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Cool as a Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

I’ve been thinking about tea parties the last couple days and am really starting to crave a nice crisp cucumber sandwich. Hm. Might be a necessary item on my to-do list. My brother’s wedding invitations can probably wait…a cucumber sandwich recipe cannot.

So for your viewing (and if you’re adventurous, eating!) pleasure, here is my special ingredient for tea parties…the cucumber sandwich. Crisp, soft, salty, savory, vinegary and creamy all at once…and so yummy, you can’t stop at one! These are probably more a mom thing than a kid thing, but I always always end up having to make a few more plates for my guests when they are on the menu!

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


  • 1 cucumber (large), peeled and thinly sliced*
  • 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 T. chopped minced garlic
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 1/4 c. room temperature butter
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 T. snipped chives
  • 8 slices white bread

For marinade:

Toss all in a bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

For spread:

Combine all in a bowl and use while soft. It keeps well in the refrigerator, but won’t tear the bread when it’s a little more pliant. This spread is also good with chopped fresh basil, if you have it available.

To assemble:

Spread cream cheese mixture on bread (both sandwich pieces). Top with marinated cucumbers. Make sure to cut the crusts for a proper tea sandwich!
*English cucumbers without seeds would probably be best here, but I regularly make them with the regular kind with no problem.



Some of you have also made a few great suggestions. If you’re having trouble cutting your sandwiches, stick them in the refrigerator for a bit so that the cream cheese hardens back up. It will make slicing easier. Also, if you have access to a electric bread knife, cutting will be a breeze. I use a serrated bread knife myself as I don’t have a mechanical slicer.

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

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Ginger Battle

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Thank you this recipe is amazing and my go to recipe now! Lots of compliments.

Paula Biggs

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Love hearing that!! Thanks for the feedback!


Monday 30th of May 2016

I make my cucumber sandwichs out of my cucumber and onions recipe. Just let then sit for at least a day to marry, then I placed on paper towels to soak up the liquid. Yummy!


Monday 18th of May 2015

I love cucumber sandwiches. I'm a caterer in Florida. One tip: I take the cucumbers out of the marinade and "dry" them on paper towels before placing them on the bread with the cream cheese. This way they don't slide when you cut them. But they still retain their flavor.

Paula Biggs

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

What a great tip, Caroline! Thanks for sharing!