumber sandwiches the night before in preparation for a party or event the following day. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

How do you make a sandwich in advance without it getting soggy?

Store the sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper to absorb the excess moisture.

Are cucumbers good for you?

Cucumbers are super hydrating and have antioxidants that are key for collagen synthesis and promoting healthier skin.

A cucumber sandwich with a bite taken from the sandwich.

Storage

Refrigerate: If you have leftover cucumber finger sandwiches or want to make them in advance, store them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap.

Prep Ahead: You can also meal prep or party prep by making the spread and keeping it in the fridge for up to three days, separate from the bread. Then, let it soften at room temperature for a few minutes before spreading it and adding the sliced cucumbers.

What to Serve with the Best Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Keep the starters light by serving these easy cucumber sandwiches with this sweet Berry Fruit Salad Recipe, a refreshing Strawberry Spinach Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette, or this Burrata Caprese Salad Recipe with classic Italian flavors and a fun, colorful presentation. These are also all delicious for tea time!

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A cucumber sandwich sliced in half and wrapped in brown wax paper.

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A half of a cucumber sandwich on a wooden tray.
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Cucumber Sandwiches Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Author: Nikki Lee
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (8 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or dried chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 1 cup English cucmber, thinly sliced (peeled if desired)

Instructions

  • In a bowl add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, chives, dill, lemon juice, pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Mix until combined.
  • Spread the cheese mixture onto each half of the slices.
  • Place the cucumbers onto one slice of the bread. (You can remove crust on bread if desired)
  • Then place the other slice of bread on top of the cucumbers.
  • Cut into triangles or squares.
  • Serve immediately or place in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.
  • Garnish the sandwiches by sprinkling with dill before serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 440kcal (22%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 32g (49%) Saturated Fat: 14g (88%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0.04g Cholesterol: 63mg (21%) Sodium: 798mg (35%) Potassium: 237mg (7%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 989IU (20%) Vitamin C: 5mg (6%) Calcium: 175mg (18%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    It’s so refreshing and easy to make. The combination of the crisp, cool cucumbers with the creamy spread is simply divine. It’s the perfect summertime treat!

  2. 5 stars
    These were the perfect sandwiches for an afternoon snack! Light, easy and delicious; definitely, a new favorite finger food!

  3. 5 stars
    I love how light and refreshing these sandwiches are, but substantial enough to be satisfying! I’ll definitely be making these for lunch all the time now. Thanks for the recipe!