Easy Cucumber Sandwiches

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These cucumber sandwiches are light, fresh, and crisp with a creamy, flavorful spread that ties it all together.

Cucumber tea sandwiches stacked on a white serving platter

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches have been around for over 100 years and they honestly haven’t varied much since they first started being made. They originated in the Victorian era of England and were enjoyed as a light snack or during afternoon tea. Since then, the popularity of a cucumber sandwich has spread worldwide and is enjoyed for tea parties, brunches, bridal showers, baby showers, luncheons or any other quaint gatherings where one might serve light finger foods.

This recipe is perfect for tea parties, as an easy snack, or a light lunch. Serve these sandwiches along with one of our easy salads or refreshing drinks

What Are Cucumber Sandwiches Made Of?

Cucumber sandwiches are very simple, light, and refreshing. They don’t require a lot of ingredients and come together in minutes! Though there can be many different variations on a cucumber sandwich recipe, some things always remain the same: bread, cucumbers and spread.

Ingredients to make cucumber sandwiches including bread, cucumbers, cream cheese, green onion, mayo, and dill

Bread

The bread for the best cucumber sandwiches should always be soft and light and thinly sliced. White bread is always a popular choice. Some people like to use a soft wheat bread or pumpernickel. We prefer a good buttermilk bread because of the subtle buttery flavor and soft texture. You can also mix and match bread! Use half of the bread slices on one side and a different kind on the other.

Cucumbers

For this cucumber sandwich recipe you want to use a sharp knife or a mandolin to slice your cucumbers very THIN. You can peel them first, leave the peels on, or use a fork or peeler to make a design in the peel before slicing. I love English cucumbers for this sandwich but you can use any type of cucumber you like. There are a few ways to do this:

  • Stack them – like in the picture
  • Layer cucumbers halfway over each other in rows like a fanned out stack of cards.
  • Come up with your own creative way to layer them!

Spread

We like to use softened cream cheese but butter works great too (and some may argue it is more “traditional”) We like adding some mayonnaise, dill, and green onion to the spread to give it a flavor boost. For added flavor you can also try:

  • Dry Ranch dressing mix
  • Dry Italian dressing mix
  • Fresh, roasted garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Black Pepper and Kosher Salt
  • Parsley
  • Lemon Zest
  • Fresh Chives
  • Onion Powder
  • Fresh Herbs
Cream cheese, mayo, green onion, and dill in a small bowl to make a cream cheese spread

How to Keep Cucumber Sandwiches From Getting Soggy

There are a couple things you can do to keep your sandwich from getting soggy. First, in a large bowl, lightly toss the sliced cucumbers in a little salt to draw out any excess moisture. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Drain off the excess liquid and then use a damp paper towel to pat the cucumbers dry. They will still be crisp, just less watery.

Next, spread the cream cheese mixture thick enough so you don’t see the bread through the spread (see image below). This will create a barrier preventing the moisture from the cucumbers from seeping into the bread, making it soggy.

Two slices of bread with a cream cheese spread to make cucumber sandwiches

Low Carb Cucumber Sandwich or Snack Idea

One of our favorite things to do with the leftover cream cheese spread and cucumbers is to make filled cucumber boats. Peel and cut any leftover cucumbers in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Spread any remaining spread in the well. Kick it up a notch by sprinkling bagel topping seeds over the top. You can serve it as one giant “boat” or cut into smaller bite-size pieces. It’s the perfect low-carb or Keto snack!

A cucumber tea sandwich wedge being help above a tray of cucumber sandwiches.

Get The Kids Involved:

My kids LOVE these sandwiches because they can easily help make them! My older kids can cut and slice the cucumbers. The younger kids can peel cucumbers and spread the cream cheese mixture on the bread pieces. So many different kitchen skills can be taught with these simple sandwiches. Also, if you get your kids involved they will be more likely to eat what they are preparing!

FAQs

What cucumbers are best?

Any variety of slicing cucumbers will work great for cucumber sandwiches. Slicing cucumbers are usually dark green, uniform in color, and have a very mild taste. “Slicers” are the most common variety of cucumber in the United States. They are the kind you will easily find in most grocery stores. They have a thicker, tougher skin than European varieties which is why most prefer to peel them before slicing.

What is the difference between tea sandwiches and finger sandwiches?

They are the same thing. Some may argue that “tea” sandwiches are cut into triangles or squares and “finger” sandwiches are cut into long, rectangular “fingers”. How they are cut actually doesn’t matter, no matter what you call them. “Finger” has less to do with the shape and more to do with the fact that they are eaten with your fingers.

Can cucumber sandwiches be made ahead of time?

Yes! They can be made up to a day ahead of time and still taste great. See the tips above for how to keep your cucumber sandwiches from getting soggy. Just keep them neatly stacked in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

More Ideas For Tea Sandwiches (or Finger Sandwiches)

Make a variety of tea sandwiches to go with these cucumber sandwiches at your next tea party or brunch. We grew up eating these ribbon finger sandwiches (image below) made with deviled ham and cheese spread. They are delicious and so pretty for tea parties!

Ribbon Finger Sandwiches

You can also make little egg salad sandwiches with this recipe, just cut them into bite-sized finger sandwiches or squares for easy serving. Try this method using our easy chicken salad sandwich recipe as well! 

Easy Tea Party Recipes and Ideas

Complete your tea party with these other easy recipes and ideas:

Cucumber sandwich wedges on a white serving platter

Cucumber Sandwiches

5 from 2 votes
These cucumber sandwiches are light, fresh, and crisp with a creamy, flavorful spread that ties it all together.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course brunch, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine English
Servings 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel cucumbers (if desired) and slice into thin slices.
    In a small bowl, combine softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, chopped green onion, and fresh dill. Stir until smooth and well combined.
    Cream cheese, mayo, green onion, and dill in a small bowl to make a cream cheese spread
  • Lay out bread slices and spread about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on each slice, or to taste.
    Two slices of bread with a cream cheese spread to make cucumber sandwiches
  • Layer cucumber slices on half of the slices and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
    A slice of bread with a cream cheese spread and another slice of bread with sliced cucumbers
  • Place the remaining slices of bread over the top of the cucumber slices. Press the sandwich together gently and use a sharp, serrated knife to cut off the crusts.
    Cut each sandwich diagonally into 4 triangles or 3-4 rectangular "fingers" (whichever you prefer).
    Cucumber sandwiches cut into triangles and stacked on a serving platter
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    A cucumber tea sandwich wedge being help above a tray of cucumber sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 243mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 648IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This sandwich is so popular here in the UK but honestly, I never tried. Now I definitely will. You convinced me. It sounds super delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    These sandwiches will be so perfect for a baby shower! I have a few this summer so I’m going to save this recipe!