Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

I love cucumbers. They smell heavenly and are have a refreshingly cool crunch to them. Tea sandwiches are great in their standard form, but why not make open-faced sandwiches to show off your cucumber? Okay, that didn’t come out right, but you know what I mean.

Cucumber Tea SandwichThese are so easy, you’re going to laugh. Or rather, you’re going to make them for guests and try not to smirk when your party-goers fawn all over them.

“Oh, those? They weren’t any trouble at all!”

Everyone will think you’re just being modest. There are four steps. Ready?

Shaved Cucumber

1. Shave long strips of cucumber with a regular vegetable peeler. Pat them with a paper towel if they seem too wet.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

2. Spread your favorite sandwich bread with some Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

3. Lay out cucumber in a pretty pattern, slightly overlapping. If you line up the cucumbers to one side of the bread, you’ll have long enough strips left over for a second sandwich.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

4. Cut off crusts and cut to desired shape. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter for non-square/triangular sandwiches. Sprinke with kosher salt and fresh pepper. Garnish with parsley, mint, or watercress.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Click the link for thee more completely gratuitous photos. They’re so darn pretty, I couldn’t help myself.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


  1. bazu

    Sigh. Just when I think you’ve shown us the prettiest thing ever, you come back with something sublime. These sandwiches are a work of art. I can go to bed happy now.

  2. Emmie

    That’s so simple and so gorgeous. I love it when I get ideas for EASY things I can do that will still impress friends and family. Thanks!

  3. textual bulldog

    These are so beautiful! Thank you for such a simple, elegant recipe… This is exactly why you’re my favorite food blog!

  4. Rachel

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m a tea buff, and tea foods tend to rely heavily on cream, cream cheese, butter, and eggs. Can I put in a plea for a scone recipe? This is absolutely my favorite food blog…in the past week I’ve made the tea cookies (of course!), blueberry (non-)muffins, and broccoli soup with coulis. All delicious. Thank you for being here!

  5. Kate

    I agree with Rachel; I would really appreciate more tea party recipes.

    I love your blog, the photos are beautiful.

  6. jen

    I read your stuff on the PPK forums all the time. This post, however, has made it obvious that I’ve been missing out by not checking this site everyday as well. I can’t wait to try and make these!!

  7. Lolo

    Thank you so much for the kind words everyone! Your comments really brighten my day.

    andrea – I totally forgot that people roll out the bread first! Maybe I should do that next time.

    Rachel – I know there are a bunch of good scone recipes out there already, but if I find one I like or make up something good, you can be sure I’ll post about it!

  8. norman

    I have been trying to make tofu attractive to eat for some time without success. I shall surely try some of these ideas. The products do look yumcious!

  9. Tom

    True confession: I’m not a vegan. I’m just a guy who’s been in search of a recipe for the best-looking cucumber sandwich. My search is over! This sandwich is a true work of art, and so easy! Thanks!

  10. Dennis E.

    Lolo,Great Blog, You have a lot of nice recipes & I would like to know where you get that cheeze at. I hope to here from you soon. I live near Portland,OR. Thanks

    I get Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese at my local grocery store. I think a lot of major grocery stores carry it now. Look for it by the regular cream cheeses!

  11. Steph

    Look yummy!

    What do you do with the edges when you cut them off to make pretty shapes? My tendancy would be to throw them in my mouth…but I don’t want to do that! Any other suggestions, or just save for leftovers?

    I just eat them!

  12. Jaemi

    GORGEOUS! Hosting afternoon tea to celebrate by best friend’s second pregnancy on Saturday. These are definitely making an appearance. Thanks for the inspired and downright beautiful idea!!

  13. nidhi

    OMG! If your food looks good, half the job is done. They look awesome and so very simple to make. I m definitely going to make them

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  15. Linda

    I’m making these for an “English Tea” Staff Christmas party for Friday…I love the idea of using the Christmas tree cookie cutter…can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe and the tips.

  16. Carla IIrvin

    I love to garnish cuke sandwiches with lemon zest. Also, vegenaise is a good sub for Better than Cream Cheese. A little lemon juice mixed with the vegenaise makes for a nice, fresh zip to the sandwiches.

  17. Christine

    I absolutely love your blog! Everything looks so delicious :) I can’t wait to make these cucumber tea sandwiches at my next get together! Thanks for all the great ideas!!

  18. Jennifer

    Fantastic. I made mine with the german dark bread that has dense thin slices (usually 12 grain or pumperknickel) and that my family calls “square bread” because the loaf is square, no crusts to cut off, it looked beautiful!!!

  19. LingLing

    Gosh! These are so cute and make my mouth waters!
    I am definitely making these for my Friday afternoon teaparty!

    Fantastic idea! Many thanks …

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